15th November 2023
Wegovy for Weight Loss: 7 Tips for the Best ResultsDr. Jill Barat, PharmD
Wegovy is a popular weight loss medication that can help people jumpstart their weight loss journey, along with diet and exercise.
However, this is an injectable medication that is meant to be used once a week, and is generally titrated up from lower dosages to higher ones.
So, this may be a different way to take medications for some people, and they may benefit from some additional info and tips to get the best results and feel confident about using this medication.
Below, we will cover some of the best tips to review if you have just started on, or are planning to use Wegovy to aid in your weight loss.
1. Consider choosing Wednesday for your weekly dose day
You can choose any day of the week that works best for you for your Wegovy injection, but some doctors are suggesting that Wednesday may be a good idea.
It may take 1-3 days for your Wegovy dose to fully kick in. So, by having Wednesday set as your dose day, you may be feeling the full appetite-suppressing effects during the weekend. Since the weekend is often the part of the week with the most snacks, treats, and temptations around, a Wednesday Wegovy dose may help you make better decisions.
2. Inject all the way and hold it briefly
You want to make sure the full dosage of your Wegovy is being properly delivered during your injection.
To do this, make sure the pen needle is being fully inserted into your skin, and allow the pen to remain for a few seconds to give the pen time to inject all of the medication.
3. Keep all of your supplies together
To make the injection process fast and easy each week, keep all of your Wegovy supplies together and ready for use.
Your pen will be kept in the refrigerator before use, but all other supplies can be stored together. This may include your sharps container, alcohol swabs, cotton balls/pads, and bandaids.
However, since part of your supplies includes a sharps container, still make sure that these items are stored safely away from children and pets.
4.Rotate your injection site
You can inject your Wegovy dosage in three places:
- The upper arm
- The lower abdomen (stay at least 2 inches away from your bellybutton)
- The upper front of your thigh
Now, you don’t have to just choose one of these and stick with it every week. In fact, you may find that your injections are more comfortable and may absorb better if you rotate these sites.
One example over the course of four weeks of injections may look like this: Upper left arm week 1, upper right arm week 2, upper left thigh week 3, and then upper right thigh week 4.
Choose a rotation schedule that works for you.
5. Start or maintain a diet and exercise routine
Wegovy, and medications like it, can be an aid to help you in your weight loss efforts, but it won’t do 100% of the work.
For all of these medications, they are supposed to be used a just part of a total weight loss strategy that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.
6. Store your Wegovy pens in the refrigerator and check the expiration dates
You don’t want to go through all the trouble (and expense) of getting Wegovy just to have it not be as potent and effective as it can be.
In order to keep your Wegovy potent and safe to use, be sure to store the unused pens in the refrigerator until use, and double-check the expiration dates regularly and before use.
7. Manage potential side effects with diet adjustments, teas, or supplements
Some of the most common side effects seen while using a medication like Wegovy are usually gastrointestinal side effects including nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation.
For some people, these side effects are severe enough that they do not continue or titrate up their treatment, and they may not get the optimal results from this.
To help manage or reduce side effects, make diet and lifestyle adjustments ahead of time, including:
- Going for a walk after eating to aid in digestion
- Avoid lying down after eating
- Avoid overly greasy or spicy foods
- Eat slowly and mindfully, chewing each bite well
- Minimize alcohol use
- Utilize teas that may improve digestion and reduce stomach upset including ginger
- Consider a digestive aid supplement that may reduce discomfort
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