Can You Take Wegovy® (Semaglutide) Twice a Week?
Wegovy® should not be taken twice a week. Taking Wegovy more frequently than recommended can lead to dangerously high levels of the drug in your body, which could cause serious side effects such as severe nausea and vomiting. This is because the half life of the medication - or the time it takes for 50% of the drug to be removed from your body - is seven days. Taking Wegovy every seven days will ensure adequate drug levels are maintained. If you miss a dose of Wegovy, take the medication as soon as you remember, but only if your next dose is more than two days away. If you forget to take Wegovy, contact your healthcare provider for further instruction, as you may need to restart the medication again at a lower dose.
Wegovy® is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S.
Nathaniel Pedley, MD
Dr. Nathaniel Pedley is an internist and obesity medicine specialist who is passionate about supporting patients in achieving their health goals. He attended Amherst College in Massachusetts for undergrad, and completed a post-baccalaureate in pre-medical studies at Columbia University. He continued at Columbia University for medical school and went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at UCLA where he served as a Project Lead for the UCLA Department of Medicine Quality Team and a peer mentor to junior residents.