Wegovy UK
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Wegovy

Medication features

Wegovy is a once weekly weight loss injection used to help suppress appetite. It helps patients achieve an average of 15% body weight loss, and contains Semaglutide.

  • Once-weekly weight loss injection
  • 1 pen lasts 1 month
  • From £149 / Month
  • Mounjaro is latest alternative

Overview

Buy Wegovy Weight Loss Injection

Wegovy is a new weight-loss treatment, designed to make you feel less hungry. It is a once weekly injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection).

You can buy Wegovy injection pens in the UK, online, from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. This is a prescription weight loss medication. After completing a short online consultation, your order will pass to our doctors for review. 

If approved, a prescription will be passed to our pharmacy team, who can dispense and dispatch your medication. 

Wegovy contains the active ingredient semaglutide, and is prescribed for adults with obesity. It was approved in the USA in 2021, and was made available in the UK in September 2023.

If you find that Wegovy is not suitable for you, other weight loss treatments like such as Orlistat are currently available from our online doctor weight loss clinic.

Summary

DoseInject ONCE weekly, following the dose-escalation schedule
Type of medicineAppetite-suppressant - GLP-1 receptor agonist
MechanismSuppresses appetite and promotes feeling full for longer, decreasing food intake.
Active IngredientSemaglutide
PriceFrom £37.25 per week
Side EffectsCan include nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, vomiting

What is Wegovy?

Wegovy is a weight loss injection that can be an effective aid to weight-loss when used alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise. The weight loss drug contains the active ingredient semaglutide. Unlike other weight loss shots, Wegovy is injected once a week and can be used by adults with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. It can also be used by people with a BMI over 27 with weight-related conditions (such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes).

Wegovy vs Saxenda

 SaxendaWegovy
DoseOne dose DAILYOne dose WEEKLY
Pens used per month51
Price per weekFrom £50-69 / WeekFrom £37.25 / Week
Effectiveness~10% body weight loss~15% body weight loss

Wegovy vs Saxenda

Wegovy Price

Prices for Wegovy can be as low as £37.25 a week when you buy a bundle. 1 Month packs can vary in price depending on the strength.

There are also multi-month bundles available for higher strengths, to lower your weekly cost. Some patients choose to maintain at 1mg from an affordability perspective, however maximum weight loss is achieved at the 2.4mg dose.

Wegovy 0.25mg

This is the starter dose

Price: £149 per 4 doses (1 month)

Wegovy 0.5mg

This is the dose which follows on from 0.25mg and continue to allow safe titration

Price: £149 per 4 doses (1 month)

Wegovy 1mg

You should start to notice significant weight loss from the 1mg dose

Price: From £149 per 4 doses (1 month)

Wegovy 1.7mg

This dose should only be used after titration. Weight loss effects are more noticeable.

Price: £219 per 4 doses (1 month)

Wegovy 2.4mg

This is the highest strength of Wegovy, and the one that can help achieve most weight loss

Price: From £253 per 4 doses (1 month)

How to Take Wegovy

The Wegovy dose is increased every 4 weeks for 16 weeks. This means that patients take a 0.25mg once weekly dose for the first 4 weeks and gradually increase it until they reach the maintenance dose of 2.4 mg once weekly from week 17 onwards. This gradual increase is important because it minimises the risk of side effects. If side effects do occur, most will be experienced during the dose-escalation phase before improving.

Wegovy Dosage

Wegovy (semaglutide) should be injected once a week on the same day each week. It can be taken at any time of day and can be taken with or without meals. Many patients ask where it should be injected. The advice is it should be injected subcutaneously into the abdomen, thigh or upper arm. The wegovy injection site should ideally be rotated, to avoid a single area being used.

For more guidance, read our Wegovy dosage guide.

Is Wegovy Effective for Weight Loss?

Clinical trials have shown that Wegovy treatment resulted in a statistically significant reduction in body weight compared to placebo after 68 weeks. One trial showed that people taking Wegovy had a mean change in body weight of 14.9% compared to 2.4% in the placebo group.

The results also showed that, after 68 weeks, 83.5% of patients lost 5% or more of their body weight. In the placebo group, 31.1% of patients lost 5% or more of their body weight. Another clinical trial also showed a statistically significant reduction in body weight vs placebo.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Wegovy for weight management for those living with obesity due to the highly positive trial results.

To read more about real UK patients experience with this treatment, you can read some of our patients Wegovy reviews.

Wegovy vs Placebo Trial Results

% of Patients Achieving Different Percentages of Weight Loss.Wegovy Effectiveness

Contraindications & Drug Interactions

This medicine is not suitable for anyone who has had an allergic reaction to semaglutide or any of the other ingredients in the injection.  

Wegovy can cause digestive system side effects like vomiting and diarrhoea. These side effects can increase the risk of dehydration, so you should make sure that you drink enough fluids. This is even more important for people with kidney problems.

An uncommon side effect that may be experienced is pancreatitis. If you notice any symptoms of pancreatitis, such as severe stomach pain, stop using Wegovy and see a doctor straight away. You can read more about pancreatitis symptoms on the NHS website.

People with diabetes should not use Wegovy as a substitute for insulin. It can also increase the risk of getting low blood sugar levels when taken with other diabetic medicines. See section 2 of the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings.

This medication is not suitable for anyone experiencing diabetic retinopathy. Speak to your doctor before using Wegovy if this applies to you.

Wegovy and Pregnancy

It should not be used in pregnancy because it may harm the foetus. Wegovy should be stopped at least 2 months before a planned pregnancy. You should not use this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

Side Effects

As with all medicines, some people may experience side effects from the treatment. Not everyone will get them and a majority will be mild. Only 5.3% of patients in one clinical trial stopped Wegovy due to side effects.

The most common Wegovy side effects are headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, and fatigue. These side effects usually improve over time as your body gets used to the medicine. Gradually increasing the dose every 4 weeks helps to reduce the risk of experiencing these side effects. If you find your side effects are severe or aren’t improving, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

See section 4 of the patient information leaflet for a complete list of possible side effects. You can also read our Wegovy side effects guide, for advice on how to manage the most common side effects.

Wegovy Alternatives

There are many alternative weight loss treatments available in the UK, including Orlistat and its branded equivalent Xenical. Saxenda is the closest medicine to Wegovy currently licensed for weight loss in the UK. It works in the same way and is manufactured by the same company, Novo Nordisk. Saxenda is injected once daily into the abdomen, thigh or upper arm.

Ozempic is also available to buy from some UK weight loss clinics. Ozempic also contains Semaglutide, the same active ingredient that's in Wegovy. However, the treatment is licensed for use in diabetes. While it is legal to prescribe it for weight loss, we currently choose not to do so, due to the possible impact on diabetic patients who require this medication.

There is not currently a generic form of Wegovy - this treatment is too new to be replicated. Unlike Wegovy, generic drugs that are equivalent to many medications are available through our online store.

You can visit our online doctor weight loss clinic to see what weight loss options are available to you.

FAQ

Can you buy Wegovy in the UK?

Yes, you can buy Wegovy online in the UK. Wegovy has recently gained a UK license and is now available. However, it is a prescription-only medicine. This means you need a prescription to buy Wegovy. Simple Online Pharmacy can deliver Wegovy all across England, Scotland, and Wales, from London to Glasgow.

How much does Wegovy cost?

The price of Wegovy starts at £149 for a month's supply, going up to £269 for the highest strength of pen (2.4mg).

Is Wegovy the same as Ozempic?

Yes, Wegovy contains exactly the same active ingredient as Ozempic, and is made by the same manufacturer. The main difference is Ozempic is licensed for diabetes, while Wegovy is licensed for weight loss.

What is Wegovy used for?

Wegovy is used as a weight-loss treatment in people with a BMI over 30 or a BMI over 27 with weight-related conditions like high blood pressure. It’s used to lose weight alongside a calorie-restricted diet and increased physical exercise.

Is Wegovy available over the counter?

No, Wegovy is a prescription medication for weight loss for those with a BMI over 30. Consult a doctor online or in person to discuss eligibility for weight loss treatments.

Is Wegovy available on the NHS?

In certain circumstance, Wegovy can be prescribed on the NHS. You can read more about Wegovy availability on the NHS in our guide.

How many doses are in a Wegovy Pen?

There are 4 doses in a Wegovy pen. As the dose is weekly, each pen should last you 4 weeks if used correctly.

Can I take alcohol with Wegovy?

Yes, you can drink alcohol when taking Wegovy, however excessive consumption can lead to a worsening of some of the side effects you may notice when taking Wegovy.

At what dose does Wegovy start working?

You may start to notice effects similar to that of Saxenda from 1mg. Maximum weight loss effects are noticed on the highest dose of 2.4mg.

Author

Hywel McGlinchy, Clinical Pharmacist

Reviewed By: Hywel McGlinchy

GPhC Registration: 2071234

Last reviewed on: 19/03/2024

Further Reading

Wegovy Dosage GuideWhat is the Wegovy Dose for Weight Loss?
Can you get Wegovy on the NHS?What is Wegovy?
Wegovy vs OzempicWegovy vs Saxenda
Wegovy Side EffectsHow to take Wegovy weight loss injections

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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

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Mysimba

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8mg/90mg xMysimba x 112 Tablets £117.99

Wegovy

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Wegovy Pen x0.25mg - 1 Month £149.00
Wegovy Pen x0.25mg + 0.5mg - 2 Months £298.00
Wegovy Pen x1mg - 1 Month £149.00
Wegovy Pen x1.7mg - 1 Month £219.99
Wegovy Pen x2.4mg - 1 Month £253.99
Wegovy Pen x0.5mg - 1 Month £149.00
Wegovy Pen x1mg + 1.7mg - 2 Months £385.00
Wegovy Pen x1mg x 2 - 2 Months £298.00
Wegovy Pen x1mg x 3 - 3 months £447.00
Wegovy Pen x0.5mg + 1mg - 2 Months £298.00
Wegovy Pen x0.25mg + 0.5mg + 1mg - 3 Months £445.00
Wegovy Pen x2.4mg - 2 Months £507.98
Wegovy Pen x0.25mg x2 - 2 Month £298.00
Wegovy Pen x0.25mg x3 - 3 Month £447.00
Wegovy Pen x0.5mg x2 - 2 Month £298.00
Wegovy Pen x0.5mg x3 - 3 Month £447.00
Wegovy Pen x1.7mg x2 - 2 Month £439.98
Wegovy Pen x1.7mg x3 - 3 Month £659.97
Wegovy Pen x2.4mg x3 - 3 Month £761.97
Wegovy Pen x1.7mg + 2.4mg - 2 Months £473.98
Wegovy Pen x1mg + 1.7mg - 2 Months £385.00

Ozempic

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Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x0.25mg -1 Month Wegovy £149.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x0.5mg - 1 Month Wegovy £149.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x1mg - 1 Month Wegovy £169.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x1.7mg - 1 Month Wegovy £224.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x2.4mg - 1 Month Wegovy £269.00
Mounjaro (aka Zepbound) x2.5mg - 1 Month Starter £149.00
Mounjaro (aka Zepbound) x5mg - 1 Month Starter £149.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x0.25mg x2 - 2 Month Wegovy £298.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x0.25mg x3 - 3 Month Wegovy £447.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x0.5mg x2 - 2 Month Wegovy £298.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x0.5mg x3 - 3 Month Wegovy £447.00
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x1.7mg x2 - 2 Month Wegovy £439.98
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x1.7mg x3 - 3 Month Wegovy £659.97
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x1mg + 2.4mg - 2 Months Wegovy £473.98
Wegovy (Ozempic Equivalent) x1mg + 1.7mg - 2 Months Wegovy £385.00

Mounjaro

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Starter xMounjaro 2.5mg GREY Pen X 1 £149.00
5mg xMounjaro 5mg PURPLE Pen X 1 £149.00
Starter xMounjaro 2.5mg GREY Pen X 1 + Mounjaro 5mg PURPLE Pen X 1 £298.00
7.5mg xMounjaro 7.5mg GREEN Pen X 1 £169.99
10mg xMounjaro 10mg PINK Pen X 1 £189.99
12.5mg xMounjaro 12.5mg BLUE Pen X 1 £245.00
15mg xMounjaro 15mg ORANGE Pen X 1 £245.00
10mg xMounjaro 10mg PINK Pen X 2 £379.99
10mg xMounjaro 10mg PINK Pen X 3 £569.97
15mg xMounjaro 15mg ORANGE Pen X 3 £720.00
5mg xMounjaro 5mg PURPLE Pen X 2 £298.00
5mg xMounjaro 5mg PURPLE Pen X 3 £445.00
7.5mg + 10mg xMounjaro 7.5mg GREEN Pen X 1 + Mounjaro 10mg PINK Pen X 1 £359.98
12.5mg + 15mg xMounjaro 12.5mg BLUE Pen x 1 + Mounjaro 15mg ORANGE Pen X 1 £475.00
7.5mg xMounjaro 7.5mg GREEN Pen X 2 £318.00
7.5mg xMounjaro 7.5mg GREEN Pen X 3 £477.00
12.5mg xMounjaro 12.5mg BLUE Pen X 2 £490.00
12.5mg xMounjaro 12.5mg BLUE Pen X 3 £735.00
15mg xMounjaro 15mg ORANGE Pen X 2 £490.00
2.5mg xMounjaro 2.5mg GREY Pen X 2 £298.00
2.5mg xMounjaro 2.5mg GREY Pen X 3 £447.00
5mg + 7.5mg xMounjaro 5mg PURPLE Pen X 1 + Mounjaro 7.5mg GREEN Pen X 1 £318.99
10mg + 12.5mg xMounjaro 10mg PINK Pen X 1 + Mounjaro 12.5mg BLUE Pen X 2 £434.99

Tirzepatide

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2.5mg x1 Month Mounjaro £159.00

Zepbound

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Starter x1 Month Mounjaro £159.00
Starter x2 Month Mounjaro (2.5+5mg) £310.00

Saxenda

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Treated
Saxenda Pen Only (No Needles) x 1 £54.00
£75.00 £75.00
Saxenda Pen Only (No Needles) x 2 £106.00
N/A £140.00
Saxenda Pen Only (No Needles) x 5 x3 £207.00
N/A £200.00
Saxenda Pen Only (No Needles) x 4 £212.00
N/A £250.00
Saxenda Pen Only (No Needles) x 5 x5 £375.00
£319.99 £300.00
Pen + Sharps Bin (no needles) x 1 - + 1 x Sharps Bin (no needles) £57.00
Pen + Sharps Bin (no needles) x 2 - + 1 x Sharps Bin (no needles) £109.00
Pen + Sharps Bin (no needles) x 3 - + 1 x Sharps Bin (no needles) £162.00
Pen + Sharps Bin (no needles) x 4 - + 1 x Sharps Bin (no needles) £215.00
Pen + Sharps Bin (no needles) x 5 - + 1 x Sharps Bin (no needles) £257.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x 1 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £60.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x 2 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £112.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x 3 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £164.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x 4 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £217.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x 5 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £259.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x 1 - + 1 x Needles £58.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x 2 - + 100 Needles £110.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x 3 - + 100 Needles £163.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x 4 - + 100 Needles £216.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x 5 - + 100 Needles £258.00
Saxenda Pen Only (No Needles) x 10 £503.00
Pen + Sharps Bin (no needles) x 10 - + 1 x Sharps Bin (no needles) £506.00
Pen + Sharps Bin + Replacement Needle Heads x 10 - + 1 x Sharps Bin + 100 Needles £508.00
Pen + Replacement Needle Heads x 10 - +100 Needles £519.00
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