Ozempic Geelong

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic, generically known as semaglutide, is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. This class of medications has a significant impact on glycaemic control in patients with Type 2 diabetes [1]. In Australia, Ozempic is primarily used to manage this chronic disease, in combination with other glucose lowering medicines [2].

The innovative pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk is behind the production of Ozempic. This medicine comes in a pre-filled pen for ease of administration. However, it is critical to note that the drug is not currently approved for chronic weight management or fat loss in Australia [2].


How does Ozempic Work?

Ozempic operates by mimicking the function of the naturally occurring hormone GLP-1 in our bodies. This hormone helps to manage blood sugar levels by boosting the release of insulin when glucose is high, particularly after meals. It also slows gastric emptying and reduces the amount of glucose released from the liver [3].

Ozempic, as a GLP-1 receptor agonist, binds to and activates GLP-1 receptors. This action leads to enhanced insulin secretion and decreased glucagon secretion, which in turn aids in the management of blood glucose levels [1].

Furthermore, the mechanism of action of GLP-1 receptor agonists has been observed to produce weight loss in some patients. This effect is believed to be a result of slowed gastric emptying and promotion of satiety [3]. However, it's important to understand that Ozempic is not licensed for use as a weight loss drug in Australia.


Who can take Ozempic?

Ozempic is suitable for adults with Type 2 diabetes who have not achieved adequate glycaemic control with other glucose lowering medicines or insulin [1]. As with any medication, prescribers treating patients with Ozempic must consider potential side effects and the patient’s other health conditions.

Common side effects of Ozempic include gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain [4]. These side effects are usually mild to moderate and tend to decrease over time. Prescribers should monitor patients for these side effects and may need to adjust the dose or switch to other medicines if they become problematic.

It's important to note that not everyone with Type 2 diabetes will be suitable for Ozempic. Some health conditions may preclude its use, including certain types of thyroid disease, and patients with a history of pancreatitis or diabetic retinopathy should be carefully monitored while using this medicine [1].


Ozempic Shortage Geelong

In recent times, there has been a global shortage of Ozempic. This has resulted in limited stock levels, which has affected many regions, including Geelong. The shortage is due to increased global demand for the medicine and supply chain issues experienced by the pharmaceutical company [5].

The electronic prescription option available through Chronic Therapy is critical in these circumstances. With a valid prescription, pharmacies with current stock can send the medication to patients in Geelong or any other location in Australia, minimising risk and ensuring continuous treatment access.

The supply situation is expected to stabilise over the next few weeks as Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer, works to increase production. Until then, patients and health professionals are advised to contact their local community pharmacies or pharmaceutical wholesalers for information on current stock availability.




Prescription Fat-loss Medications Available

Prescription fat-loss medications are a valuable tool for chronic weight management in certain individuals. In Australia, two commonly prescribed medications for this purpose include Saxenda and Wegovy [6].

Saxenda, like Ozempic, is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. It has been specifically approved for weight loss and is suitable for patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30, or over 27 if the patient has an associated obesity-related health condition [7].

Wegovy is essentially the same as Ozempic, but has been approved for use in fat loss. It contains the active ingredient semaglutide, the same ingredient found in Ozempic, but at a higher dosage for more pronounced effects on weight loss [7].

However, these medications should not be seen as a stand-alone treatment for fat loss. They need to be taken alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased activity. They can be a helpful adjunct in the treatment of obesity when these lifestyle measures alone are insufficient.


Fat-Loss Medication Myths

There are several myths associated with fat-loss medications. One of the most common misconceptions is that these medicines are a 'magic bullet' for weight loss. In reality, fat loss medications are designed to assist with weight management as part of a comprehensive approach that includes dietary changes and increased physical activity [8]. They are not intended as a substitute for these essential lifestyle modifications.

Another myth is the belief that these medications can be used off-label for weight loss by individuals who do not meet the approved criteria. However, off-label use of these medications is not recommended due to potential risks and side effects, including cardiovascular and gastrointestinal risks [9].


Ozempic Doctor in Geelong

At Chronic Therapy, we connect patients with qualified doctors for teleconsultations. These doctors are experienced in the management of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and can assess the appropriateness of Ozempic as part of the patient's treatment plan.

Patients can conveniently book a teleconsultation from the comfort of their homes in Geelong. If the doctor determines that Ozempic is suitable, an electronic prescription is written and sent via text message to the patient's mobile phone. This prescription can be used at any participating pharmacy in Australia.



Buy Ozempic in Geelong

If an electronic prescription for Ozempic has been issued after a teleconsultation with a Chronic Therapy doctor, the prescription can be filled at a community pharmacy in Geelong or anywhere else in Australia. Alternatively, the medication can be mailed directly to the patient's home in Geelong with express postage, simplifying the process and ensuring access to medication even in times of shortages.

The best price for Ozempic may vary depending on the pharmacy, but it is important to note that Ozempic is part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia, meaning its price is subsidised by the Australian government for eligible patients [10].


Conclusion

Despite the ongoing Ozempic shortage in Geelong and other areas, Chronic Therapy is committed to ensuring that patients have access to this important medication. We aim to provide a convenient, seamless service, connecting patients with qualified doctors for teleconsultations and facilitating the prescription and delivery of medications.

However, it's important to understand that medications like Ozempic are not a stand-alone treatment for fat loss. They need to be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

If you're considering Ozempic for your diabetes management or are interested in discussing weight management options, we invite you to book a teleconsultation with a Chronic Therapy doctor today.


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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