Is Wegovy Available in Australia
23rd May 2022
Posted in: Latest News
Wagovy is not available in Australia yet but we will keep you updated as it is the most beneficial weight loss medication in clinical trials to date and complements other treatments for patients who want to lose weight to improve their health.
Wegovy is a weekly injection of semaglutide (which is the same medication as Ozempic). The common side effects of Wegovy are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach upset, and headache.
Wegovy works like the body’s natural hormone, that is responsible for appetite and food intake – glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). The issue with all weight loss medication is what occurs when patients stop taking the medication. Dr Balalis regularly assists patients in Adelaide with weight loss medication, particularly when part of a team-based approach to weight loss. It is important to liaise with a specialised collaborative team, with services including dietitians, bariatric nurses, exercise physiologists, psychologists, and endocrinologists.
Medications such as Saxenda, Ozempic and Wegovy do not work well by themselves and are better managed by specialists who can recommend other weight loss options – these may include both surgical and non-surgical. The Allurion Gastric balloon that Dr Balalis places in South Australia is a good option for patients with a BMI between 27-40 and Saxenda or Ozempic can be added at times to improve outcomes.
Patients can also benefit from weight loss medications prior to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, to improve on their central obesity. This can make the weight loss surgery safer and also increases the benefit for the patient.
For further information, please contact Dr Balalis.