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How Long Do You Stay on Semaglutide for Weight Loss?

Is Semaglutide meant to be a long-term medication or do you only use it for a short time? Learn about how long to stay on Semaglutide here.

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Semaglutide is the active ingredient in the popular medications Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus. Many people are looking to these Semaglutide medications as an option for weight control.

But, let’s say you use a Semaglutide medication and you lose some weight. Do you still have to stay on the Semaglutide medication long-term? Does the weight stay off if you end up stopping the medication? These are all great questions.

Below, we will outline some of the things you may be wondering when it comes to Semaglutide and how long you are supposed to stay on this medication.

How long do you stay on Semaglutide for weight loss?

When you are using Semaglutide for weight loss, there is not a clear answer for everyone on how long you should use it for. 

For some people, they may reach a certain level of weight loss and then want to stop using the medication. Others may want to stay on the medication as a way to maintain the weight that they have reached.

In addition to weight loss, Semaglutide has been shown to help improve cardiovascular risk factors, meaning it may help keep some health issues related to obesity at bay. This may lead your doctor to recommend you use Semaglutide long-term.

Talk to your doctor in order to come up with a plan on how long you should use your Semaglutide medication for.

Does the weight stay off if you stop using Semaglutide?

Unfortunately, it seems that it is not a given that the weight loss you achieve through using Semaglutide will stay off once you stop using the medication.

In one study, all participants were started on Semaglutide for 20 weeks, where they lost weight. Then, the group was split into 2, and half of the participants continued using Semaglutide for 48 more weeks, while the other half used nothing. At the end of the 68-week study, the people who stayed on Semaglutide the whole time had achieved an additional average of 7.9% bodyweight reduction. The people who stopped using Semaglutide after 20 weeks, had regained an average of 6.9% of their body weight at the end of 48 additional weeks not using anything.

This suggests that most people tend to regain back the weight that they lost on Semaglutide over time, if they do not continue the treatment.

Tips to help keep the weight off if you end up stopping Semaglutide

Just because studies are showing that most people regain the weight they have lost after stopping Semaglutide, that doesn’t necessarily have to be what happens for you.

There may be some strategies to help you keep the weight off after stopping Semaglutide medications.

While you are on the medications, you are likely feeling less hungry in general and getting fuller sooner. This is what helps you lose weight. However, during this time, it is recommended that you also make healthier food choices in general, and implement a regular exercise plan. 

If you instill those healthy habits into your lifestyle while you are on Semaglutide, they may translate over into your daily life once you stop the medication as well. This may help you maintain the weight loss long term.

Strut Health Semaglutide medications online

If you are interested in seeing if Semaglutide medications are a good fit for your weight loss goals, you can start easily online with Strut Health.

Here at Strut, we offer compounded injectable and oral Semaglutide options, if appropriate for you.

To get started, simply select the medication from our Semaglutide product page, complete a free online doctor’s consultation, and check out. A U.S. Strut physician will review your information and see if Semaglutide is a good fit for you. If it is, a prescription will be issued to one of our partner U.S. compounding pharmacies, and shipped to you with our free shipping.

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