Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Toluca Lake, CA
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Semaglutide services offered in Toluca Lake, CA

The team at Premiere Medical Center in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals. If you've struggled with weight loss, you're not alone. Many individuals find it challenging to shed excess pounds despite their best efforts. That's where semaglutide comes in – a breakthrough medication that offers new hope for effective weight management. To determine if you're a candidate for treatment with semaglutide, call the office or request an appointment online today. 

Semaglutide Q&A and Cost

What is semaglutide?

Semaglutide is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of obesity. It belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists, which mimic the effects of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the body. One well-known brand of semaglutide is Ozempic, which is available as an injection.

How does semaglutide work?

When you inject Ozempic, it acts on specific receptors in your brain, helping to regulate appetite and food intake. Additionally, it slows down the emptying of the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and satisfaction after meals. These effects can help you eat less and make healthier food choices, ultimately leading to weight loss.

Am I a candidate for semaglutide injections?

Semaglutide injections may be a suitable treatment option for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one weight-related health condition, like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if semaglutide is right for you.

Who should not use semaglutide?

Ozempic treatment is not recommended for individuals with a personal or family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2) or medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). Additionally, if you have a history of pancreatitis, Ozempic may not be suitable for you. Your provider at Premier Medical Center of Burbank will evaluate your medical history and current health to determine if Ozempic is appropriate for you.

Are semaglutide injections effective?

Clinical studies have shown that semaglutide injections, such as Ozempic, can contribute to significant weight loss when combined with a reduced-calorie diet and additional physical activity. In fact, many patients experience an average weight loss of around 15% of their initial body weight. However, individual results may vary, and it's essential to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations for diet, exercise, and medication use to achieve the best outcomes.

If you're interested in exploring whether semaglutide is right for you, call Premier Medical Center of Burbank or request an appointment online today.