What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist. This means it helps your body stimulate insulin
production after glucose (sugar) intake, delays gastric emptying then lowers the amount of glucagon
released. This helps to lower and control high blood sugar but also curb appetite.
Who can take Semaglutide?
Currently FDA has approved semaglutide for Type II diabetics, BMI greater than 30, or BMI 27 or greater
plus a secondary health condition due to obesity such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart
disease. If you are not in this category that’s OK! Our physician will assess you, order lab work, and
decide if you are an appropriate candidate for semaglutide.
How do I take Semaglutide?
After your consultation with our physician and are approved to start you will start coming into our office
once a week. Our doctor or nurses will give you a shot in your subcutaneous tissue (fatty area such as
the stomach, thigh, or back of the arm). The needle is very,very small and relatively painless! The doctor
will increase the dose slowly so that your body can get used to the medication, we can monitor side
effects, and we find the correct dose for you. After your maintenance dose is calculated we continue to
give you your weekly shots. Once goal is reached you and our physician work together to develop a plan
of care to keep your weight off.
Who should not take Semaglutide?
1. Type 1 diabetics
2. Personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer; any cancer to thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal
3. Allergic to semaglutide
Why should I come to iLamai Medical Spa and Wellness Center for my Semaglutide?
Here at iLamai we are ready and excited to be apart of your weight loss journey. We
do not just give you the medication and wish you good luck. We do a comprehensive assessment and
consultation including lab work. We have you come in weekly so that we can monitor you closely,
address any side effects you may be having, keep you honest and accountable for your weight loss. We
place you in a weight loss plan that includes food recommendations, protein powder drinks, eating schedule, exercise recommendations, and supplements recommendations (that we carry in office).
What are the Side Effects?
The most common side effects from semaglutide is GI issues. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can
happen because of the delayed gastric emptying. We have medication at the office to combat this.
Other side effects are possible but less likely; low blood sugar, headache, dizziness, vision changes,
kidney and gallbladder problems. Again, this is why we monitor you very closely to avoid these side
effects or catch a problem before it happens.
If you are interested in living a healthier lifestyle, please call us to schedule a consultation with our Physician and be on your way weight loss journey with iLamai Medical Spa and Wellness Center.