Ozempic® contains the active substance semaglutide. It helps your body reduce your blood sugar level only when blood sugar is too high and can help prevent heart disease.
Ozempic® is used:
- on its own – if your blood sugar is not controlled well enough by diet and exercise alone, and you cannot use metformin (another diabetes medicine) or
- with other medicines for diabetes – when they are not enough to control your blood sugar levels. These other medicines may include: oral antidiabetics (such as metformin, thiazolidinediones, sulfonylureas) or insulin.
It is important that you continue with your diet and exercise plan as told by your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
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How to use Ozempic
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.
How much to use
- The starting dose is 0.25 mg once a week for four weeks.
- After four weeks your doctor will increase your dose to 0.5 mg once a week.
- Your doctor may increase your dose to 1 mg once a week if your blood sugar is not controlled well enough with a dose of 0.5 mg once a week.
Do not change your dose unless your doctor has told you to.
How Ozempic® is given
Ozempic® is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection). Do not inject it into a vein or muscle.
- The best places to give the injection are the front of your thighs, the front of your waist (abdomen), or your upper arm.
- Before you use the pen for the first time, your doctor or nurse will show you how to use it.
Detailed instructions for use are on the other side of this leaflet.