Introduction to Semaglutide
Semaglutide is an injectable prescription medication used to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is also approved for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition.
Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that is released naturally by the body after eating. It helps the pancreas release the right amount of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. It also slows digestion and decreases appetite.
Compounded semaglutide refers to semaglutide that has been custom-made by a specialty pharmacy to meet individual dosing needs. This allows more flexibility in dosing than manufactured semaglutide products.
Benefits of Semaglutide
Some key benefits of semaglutide treatment include:
- Effective blood sugar control - Studies show it lowers HbA1c levels (a measure of long-term blood sugar levels) more than other diabetes medications.
- Weight loss - It promotes weight loss by decreasing appetite and calorie intake. People may lose 5-15% of their body weight over 1-2 years.
- Cardiovascular benefits - Semaglutide reduces cardiovascular risks like heart attack and stroke.
- Convenience - Only needs to be injected under the skin once weekly.
Who is a Candidate for Semaglutide?
The main groups of people who may benefit from compounded semaglutide are:
- Adults with type 2 diabetes needing better blood sugar control
- Adults who have obesity or are overweight (BMI ≥27) and have at least one weight-related health condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes
- People needing more flexible or lower dosing than manufactured products
- Those with medication intolerances where semaglutide is an option
Getting Started with Semaglutide
If you are interested in exploring semaglutide treatment, the first step is booking a consultation. This allows our clinical team to learn about your health history and goals in order to create a customized plan.
We will check your eligibility based on your:
- Medical history - We gather information on health conditions, medications, previous surgeries or hospitalizations.
- Labs and exam - Up-to-date bloodwork allows us to assess kidney and liver function, rule out contraindications to semaglutide, and establish baselines.
- Goals - Understanding your targets for blood sugar, weight loss, or other metrics helps guide treatment decisions.
Endocrine Wellness Center Compounding Services
Why Choose Compounding?
Compounding medications like semaglutide allows our pharmacy team to:
- Adjust dosing - We can produce doses lower than the 0.25 mg or higher than the 2.4 mg available in manufactured products. This allows us to personalize medication to your needs.
- Adapt formulations - The injectable can be compounded into easy-to-use oral capsules for those who dislike injections or have absorption issues.
- Use quality ingredients - We use high-quality active and inactive pharmaceutical ingredients from reliable suppliers.
Our Compounding Process
When you get a compounded semaglutide prescription from our clinic, our team gets to work preparing your customized medication.
We follow stringent quality and safety protocols including:
- Verified calculations - Our pharmacists carefully calculate your specific dose and double-check all measurements.
- Sterile preparations - All compounding is done in an ISO Class 5 clean room to prevent contamination.
- Rigorous testing - Each batch undergoes quality testing to ensure accuracy and stability.
- Careful labeling - Labels detail your name, ingredients, dose, doctor’s name, and use instructions.
This rigorous process ensures you get a compounded medication tailored to your health and dosing needs.
Treatment Protocols and Dosing
Once we establish treatment goals and create your custom compound, we provide clear protocols around starting, adjusting, and monitoring semaglutide therapy.
We begin most patients at a 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg weekly dose. At this dose, semaglutide helps suppress appetite but the main goal is assessing tolerance.
Possible side effects usually develop within the first 2-4 weeks and may include:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Indigestion, gas, constipation
- Headache, dizziness
We provide strategies like taking doses with food or antacids to ease stomach-related effects. Most side effects resolve on their own with continued use.
Titrating and Monitoring
Provided initial tolerability is good, we slowly titrate (increase) the semaglutide dose every 4 weeks until reaching an optimal dose, usually between 1-2 mg per week. Higher doses within FDA limits may be used in some cases.
Throughout treatment, we monitor via:
- Appointments - In-clinic visits allow us to track progress, assess medication tolerability, provide coaching, and make dose adjustments as needed. Frequency varies based on need.
- Labs - Periodic bloodwork helps us evaluate kidney function, nutrient levels, cholesterol markers, blood cell counts, and diabetes control.
- Communication - You have phone, email, and messaging access between visits which facilitates timely feedback and dose adjustments when indicated.
Additional Health Recommendations
We provide holistic support focused on sustainable success with semaglutide:
Small sustainable adjustments to eating patterns, activity levels, sleep, and stress resilience amplify semaglutide’s effects:
- Nutrition - Focusing on whole, high fiber carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables enhances weight loss, gut health, and diabetes control. Portion control is key.
- Exercise - Adding movement every day augments calorie deficit. Walking, weights, yoga - find what you enjoy!
- Wellness - Better sleep hygiene, stress management tools (meditation, self-care activities) indirectly promote weight and blood sugar optimization.
Mental Health Support
For some, emotional and social factors influence eating and activity habits. We help address these via:
- Counseling - Our in-house behavioral health provider helps with motivation, change psychology, unconscious habits, and coping mechanisms.
- Community - Peer support groups and partners foster accountability and can deepen commitment to new health behaviors.
The Endocrine Wellness Center Difference
Choosing Endocrine Wellness Center for your semaglutide compounding and treatment journey means:
- Concierge-level clinical excellence
- Custom compounded medications tailored to your needs
- Latest medical advances like semaglutide
- Holistic protocols focused on nutrition, movement, and lifestyle
- Personalized therapeutic partnerships leveraging science, clinical experience, and compassion
We are thrilled you are considering our boutique clinic and pharmacy for your health optimization goals. We look forward to many years of collaborating together!