Wegovy is delayed - but you can start your weight loss journey today
The launch of Wegovy has been delayed in the UK as the manufacturer seeks to ensure guaranteed supply once roll-out starts. But there are lots of alternatives to Wegovy to get your weight loss journey started. And CheqUp will help you change between drugs when required
Why is Wegovy delayed, and until when?
Consider Saxenda for similar early weight loss
"Wegovy in a pill" (Rybelsus) and others
An obvious replacement for Wegovy is Rybelsus - which contains the same active ingredient as Wegovy, Semaglutide, but is taken as a pill. Rybelsus is an oral form of semaglutide, a medication used to treat obesity and overweight patients with a BMI of 27 or greater who also have at least one weight-related health condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Rybelsus is taken orally once a day, without food after waking up.
Trulicity (based on the active ingredient dulaglutide) is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1) that helps to control blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin secretion and reducing glucagon production. It is administered through a pre-filled pen device, which contains a single dose of the medication. Trulicity is made by Eli Lilly, the US pharmaceutical company behind Tirzepatide, a highly-effective weight loss drug which is expected to be made available in the UK laster this year. Clinical trials have shown that Trulicity is effective in reducing blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and produces a lower risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke.
For the most price-conscious, the obvious option is Orlistat, which is also marketed as Xenical. Orlistat works by blocking the absorption of some of the fat consumed in the diet. It is taken orally up to three times per day. Studies have shown that, on average, people taking Orlistat may lose up to 5% to 10% of their initial body weight over six months to a year. There is no dose increase or titration period with Orlistat. The recommended dose is one 120mg capsule taken with each main meal that contains fat, up to three times per day.
Published: 22 May 2023