The anti-diabetic drug Ozempic, prescribed for type 2 diabetics, quickly became a “trend” on TikTok for several months. It is diverted from its use for its supposed weight loss benefits, a worrying phenomenon.
To lose weight, some are ready for anything. For several months, the anti-diabetic drug Ozempic, manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, was diverted from its use because of its supposed effects on weight loss. It is prescribed for type 2 diabetics and plays an important role in blood sugar control. Today, used by many Hollywood celebrities to lose their unsightly pounds, it quickly became a “trend” on the social network.
In particular, this treatment would increase the feeling of satiety and thus allow to reduce the amount of food intake. It would be enough to apply the product once a week to the stomach, thigh or arm. This medicine is available on prescription and is sold in France at a price of 80 euros.
Many flaws around the world
However, be careful because this injectable drug, which is increasingly used for weight loss, has unwanted side effects that are often ignored. Patients reported nausea, vomiting, constipation and severe diarrhea.
And in addition to the potentially dangerous aspect of this treatment, the craze of which is the subject of social media, it leads to many shortages around the world, especially in Australia and the United States. A phenomenon that harms people who really need it. Faced with a sudden surge in demand, the FDA therefore had to add Ozempic to its list of drugs “at risk of shortages,” according to the site Doctissimo.
According to published dataWorld Health Organizationthe number of people with diabetes increased from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. We remind you that this disease is the main cause of blindness, kidney failure, myocardial infarction, stroke and amputation of the lower limbs.
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