How To Get Prescribed Ozempic (Semaglutide) For Weight Loss?

Getting Ozempic® prescribed for the purpose of weight loss is ultimately up to the discretion of the treating healthcare provider.  As Ozempic is FDA-approved for type 2 diabetes, prescribing it for weight loss is considered off-label use. It is important to note that prescribing medications off-label is a fairly common (and legal) practice, accounting for 10-20% of prescriptions.  A person might qualify for a weight loss medication if they have tried diet and lifestyle changes but been unable to lose or maintain weight that was lost and have a body mass index (BMI) of 27+ kg/m2 with a weight related medical condition (such as diabetes or high blood pressure) or a BMI of 30 + kg/m2.  Importantly, starting a medication for weight loss should be done with careful consideration of your medical history and discussion of the risks and benefits as well as any other available treatment options with your medical provider.

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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.

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