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‘Ask your doctor if Ozempic is right for you’: EMS and semiglutides

What providers need to know about the use of semiglutide drugs for weight loss when it comes to personal health and patient care

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This week, our Inside EMS cohosts discuss the rise in popularity of semiglutide drugs – like Ozempic – used for weight loss. Chris and Kelly discuss what providers should know about the use of these drugs, for their personal use and how complications may present in patients.

Top quotes

  • “If you’re using semiglutide drugs purely as your only means of weight loss, you’re going to rebound.”
  • “You eat at odd hours, you eat at odd intervals. You eat something nuked in a microwave at a 7/11. Those are horrific eating habits, and it teaches your body to just hoard calories and food, and you wind up gaining weight that way. There’s a lot of fat people in EMS, myself included, that are proof of that.”
  • “A lot of drugs out there came on the market for something and now we’re using it for something else.”

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