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Controversial TikTok viral drug semaglutide that ‘Hollywood A-listers use to lose weight’ approved by NHS – My London

Mar 13th, 2023

An injection that helps you drop weight has been approved for use in England by the NHS. The jab, popular in the US, is traditionally used for diabetes, but has soared in popularity due to Hollywood A-listers rumoured to be using it to lose weight.

The drug - which will be marketed under Wegovy in the UK - works by suppressing appetite, so patients eat less. It is delivered using a weekly injection for a maximum of two years. It can reportedly help patients drop 10 per cent of their weight, alongside nutritional and lifestyle changes.

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Semaglutide is also found in diabetes medication Ozempic but Wegovy is specifically geared towards weight loss.

The drug has come under fire for the sometimes misleading claims made by users. Doctors have emphasised that patients must make dietary and lifestyle changes to lose weight alongside using the drug, and it is not a miracle cure.

Users have reported that the drug makes food repulsive to them, reported The Guardian.

There are even Ozempic shortages in the US due to its popularity after it was rumoured it is used by some celebrities.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has concluded semaglutide, marketed as Wegovy, is safe, effective and affordable, reported the BBC,

Those with a high body mass index (BMI) and at least one weight-related health condition may be recommended to use it. This includes being pre-diabetic, having type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or obstructive sleep apnoea.

The drug mimics hormone Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) which makes you feel fuller.

It has become so popular that there are currently widespread shortages in the US and concerns for those people who rely on the drug for medical reasons.

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