Originally designed to help lower blood glucose levels in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks in diabetics, Semaglutide is a revolutionary weight loss drug that can be perfect for those struggling to lose weight through the traditional routes of diet and exercise.
Semaglutide offers rapid weight loss through regular injections of Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1), which increases the body’s production of insulin, inhibits glucagon, and decreases appetite. Patients can expect weight loss in the 10lbs. per month range with some losing even more. The more weight a patient has to lose, the faster Semaglutide works. For those with only 10-20lbs to lose, patients can also add phentermine to assist with removing the last of their stubborn abdominal fat.
Weight loss and mental health are intricately related. One affects the other, which is why at New Pathways we are excited to provide Semaglutide treatments as part of our holistic and comprehensive mental health facility. Our staff is ready to answer your questions about this promising new medication-assisted weight-loss treatment option – reach-out to us for more information.
With a 70% success rate, Semaglutide’s results are comparable to receiving bariatric surgery. No other weight loss drug on the market competes with the efficacy of this class of drug or the magnitude of Semaglutide’s success.
In a 68-week trial of 1,961 patients with obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2) or who were overweight (BMI 27 kg/m2-29.9 kg/m2), patients were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to either Semaglutide or a placebo, both in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet (~500 kcal/day deficit) and increased physical activity (recommended to a minimum of 150 min/week).
The average weight loss sustained at 68 weeks:
Semaglutide: 14.9% (~35 lbs)
Placebo: 2.4% (~6 lbs)
Patients who achieved ≥5% weight loss at 68 weeks:
Semaglutide: 83.5% of patients
Placebo: 31.1% of patients
In the trial, ~1 out of every 2 patients achieved ≥15% weight loss
Semaglutide treatments are normally administered through subcutaneous injection, a method of administering the drug with a short, small needle into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle.
Injections are needed every 7 days and are first administered in the clinic and eventually at home once the patient has demonstrated to our medical professionals that they can administer the injections safely on their own. For the first 16 weeks, the drug is introduced slowly into the patient’s system, with week 17 reaching the maximum dosage for maintenance.
For those with Trypanophobia, or who just prefer not to be around needles, New Pathways also offers an oral version of Semaglutide that is less effective than the subcutaneous injections but avoids needle use altogether.
As a medication-assisted weight loss solution, Semaglutide treatments can produce side effects as well as a few rare contraindications in some individuals. Overall, Semaglutide is extremely well-tolerated by the large majority of patients after the body has acclimated to it for a couple of weeks.
Common side effects include:
Some specific conditions in which taking Semaglutide may be unsafe include:
Please talk to your doctor if you are unsure if taking Semaglutide is right for you.
Insurance Coverage for Semaglutide
A single dose of brand name Semaglutide is affordable even without insurance coverage. Patients who are pre-diabetic or diabetic are more likely to be covered than those who are not. New Pathways can help determine if Semaglutide will be covered by your insurance.
While the patented injection pen for Semaglutide is costly, Semaglutide itself is not expensive. In addition to being an affordable drug, New Pathways provides cost-effective access to this treatment by making it available for $100 an injection, with comprehensive psychiatric and medical support to make this revolutionary treatment accessible.
Tiffinne Perkins has dedicated her career to becoming an expert in weight loss and is ready to help guide you through this exciting new treatment. With her background in mental health, nutrition, and medication prescription, she provides comprehensive weight loss solutions to New Pathways patients and members.
At New Pathways Clinic, we are always sensitive to each patient’s unique history and needs. We will never make you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome in our care. Reach out to us today to find out if Semaglutide weight-loss shots are right for you.