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Wegovy, a medicine for treating obesity and overweight, will be available from August 2024 in Brazil, it is a product from the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, from Denmark.

Reduction of cardiovascular risks

With the aim of treating obesity, Wegovy is the first injectable medicine based on semaglotide. Component equivalent to the hormone GLP-1, which acts in the secretion of insulin through the pancreas. However, semaglutide stimulates a feeling of satiety, which helps you lose weight.

Ozempic is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes, but it is used off-label for obesity. With an average weight reduction of 17%, clinical research indicated even greater results, as 1/3 of patients had a weight reduction of more than 20% and also reduced the risk of various cardiovascular events by 20%. In up to 4 years, it has been proven that body weight has been reduced and maintained.

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First drug approved by Anvisa

“Wegovy is the first medication with unprecedented weight loss results and proven safety. It represents a milestone in the treatment of obesity, recognized as a chronic disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2013,” stated Priscila Mattar, medical vice president of the Brazilian branch. The medication is indicated for the treatment of adults and children aged 12 and over with obesity, in other cases such as overweight or cases related to it.

Wegovy contains 2.4 mg per dose of semaglotide, while Ozempic contains 1.34 mg per dose of semaglotide. With the satiety that semaglotide promotes in the body, the regulation of blood glucose levels. However, Wegovy is the first medicine approved by Anvisa, which is based on semaglotilda for the treatment of obesity and overweight, both of which must be used with medical guidance and monitoring.

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