Ozempic in Townsville

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is an injectable prescription medicine that is used in the management of type 2 diabetes in adults. It contains an active ingredient known as semaglutide, which works to control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes [1]. It is important to note that in Australia, Ozempic is not approved for weight loss purposes but is a critical tool in the management of type 2 diabetes. Healthcare professionals may often field requests from patients seeking it for chronic weight management. However, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) guidelines do not support this off-label use [2]. However there are a few similar medications that are approved for weight loss.



How does Ozempic Work?

Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic, is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue. It works by mimicking the functions of the natural hormones in your body that regulate blood sugar. By doing this, it helps your body to slow down digestion, reduce the amount of sugar your liver makes, and increase the amount of insulin your body produces [3].

This diabetes drug is injected subcutaneously once a week and can be used alongside diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes [3]. It should not be used to treat other conditions or to substitute insulin therapy.


Who can take Ozempic?

Ozempic is for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It's prescribed by healthcare professionals to manage blood glucose levels in these patients. Patients should have a valid prescription to obtain this medicine, and the prescription only medicines are dispensed at the discretion of a qualified pharmacist [4].

Healthcare professionals at Chronic Therapy can assess patients living in Townsville, considering their diabetes control and other medical factors, to determine if Ozempic is a suitable treatment. This is accomplished via a teleconsultation, where the patient's medical history and current health status are thoroughly reviewed.



Ozempic Shortage Townsville

Presently, there has been a shortage of Ozempic due to high global demand. This has led to difficulties for patients seeking this medication. However, the innovative telemedicine platform provided by Chronic Therapy offers a solution by connecting patients with a network of pharmacies. An electronic prescription can be sent via text message to the patient's mobile phone, and the patient can then have the medication sent from any pharmacy that currently has stock. This allows for the medicine to reach the patient's home within a few days, ensuring that treatment is not disrupted [5].


Prescription Fat-loss Medications Available

While Ozempic is not approved for fat loss in Australia, there are other TGA-approved options available for chronic weight management, such as Saxenda and Wegovy. These drugs work in a similar way to Ozempic and have been proven to be effective for weight loss. Saxenda contains liraglutide, another GLP-1 receptor agonist, and has been approved by the TGA for weight loss in adults [6].

Wegovy, on the other hand, contains the same active ingredient as Ozempic (semaglutide) but is formulated specifically for weight loss and approved as such. It is a once-weekly injectable prescription medicine for adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, when used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity [7]. However, it is worth noting that these are prescription only medicines and must be approved by a healthcare professional.



Fat-Loss Medication Myths

It is essential to dispel some myths regarding prescription fat-loss medications. The first and most common myth is that they can serve as stand-alone treatments for weight loss. However, as per the guidelines set forth by various health organisations, these medications need to be taken alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity [8].

Another myth is that these medications lead to immediate and drastic weight loss. In reality, these drugs work gradually, and the amount of weight loss varies among individuals. It's also important to note that stopping the medication can result in weight gain unless lifestyle changes are maintained [9].

Lastly, there's a common misconception that once a patient begins medication, they can continue using it indefinitely. However, if a patient doesn’t lose a certain percentage of their weight after a specific period, the healthcare professional may decide to stop the treatment. This decision is based on the premise that the patient is unlikely to achieve and sustain clinically meaningful weight loss with continued treatment [10].


Ozempic Doctor in Townsville

At Chronic Therapy, doctors can have teleconsultations with patients located in Townsville. These healthcare professionals are trained to evaluate the patient's health status and the appropriateness of medications like Ozempic. They can then write electronic prescriptions, which are sent via text message to the patient's mobile phone. These prescriptions can be used at any participating pharmacy within Australia.

This platform provides an exclusive access for patients to healthcare professionals without the need for specialised equipment. The aim is to ensure that patients receive the right product, at the right price, within the comfort of their own homes.




Buy Ozempic in Townsville

Purchasing Ozempic in Townsville is a straightforward process with the right prescription. Chronic Therapy can arrange for medications to be sent to the patient's home with express postage once a valid prescription is obtained. This is especially important given the current Ozempic shortage, as patients can get their medication from any pharmacy that currently has stock.

It is important to note that under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Ozempic is subsidised for patients with type 2 diabetes who meet certain criteria. However, if it is prescribed for any other indication, it would be considered a private prescription, and the patient would not receive a PBS subsidy [11]. Patients should contact their healthcare professional or pharmacist for advice about the prices and availability of the medication.


Conclusion

Ozempic, though a powerful tool in managing type 2 diabetes, is not approved for weight loss in Australia. While some individuals may seek it out for this purpose, it is important for patients and healthcare professionals alike to understand its designated use and limitations. Other options such as Saxenda and Wegovy are approved for weight loss and may be suitable alternatives for individuals seeking chronic weight management.

Despite the current Ozempic shortage, patients in Townsville can utilise the telemedicine services of Chronic Therapy to access their medication conveniently and promptly. By maintaining a commitment to regular exercise, a balanced diet, and ongoing healthcare consultation, patients can effectively manage their type 2 diabetes and, if required, their weight.

Take control of your health today. Book a teleconsultation with a Chronic Therapy doctor to discuss if Ozempic or other prescription weight loss medications might be right for you.



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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