Does Ozempic (Semaglutide) Cause Constipation?

Yes, constipation is a common side effect of Ozempic®.  One of the effects of Ozempic on the body is to slow down the digestive system.  Constipation occurs when stool builds up in the colon and is difficult to pass. 

If you’re dealing with Ozempic constipation, consider these possible remedies:

  • Consuming higher fiber foods (e.g. berries, broccoli, beans, etc.) 
  • Staying hydrated 
  • Engaging in regular physical activity 

In some cases, a fiber supplement such as psyllium husk or methylcellulose or a stool softener may be needed as a part of your Ozempic constipation treatment. 

Some patients notice experiencing constipation initially but over time the effect wears off.  If you are unable to have a bowel movement after a couple days, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action.

Learn more about Ozempic at FORM, including who should not take Ozempic and other potential semaglutide side effects.
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Lauren Lemieux, MD

Lauren Lemieux, MD

FACP, ABOM diplomate

Dr. Lauren Lemieux completed her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lemieux is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals using personalized nutrition, lifestyle and weight management strategies.