What Are the Side Effects of Ozempic (Semaglutide)?

Common Ozempic® (semaglutide) side effects include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach upset, constipation, tiredness and diarrhea. Patients typically start on the lowest dose of the medication to allow the body to adjust to having Ozempic in the system, then gradually increase the dose with close monitoring for difficulty tolerating the medication. Some patients may also experience bruising with the injections. Rare but serious side effects reported by the manufacturer include severe allergic reaction, kidney damage, pancreatitis, gallbladder disease, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when used in combination with other medications that lower blood sugar. It is important to review potential side effects with your doctor before starting Ozempic and notify your doctor if you have any concerns about side effects you are experiencing while taking the medication.

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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.