Ozempic vs. Wegovy

November 14, 2022

What is the difference between Ozempic and Wegovy? Actually, very little. Both are brand names for semaglutide, a medication first developed to treat type 2 diabetes. Both are made by Novo Nordisk pharmaceutical firm in Denmark. 

Patients were found to lose weight while taking semaglutide, and carefully controlled studies showed that this medication could be used as a weight loss aid. While Wegovy is FDA-approved for this purpose, Ozempic is often prescribed instead of Wegovy because the former is less expensive and more readily available.

Currently Wegovy is experiencing a worldwide shortage, and most pharmacies have a difficult time getting this medication for their patients. 

One difference is in dosages. Ozempic 0.5 mg, 1.0 mg, or 2.0 mg is given by self injection under the skin. Wegovy is given by the same route, and a full dose is 2.4 mg. Both are provided in a prefilled syringe or pen, so that there is no danger of getting the wrong dose 

Price, as we mentioned before, is another variable. As of October 2022, Wegovy costs between $1346.00 and $1433.00 for a 30-day supply with a coupon. Ozempic, on the other hand, ranges in price from $892.00 to $950.00 for enough medication for 30-45 days. 

To find the current prices of Ozempic and Wegovy, click here.

How to get Ozempic and Wegovy?

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