What is Wegovy®?

Obesity is a chronic disease, and more British people than ever are now living with severe obesity. One of the challenges of weight loss is the body's own biology. When you try to lose weight, your body will try to hold on to its fat stores - this is what nature has coded it to do to survive in times of crisis.

Nevertheless, it can make it difficult to lose weight, but a new Danish drug developed by Novo Nordisk has proven effective when weight loss becomes a challenge. Wegovy® is one of the medications used for medical weight loss - and is something we use here at Embla.

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Wegovy® here and learn whether you are suitable for a medical weight loss program.


What is Wegovy®?

Wegovy® is the name of Novo Nordisk's new weight loss medication.

By mimicking the body's satiety hormone, the drug is effective in connection with weight loss, and studies have produced results with weight loss of up to 20% of body weight in test subjects.

Can you get Wegovy® in the UK?

Yes. Wegovy was made available in the UK in September 2023.

The medication treats obesity and mimics the body's appetite-regulating hormones. It reduces feelings of hunger and increases your sense of fullness when you eat, as long as you are on treatment.

Studies have shown that the combination of obesity medication and exercise is twice as effective as medication or exercise alone. Weight loss with the help of medication is only permanent if it is combined with a lifestyle change. That is why all of Embla's medical weight loss programs are combined with coaching and advice on diet, exercise, sleep and other important lifestyle factors.

Where to buy Wegovy®?

Wegovy® can be purchased at UK pharmacies throughout the country. But to buy the medication, you must have a prescription - this can be from your doctor or a doctor at, for example, a regulated weight loss clinic such as Embla. (Embla delivers your medication directly to your home from our pharmacy partner.)

Not everyone can get a prescription for Wegovy®. You must have a BMI over 30 or a BMI between 27 and 30 and at least one weight-related condition. Embla attaches great importance to the fact that the medication should only support your weight loss. It is the lifestyle changes that are most important. The first step is to book a screening, where we can clarify whether you are suitable for our program.

How does Wegovy® work?

Wegovy® is a so-called GLP-1a drug. It mimics the body's satiety hormone, called GLP-1. When you eat, GLP-1 is released in the gut and sends a message to the brain that you are full.

It stimulates the release of insulin and inhibits the release of glucagon, which regulates blood sugar. All this happens entirely naturally in the body.The effect of GLP-1a drugs is the same: they reduce appetite and create a feeling of satiety. In this way, Wegovy® helps to achieve and maintain weight loss.

Does Wegovy® deliver results?

Studies have shown convincing results with weight loss of up to 20% of body weight when Novo Nordisk's obesity medicine, Wegovy®, is used correctly alongside a change in diet and exercise habits. Studies have also shown that the combination of obesity medication and exercise is twice as effective as medication or exercise alone.

Studies also suggest that weekly treatment with Wegovy® can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by approximately 60% in people with severe obesity.

What is the price of Wegovy®?

The price of Wegovy® varies considerably between pharmacies but typically costs between £150 and £300 when purchased alone without any comprehensive coaching support and close medical supervision.

At Embla, your Wegovy® prescription is included in your total monthly cost of £249.

Frequently asked questions

Who can be prescribed Wegovy®?

To be prescribed Wegovy®, you must have a BMI over 30. However, there are exceptions: If you are in the risk group for developing other weight-related health conditions, it is possible to get a prescription for Wegovy® even if your BMI is below 30. You cannot be prescribed Wegovy® if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Why do I have to change my lifestyle when I use Wegovy?

If you want to achieve lasting weight loss with the help of Wegovy®, it is necessary to combine the course with a lifestyle change. The medicine should be used as a support that kick-starts weight loss, motivates you and helps you keep the weight off. When you want to lose weight, your biology works against you because the body wants to hold on to the extra energy stores it has built up. The weight loss medication mimics the body's hormones and makes them work with you and not against you on the road to lasting weight loss. But to lose weight healthily and not put it back on afterwards, you must introduce healthy eating and exercise habits as part of your lifestyle.

What is the difference between Ozempic® and Wegovy®?

Ozempic® and Wegovy® are the names of two of Novo Nordisk's products, both of which contain the active substance semaglutide. Semaglutide is a so-called Glucagon Like Peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1a for short), and the substance works by mimicking the body's natural satiety hormone. While Wegovy® is a drug approved to treat severe obesity with medical weight loss, Ozempic® was developed to treat diabetes. Wegovy® has a higher content of semaglutide (2.4 mg) than Ozempic® (2.0 mg). Besides those differences, the two drugs are very similar.

Wegovy® and side effects

The vast majority experience few or no side effects from Wegovy®. The medicine can cause nausea, constipation and diarrhoea. Still, typically you will only experience the side effects for a short period, and they can often be remedied by adjusting your medicine dose.

Is it safe to use Wegovy®?

Yes. GLP-1a drugs were initially developed for patients with type 2 diabetes, as it has a positive effect on regulating blood sugar. Then it was discovered that it had the side benefit of aiding weight loss, as it reduces appetite and cravings for sweet and fatty things. Scientists have since carried out studies on whether the medicine can be used to treat severe obesity. Today, several GLP-1a drugs are approved for use in weight loss procedures. Wegovy® is one of them. Some experience mild side effects such as nausea, constipation and diarrhoea, but the medicine is neither dangerous nor harmful to health.

Is Wegovy® right for you?

Using any prescription medicine for weight loss is a decision that should only be taken in conjunction with expert medical advice. Embla's medical team assesses every member individually to determine the best approach.

For advice and to check suitability for Wegovy®, please book a free consultation.
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