Ozempic in Canberra


What is Ozempic?

Ozempic, also known by its active ingredient semaglutide, is an injectable medication used to control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes [1]. It falls under a class of medicines known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These medications mimic the effects of the natural hormone GLP-1, which plays a critical role in managing blood glucose levels [2].

However, it is important to note that the primary use of Ozempic is for controlling blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Although some patients have reported weight loss as a side effect, it is not approved in Australia as a fat loss medication [3]. Other medications such as Saxenda and Wegovy, which work similarly to Ozempic, are approved for this purpose [4].


How does Ozempic Work?

Ozempic functions by imitating the effects of the hormone GLP-1, which is naturally produced in the body after eating a meal. This hormone has several functions that aid in lowering blood sugar, such as stimulating the pancreas to release insulin when blood glucose levels are high, and slowing gastric emptying to reduce the amount of sugar entering the bloodstream [5].

In addition, GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic can help suppress appetite, thereby potentially promoting weight loss. However, the approval of GLP-1 medications for weight loss varies by country. For instance, while Ozempic is approved for weight management in the United States, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved other GLP-1 agonists such as Saxenda and Wegovy for this use [6].


Who can take Ozempic?

As per the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners updated guidelines, Ozempic is indicated for adults with type 2 diabetes in conjunction with diet and exercise to improve glycemic control when metformin and/or sulfonylureas do not provide adequate control [7]. It is also indicated in cases where the use of other glucose-lowering medicines are contraindicated or not tolerated.

Health professionals should assess individual patient factors before prescribing Ozempic. These include the patient's overall health condition, potential for gastrointestinal side effects, and individual treatment goals [8]. The medication is not recommended for patients who have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 [9].


Ozempic Shortage Canberra

There has been an unexpected increase in global demand for Ozempic, leading to a worldwide shortage of this medication. Limited Ozempic supplies remain in many community pharmacies, and patients have been advised to contact their local pharmacies to check for availability [10]. In Canberra, the distribution of Ozempic has been affected, and pharmaceutical wholesalers have been working to manage this shortage and minimise risk to patients.

The Australian Department of Health and Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, have communicated that they are working diligently to meet demand and restore the supply of the medication in the next few weeks [11]. However, initial supplies may remain limited due to the unexpected increase in demand [12].

Patients who are unable to access Ozempic due to the shortage should consult with their healthcare provider about suitable alternatives. Medical professionals can provide advice on other glucose-lowering medicines or strategies to manage blood sugar levels in the interim [13].

 

Prescription Fat-loss Medications Available

In Australia, medications such as Saxenda, and Wegovy, have been approved for the management of obesity. Saxenda, like Ozempic, contains the active ingredient liraglutide, another GLP-1 receptor agonist, but at a higher dose specifically designed for weight management [14]. Wegovy, meanwhile, contains semaglutide—the same active ingredient as Ozempic—but at a higher dose and is approved for weight management [15].

These medications are not stand-alone treatments for fat loss. They should be taken alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Moreover, their use is subject to careful consideration of the individual's overall health condition and risk-benefit assessment by health professionals [16].



Fat-Loss Medication Myths

While weight loss can be a welcome side effect for some patients taking medications like Ozempic, it's important to debunk certain myths surrounding these fat-loss medications. Contrary to what some may believe, these medicines are not 'miracle drugs' that will cause significant weight loss without the need for dietary changes or physical activity. As mentioned earlier, these medications are to be taken alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity [17].

Additionally, there is a common misconception that anyone can take these medications for weight loss. This is not the case. Health professionals must assess each patient's suitability for these medications based on factors such as their BMI, the presence of other health conditions, and their overall health status [18].


Ozempic Doctor in Canberra

Thanks to platforms like Chronic Therapy, patients in Canberra seeking an Ozempic prescription can now connect with doctors remotely. These doctors are equipped to assess the appropriateness of Ozempic and other medications for patients. If found appropriate, doctors can write electronic prescriptions, which are then sent via text message to the patient's mobile phone [19].

The benefits of telemedicine include convenience, as it eliminates the need for patients to travel, and access, as it allows patients to consult with doctors who may be located far from their physical location. Patients in Canberra can easily book a teleconsultation with a Chronic Therapy doctor, who will evaluate their health condition and discuss potential treatment options [20].



Buy Ozempic in Canberra

Given the current Ozempic shortage, acquiring the medication can be challenging. However, with a valid electronic prescription from a medical professional, there is the potential for the medication to be posted from any pharmacy that currently has stock to a patient's home within a couple of days [21].

Chronic Therapy can assist by connecting patients with their electronic prescriptions to pharmacies that can deliver the medication to the patient's home in Canberra with express postage. This service is particularly useful in times of limited stock, allowing patients to access their medication promptly and conveniently.


Conclusion

Type 2 diabetes requires effective management to minimise the risk of complications and enhance overall health outcomes. Medications like Ozempic, though currently in short supply, remain an important part of many patients' treatment plans. As the situation develops, health professionals and patients alike must adapt and explore alternative treatments if necessary.

Regardless of the current Ozempic shortage, telemedicine platforms like Chronic Therapy continue to provide a crucial service, connecting patients to health professionals for consultations and facilitating the delivery of medications to patient's homes.

If you are a patient affected by the Ozempic shortage, it is recommended that you book a teleconsultation with a Chronic Therapy doctor. These doctors can provide advice on suitable alternatives and write electronic prescriptions if necessary, helping to ensure your diabetes remains well-managed during these challenging times.


Disclaimer: The content of this article is intended solely for informational purposes and does not serve as medical advice. At Chronic Therapy, our doctors diligently evaluate patients for the appropriateness of medications. Please be aware that scheduling a consultation with a Chronic Therapy doctor does not guarantee the issuance of a prescription.


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