Ozempic (semaglutide) is an injectable medication used to treat type 2 diabetes by helping to control blood sugar levels. Like all medications, Ozempic can cause side effects, some of which may be long-term. Here are some potential long-term side effects of Ozempic:
Pancreatitis: Ozempic can increase the risk of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can cause long-term damage to the pancreas.
Thyroid cancer: There have been some reports of thyroid cancer in patients taking Ozempic, although the risk is still being studied.
Kidney damage: Ozempic can cause changes in kidney function, and long-term use may increase the risk of kidney damage.
Gallbladder disease: Ozempic can increase the risk of developing gallbladder disease, which can cause long-term digestive problems.
Bone fractures: There is some evidence that Ozempic may increase the risk of bone fractures, particularly in women.
It's important to note that not everyone who takes Ozempic will experience these side effects, and some people may experience other side effects that are not listed here. If you are taking Ozempic and experience any side effects, particularly those that are persistent or severe, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider.
To reduce the risk of long-term side effects, it's important to take Ozempic as directed and to have regular check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your blood sugar levels, kidney function, and overall health. It's also important to discuss any concerns you may have about the medication with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.