- Contraindications: Do not use semaglutide if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2), or if you are allergic to semaglutide or any of its components.
- Pancreatitis: Semaglutide may increase the risk of pancreatitis. If you experience severe abdominal pain, with or without vomiting, consult your healthcare professional immediately.
- Hypoglycemia: Semaglutide may increase the risk of low blood sugar, especially when combined with other diabetes medications. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider.
- Kidney function: Monitor kidney function, as semaglutide may affect kidney health, particularly in patients with pre-existing kidney issues.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, as the safety of semaglutide during these periods has not been established.
Common side effects of semaglutide are usually mild and may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite
Most side effects are temporary and resolve on their own. However, if side effects persist or worsen, consult a healthcare professional for advice.