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Ozempic isn’t ‘magic pill’ for weight loss, users say




Given the immense demand for Ozempic, the blockbuster drug that treats diabetes and is also prescribed for weight loss, it’s not unusual to know someone who is starting or already taking the medication.

Data from Novo Nordisk, which makes Ozempic, suggests that US providers were writing around 60,000 new weekly prescriptions for the drug as of April.

But far fewer patients have been on the drug for years, given that it’s relatively new.

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Barbie Jackson-Williams, 54, from Iowa said she started taking Ozempic in early 2021 to lose weight and manage her Type 2 diabetes.

She said the medication has helped her make changes that she’d previously found challenging, like subbing out pasta — her old favourite — for lean proteins and cutting out sweetened iced coffees from her diet.

“People are just taking it just to get skinny and that’s not true,” she said.

“You have to do the work, and people don’t realise that.”

Barbie Jackson-Williams lost 180 pounds while taking Ozempic. Credit: NBC

NBC News identified and talked with seven people who have been on Ozempic for between one and a half and two and a half years.

All generally agreed that the medication was not a fast pass to good Health.

Although Ozempic has helped them either shed the kilos, lower their blood sugar levels or both, maintaining those changes takes effort, they said.

“This isn’t a magic bullet or pill,” Edward Matias, 45, a Connecticut resident said.

“It’s not the fountain of youth. It takes work and commitment. If people are asking for this med because they want to lose weight and think they can eat anything at all, they’re in for a rude awakening.”