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What is Wegovy (semaglutide)?

Wegovy (semaglutide) is an injectable medication prescribed for patients 18 years and older who are:

  • Obesity (BMI is greater than 30) or
  • Overweight (excess weight where BMI is greater than 27) and have one or more weight-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Wegovy belongs to the drug class, Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These medications help the body to increase more insulin after eating, which then lowers blood sugar levels.

What are the Indications for Wegovy?

Wegovy is prescribed as part of a treatment plan for the assistance of weight loss and for maintaining weight loss. Your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that includes lower calorie intake meals and increased physical activity.

Wegovy is not recommended:

  • For use with other medications that contain semaglutide
  • If you have had or have a family history of a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)
  • If you are allergic or have had a severe allergic reaction to semaglutide or any of the ingredients in Wegovy

How is Wegovy used?

Wegovy should be used as prescribed by your doctor by injecting the medication under the skin (subcutaneously).


Follow the patient information that comes with your medication. Wegovy comes as a one-time use injection pen to be injected under the skin of your stomach (2 inches away from your belly button), thigh, or upper arm.

Wegovy can be injected with or without food.

  1. Before injecting Wegovy, you will need an alcohol swab, gauze pad or cotton ball, and a sharps disposable container. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before preparing the selected injection location.
  2. Select your injection site and clean with an alcohol swab. The injection site should be rotated so as not to be in the exact same location as the last injection.
    1. Do not inject in areas with scars, stretch marks, bruises, or where the skin is tender, hard, or red.
    2. Do not use the injection pen if it appears to be broken or has been used or if it has expired.
  3. Remove the pen cap and inject Wegovy firmly into the selected site. Push until the yellow bar stops