Pharmacies have sold diabetic medication after crazy popularity on TikTok: medics sounded the alarm over shortages

Marina PogorilkoSociety

The weight loss drug Ozempic has been trending on the TikTok social network lately, after which it was literally "sold out" in pharmacies. However, this drug is also vital for diabetic patients, who are now unable to get it.

The problem is described by the publication La Repubblica. It is noted that the shortage is likely to last at least a year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 37 million Americans with diabetes, the vast majority - 90% to 95% - have type 2 diabetes. They are forced to pound the doorsteps of pharmacies in search of the drug they need to live.

Osempic (commonly known as semaglutide) is an injection used to lower blood sugar and hemoglobin levels in type 2 diabetics. In this way, the drug reduces complications of diabetes, such as stroke, high blood pressure, and blindness. The injections are given once a week in the thigh, abdomen, or shoulder, with or without food at any time of the day.


One of the side effects of Ozempic is weight loss, which is why some doctors prescribe the drug off-label, even though it has not been approved as a weight loss drug.

Medics vs.

In general, medics do not approve the use of the diabetes drug for the purpose of weight loss. Dr. Zhaoping Li, head of clinical nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, urged people to be careful about using a diabetes drug for weight loss because this property, particularly the drug Ozempic, is not fully understood and many questions remain about it.

It has been noted that some of the most common side effects caused by Ozempic are nausea, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain, and eating disorders. However, more serious side effects can occur, such as thyroid tumors and cancer.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL:

- Nutritiologist Alina Sapiga explained whether you can eat fruit after eating and while losing weight. According to her, they are part of a balanced meal, a perfect dessert, and a healthy snack if supplemented with a serving of fats. That being said, you can eat them at any time: right after a meal, lunch or even for dinner;

- Nutritionist Catherine Gervasio named three foods that are high in fat and will be a healthy addition to your diet. Particularly aimed at weight loss;

- American Kayla Mehan, 33, from California, lost almost 70 kilograms and shared her weight loss secret. She was overweight, which she could not get rid of for a long time, but thanks to her family, who supported her and referred her to a special center, she achieved results.

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