Navigating Wegovy Side Effects: What to Expect - Slimmr

Navigating Wegovy Side Effects: What to Expect

Like any medication, Wegovy can come with some side effects. It’s a topic we’ve covered on the Slimmr website but we know that it’s something that can worry people and even put them off starting Wegovy, so we’ve done a post dedicated to this topic. 

Starting a new medication, like Wegovy, can be a little daunting, especially when it comes to potential side effects. But fear not! We’ll walk you through what to expect when navigating Wegovy side effects. Here we are going to give you the lowdown on what to expect and how to manage them so you can stay on track. We want you to make an informed decision about whether Wegovy is right for you or not. We are talking from experience – not only are we clinicians with experience in helping people lose weight, several of us at Slimmr have used Wegovy to help with weight loss ourselves so we know that the idea of side effects can be scary, but also that they don’t affect everyone and for those that do get them, they are usually short lived and manageable. 

First things first, it’s essential to remember that while side effects are possible with any medication, they don’t affect everyone in the same way. Many people tolerate Wegovy well, and any side effects are often temporary.

Here are some common side effects associated with Wegovy:

Nausea: Some people may experience mild to moderate nausea when starting Wegovy. This side effect typically lessens over time as your body adjusts to the medication.

Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is another potential side effect of Wegovy. Like nausea, it’s usually temporary and tends to improve as your body becomes accustomed to the medication.

Low Blood Sugar: Wegovy can sometimes lead to low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). Be mindful of this when exercising and make sure you are eating regularly, even if it is just a little, as this will help maintain your blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar is dangerous, especially if you’re taking other medications that lower blood sugar or if you have diabetes. This is why Slimmr is unable to prescribe Wegovy to people with diabetes those on certain medications that lower blood glucose. 

Gastrointestinal Issues: Some individuals may experience other gastrointestinal issues like stomach pain, vomiting, or constipation. This usually quickly resolves itself. These side effects are less common but should be discussed with your GP if they occur.

Gallbladder Problems: In rare cases, Wegovy may be associated with gallbladder problems, including gallstones. If you experience severe abdominal pain or discomfort, seek medical attention immediately.

It’s crucial to keep open communication with your GP throughout your Wegovy journey. This is why we strongly recommend you consent to us contacting them when we prescribe this medication. They can help you manage any side effects. 

Here are some tips for navigating Wegovy side effects:

  • Make sure you keep to the dosage prescribed and take the medication exactly as instructed.
  • Stay well-hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support your overall well-being.
  • Be patient, as side effects often improve as your body adapts to the medication.
  • Never hesitate to reach out to your GP with any concerns or questions.