Are Wegovy and Ozempic The Same Medication?
Yes, Wegovy® and Ozempic® are the brand (trade) names of the medication Semaglutide, a GLP1-receptor agonist. However, there are two major differences: the FDA-indication and the dosing. Wegovy is FDA-approved for weight loss while Ozempic is FDA-approved for type 2 diabetes. The dosing of Wegovy and Ozempic are similar, but the maximum dose of Wegovy is 2.4 mg compared to 2 mg of Ozempic. Soon after Wegovy came on the market, there were issues with the medication’s supply, and many patients were unable to continue taking or even start the medication. As a result, Ozempic more recently has been used as an alternative to Wegovy for weight loss while Wegovy is not in stock.
Wegovy® and Ozempic® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk A/S.
Brooke Marsico, PA-C
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Brooke Marsico completed her physician assistant training at Midwestern University. Brooke is passionate about helping patients living with obesity achieve meaningful weight loss and improve their health.Learn more about Brooke here.