Ozempic continues to make waves as a weight-loss surprise drug, with a well being clinic in Nevada providing it as a weight-loss treatment to folks asking for it.
On Friday, Fox5 Vegas discovered that Well being Xpress, a medical middle in Henderson, is prescribing the drug to individuals who need assist with their weight reduction journey.
“Ozempic is an anti-diabetic drug that’s used for weight administration and long-term weight administration,” Cristina Kulback, a supplier on the facility, advised the outlet.
In keeping with her, about 50 folks got here to her asking for Ozempic particularly amid all of the media consideration given to the diabetes drug for its assured weight-loss impact.
“It helps the physique with caloric burning and helps the physique burn saved fats,” Kulback added.
Ozempic will not be accredited for weight reduction by the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA), however it’s accredited as a prescription treatment for the therapy of kind 2 diabetes in adults.
The drug helps enhance blood sugar ranges and decrease hemoglobin A1C, lowering the danger of main cardiovascular occasions in folks with kind 2 diabetes.
However Ozempic has gained recognition for its exceptional facet impact of weight reduction. Not solely is it making rounds on social media, however Hollywood celebrities are additionally paying prime greenback to safe doses for his or her physique transformation, inflicting a scarcity of refills for diabetes sufferers.
Ozempic, which is injected as soon as per week, has already gained a popularity for being “the thin pen” amongst its customers.
Cristy O’Connell, the proprietor and one of many nurse practitioners at Well being Xpress, skilled first-hand how the drug facilitates fast weight reduction.
“I took Ozempic for a couple of month, I misplaced nearly 10 kilos in about 3 weeks,” she advised Fox5 Vegas earlier than admitting that she launched the drug to her sufferers three weeks in the past after seeing the outcomes.
However consultants warn of the doable draw back to the fad.
Roseman College’s affiliate dean professor of pharmacy, Leiana Oswald, identified to the information program that folks ought to know Ozempic isn’t a magic potion.
“They should have failed weight loss plan and train alone earlier than occurring to the treatment,” Oswald mentioned. “There’s a area for any weight reduction drug to be added on to a affected person who’s obese or overweight, particularly these with comorbid extremely helpful a cool TikTok craze can get lots of people within the hospital and get them sick.”
Oswald went on to clarify that Ozempic has unwanted effects that may very well be an issue for many individuals, particularly first-time customers.
“Nausea, upset abdomen, elevated fuel, vomiting for some, particularly for many who overeat whereas on the treatment as a result of they get this set off of their mind that they’re actually full,” she mentioned.
There’s additionally the dreaded “Ozempic face” — a facet impact of the drug that distorts the face after abrupt weight reduction.
New-York primarily based dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, who coined the time period, mentioned it’s grow to be fairly frequent amongst sufferers of their 40s and 50s utilizing Ozempic for weight reduction.