Ozempic is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It may be used as a monotherapy (alone) or with other medicines for the same. Ozempic belongs to the glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist class of medications (GLP-1).

Ozempic can lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes. Also, it may lower the risks of heart and kidney disorders.

Before answering the question, let’s understand more about this medicine.

How Does Ozempic Work?

Ozempic increases the amount of insulin in your body after a meal, which helps to metabolize the sugar. Thus you will not have high blood sugar levels. It also reduces the food movement through the stomach, which results in feeling full faster and longer. It also curbs your appetite.

Use And Precautions While on Ozempic

The medication is to be taken once a week without regard to meals. Take the medication on the same day of the week and at the same time.

Follow the directions on your prescription label or ask your physician or pharmacist to explain if you do not understand. The medication should be used even if you feel well, and you should not stop taking the medication, consult your physician before doing so.

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It would be best if you informed your doctor about your medical history. If you have a family history or personal history of diabetic retinopathy, pancreatitis, stomach problems, intestinal problems, or kidney problems, inform your physician before initiating the treatment.

Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery or any other activity that requires alertness as you may experience blurred vision. Only perform such activities once you are sure you can perform.

Food Precautions While on Ozempic

Now answering the question, Ozempic treatment does not require any specific food precautions. Also, it can be taken with food or without food. Avoid foods that you are allergic to.

Let’s have a look at some commonly asked FAQs

 1. Should I eat before taking Ozempic?

Ozempic can be taken with food or without food. Food consumption does not affect how Ozempic work.

2. Can I take vitamins when taking Ozempic?

You should inform your physician or pharmacist if you are taking any vitamins or nutritional supplements. Ozempic may interact with vitamins or nutritional supplements and may change the absorption of these medications.

3. Should you take metformin and Ozempic together?

Metformin and Ozempic can be taken together. No interactions were found between both medications. However, this does not mean no interactions exist. Do not consume it together unless prescribed by the physician.

 4. What happens if Ozempic gets hot?

Ozempic should be stored in the refrigerator between 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Do not store in the freezer or freeze Ozempic or use frozen Ozempic. Always keep Ozempic away from sunlight and heat.

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Discard the Ozempic if it shows changes such as a change in color, precipitation, or clarity that may indicate loss of potency.

After the first use of the Ozempic pen, it can be stored at room temperature between 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).

5. What is the best time of day to take Ozempic?

Ozempic can be taken once a week, and it can be taken at any time of the day. However, it should preferably be taken on the same day of the week. However, it would help if you took it at the same time so that it is easy to remember.

6. Ozempic curb your appetite?

It is believed that Ozempic may reduce the appetite of a person and may cause weight loss. Ozempic slows down the digestive process, so anything you consume will stay in your stomach for a longer period, which makes you feel satisfied.

In a few cases, Ozempic is prescribed by the physician for weight loss as off-label use.

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