Ozempic Weight Loss Pen
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Ozempic

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Overview

Ozempic Weight Loss Injection UK

We don’t currently offer Ozempic for weight loss at Simple Online Pharmacy. We do, however, offer other similar weight loss injections called Wegovy (coming early to mid 2022) and Saxenda. These contain similar active ingredients and are injected under the skin (subcutaneously) daily to help suppress appetite.

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is an injectable medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps the body to reduce high blood sugar levels. By controlling blood sugar levels it reduces the risk of diabetic complications like heart disease and heart attacks. 

It contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which is known as a GLP-1 analogue. It’s a weekly injection and the dose is gradually increased over 4 - 8 weeks until a maintenance dose is reached.

How does it work for weight loss?

The active ingredient, semaglutide, is very similar to a natural hormone in the body called GLP-1. This hormone plays an important role in appetite control and regulation. By mimicking this hormone, semaglutide helps to regulate your appetite and make you feel fuller and less hungry. This can lead to people eating less and losing weight.

Is Ozempic legal?

Ozempic is a fully approved and licensed medicine in the UK. However, it’s only been approved as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and isn’t currently licensed as a weight-loss treatment. You may find certain private weight loss clinics prescribing it and this is legal but it’s known as ‘off-label’ prescribing. This is when a medicine is prescribed outside the scope of its licence.

If you do buy Ozempic online, you should make sure that the website you are buying from is a UK registered and regulated online pharmacy.

Is Ozempic available on the NHS?

Ozempic is available on the NHS for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It’s not currently offered by the NHS as a weight loss medication. Ozempic is only available for weight loss on private prescriptions from private weight loss clinics. Each private clinic will set its own Ozempic cost to their patients.

The weight-loss treatment orlistat is available on the NHS and it can also be bought from your local pharmacy.

Ozempic alternatives

Although Ozempic isn’t licensed for weight loss, other weight loss injections are licensed in the UK. Saxenda contains a similar active ingredient (from the same medicine class) and works similarly for weight loss. Weogvy contains the same active ingredient but at a different dose. Find out the full differences in 'Wegovy vs Ozempic'.

These have been approved by the regulators as effective weight loss injections. Saxenda is available on private prescriptions now and Wegovy at release in early 2022.

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Another licensed weight loss drug in the UK is orlistat. This is an oral capsule taken up to three times a day with a main meal. Orlistat works by reducing the amount of fat the body absorbs from food, which reduces your calorie intake.

It’s available over the counter under the brand names Alli and Orlos. A prescription-only brand called Xenical is also available.

These weight loss treatments can be ordered online from our online doctor weight loss clinic.

FAQ

Is Ozempic used for weight loss?

Ozempic is only licensed in the UK as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. It’s used to control blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of diabetes complications. However, there is evidence that it can be useful as a weight-loss treatment and some private weight loss clinics do prescribe Ozempic in the UK for weight loss. This is called ‘off-label’ prescribing because it’s being prescribed for weight loss even though it’s not licensed as a weight loss medicine.

Is Ozempic an insulin?

Although Ozempic pen is used to treat people with type 2 diabetes, it isn’t insulin. Insulin is an important treatment for people with type 1 diabetes and is sometimes used in type 2 diabetes. Ozempic works to reduce blood sugar levels only when blood sugar is too high.

Does Ozempic suppress appetite?

One of the common side effects of Ozempic is a decreased appetite. It can also lead to weight loss as a side effect, which is why some doctors will prescribe Ozempic for weight loss. Other medicines that work similarly are Wegovy and Saxenda. These are licensed weight-loss treatments and help to control appetite and lead to weight loss.

Where can I buy Ozempic in the UK?

Ozempic for weight loss can only be prescribed by a private weight loss clinic in the UK. There are very few options online to buy Ozempic. If you do want to buy Ozempic online in the UK, we recommend that you carefully check the website to make sure it’s a genuine regulated online pharmacy. 

If you want to buy licensed weight loss treatments instead like orlistat or Saxenda, you can visit our online doctor weight loss clinic.

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Treatment Comparison

SaxendaXenicalOrlistatMysimba
IngredientLiraglutideOrlistat 120mgOrlistat 120mgNaltrexone/Bupropion
MechanismRegulates appetiteReduces fat absorptionReduces fat absorptionRegulates appetite
DoseInjected once dailyOne three times daily with mealsOne three times daily with mealsGradually increased to 4 tablets daily

Side Effects

Ozempic Side Effects

The side effects below are taken from the Ozempic patient information leaflet. This leaflet has been produced for people taking Ozempic for type 2 diabetes treatment. The information may not be correct for people using Ozempic for weight loss through a private clinic because the doses used may differ. 

Two very common side effects are nausea and diarrhoea. These are thought to affect more than 1 in 10 people using this medicine. These side effects usually improve after using this medicine for some time.

An uncommon but serious side effect is an inflamed pancreas (acute pancreatitis). This can cause severe pain in the stomach and back which doesn’t go away. Anyone with signs of this side effect should seek medical attention.

Other side effects include vomiting, stomach bloating, tiredness, reduced appetite, and acid reflux. For a complete list of side effects, see section 4 of the patient information leaflet.

Warnings

Warnings

Ozempic is not suitable for everyone. It should not be taken by anyone who’s allergic to semaglutide or any of the other ingredients. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take this medicine. 

Studies have shown that the family of medicines that semaglutide belongs to (GLP-1 analogues) can cause thyroid tumors in rats. There is very little data about this effect on humans, but the risk cannot be excluded.

For more information on the warnings associated with this medicine, see section 2 of the patient information leaflet.

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Orlistat

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy MedExpress
Assured Pharmacy
120mg x252 £98.95
£149.99 £120.00
120mg x168 £67.95
£109.99 £90.00
120mg x84 £34.00
£68.99 £53.00
120mg x42 £17.50
60mg x84 £14.89

Xenical 120 mg Capsules

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy MedExpress
252 £130.50
£159.99
168 £87.99
£119.99
84 £44.50
£68.99
42 £29.99
£51.99

Saxenda

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy Pharmacy2U
Treated
Saxenda Pen Only(No Needles) x1 £51.00
£75.00 £75.00
Saxenda Pen Only(No Needles) x2 £100.00
N/A £140.00
Saxenda Pen Only(No Needles) x3 £150.00
N/A £200.00
Saxenda Pen Only(No Needles) x4 £200.00
N/A £250.00
Saxenda Pen Only(No Needles) x5 £240.00
£319.99 £300.00
Pen + Sharps Bin x1 - + 1 x Sharps Bin £54.00
Pen + Sharps Bin x2 - + 1 x Sharps Bin £103.00
Pen + Sharps Bin x3 - + 1 x Sharps Bin £153.00
Pen + Sharps Bin x4 - + 1 x Sharps Bin £203.00
Pen + Sharps Bin x5 - + 1 x Sharps Bin £243.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x1 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £57.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x2 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £106.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x3 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £155.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x4 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £205.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x5 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £245.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x1 - + 1 x Needles £55.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x2 - + 100 Needles £104.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x3 - + 100 Needles £154.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x4 - + 100 Needles £204.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x5 - + 100 Needles £244.00
Saxenda Pen Only(No Needles) x10 £459.99
Pen + Sharps Bin x10 - + 1 x Sharps Bin £478.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x10 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £480.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x10 - +100 Needles £479.00
Continuation Pack with Pens + Bin + Wallet Holder x18 Day Continuation Pack (3 Pens, 1 sharps bin, 1 wallet holder) £150.00
Continuation Pack with Pens + Bin + Wallet Holder x30 Day Continuation Pack (5 Pens, 1 sharps bin, 1 wallet holder) £240.00

Mysimba

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
8mg/90mg xMysimba x 112 Tablets £117.99

Wegovy

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
Available Later in 2022 x1 £47.00