For years, we’ve heard about magical weight loss products that promise to melt off the pounds. Some are far-fetched, some are so dangerous that they’re illegal, and some have made their way into the limelight — most recently, Ozempic and WeGovy. Originally intended to treat diabetes, these medications are now being prescribed, often via Telehealth, to people who want to lose weight. And it all started in Hollywood.
Variety reports that Ozempic and WeGovy have taken the industry by storm, and everyone, from reality stars to film producers to actors, has tried them. (Chelsea Handler said her doctor prescribed her Ozempic — without explaining what it was — in case she wanted to lose five pounds. Elon Musk tweeted that WeGovy helps him look fit and trim.) Since many health insurers refuse to cover the cost (around $1,200 to $1,500 monthly) for anyone who is not diabetic, only the rich can afford the injections. However, the average consumer should be far from envious of celebrities who can pay their way through weight loss — because these drugs have some potentially serious side effects.
How Ozempic and WeGovy Work
Ozempic and WeGovy both have the same active ingredient: semaglutide. It comes as a…