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What type of drug is Ozempic (semaglutide)?

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Official Answer by Drugs.com 22 Jan 2018

Ozempic (semaglutide) is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog injection administered once-weekly for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Ozempic is approved for use in two doses -- a 0.5 mg and 1 mg pre-filled pen, and is used alongside diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes.

What are GLP-1 analogs?

GLP-1 analogs are also commonly known as incretin mimetics and mimic incretin hormones like glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). They bind to GLP-1 receptors and stimulate glucose dependent insulin release to lower blood glucose (blood sugar). GLP-1 analogs also suppress appetite, inhibit glucagon secretion, and slow gastric emptying to prevent a rapid rise in blood sugar levels after eating.

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