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Considering Ozempic®

Ozempic® is used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Is Ozempic® right for me?

There are many reasons that Ozempic® could be right foryou if you have type 2 diabetes and you're struggling to lower your blood sugar and reach your A1C goal.

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Ozempic® is proven to lower A1C.

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Ozempic® lowers the risk of major cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack, or death in adults also with known heart disease.

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Ozempic® may help you lose some weight.

Ozempic® is not for weight loss.

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What is Ozempic®?

Ozempic® injection0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg is an injectable prescription medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar. It also lowers the risk of major cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease.

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Is Ozempic® proven to lower A1C?

Ozempic® provides powerful A1C reduction.a

A majority of adults taking Ozempic®reachedan A1C under 7% and maintained it.b

aIn 2 different studies, adults lowered A1C, on average, by:

  • Ozempic®: 1.4% (0.5 mg) and 1.6% (1 mg) vs placebo: 0.1%
  • Ozempic®: 1.9% (1 mg) and 2.1% (2 mg), taking 1 or 2 diabetes pills

from a starting average A1C of 8.0% and 8.9%, respectively.

bIn the same 2 studies, the majority of people reached an A1C under 7%:

  • Ozempic®: 73% (0.5 mg) and 70% (1 mg) vs placebo: 28%
  • Ozempic®: 56% (1 mg) and 64% (2 mg)

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that a reasonable goal for most adults with type 2 diabetes is an A1C less than 7%. Your health care provider will tell you what goal is right for you.

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Has Ozempic® been studied for cardiovascular risk?

Yes. A study showed that in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease, Ozempic® lowers the risk of major cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack, or death.

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Will Ozempic® affect my weight?

Adults taking Ozempic® lost up to 14 pounds.a,b

aOzempic® is not a weight-loss drug.In 2 different studies looking at A1C, adults lost on average:

  • Ozempic®: 8 lb (0.5 mg) and 10 lb (1 mg) vs placebo: 3 lb
  • Ozempic®: 12 lb (1 mg) and 14 lb (2 mg)

from an average starting weight of 202 lb and 219 lb, respectively.

bWhile many people in this medical study lost weight, some did gain weight.

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How does Ozempic® work to lower blood sugar?

Non-insulin Ozempic® works with your body’s own ability to lower blood sugar and A1C. Ozempic® helps your body release its own insulin.And it's designed to respond when your blood sugar rises.

Ozempic® works in 3 ways to lower blood sugar:

Savings & Support

How can I save on Ozempic®?

With the Ozempic® Savings Card, you may pay as little as $25a for a 1-month, 2-month, or 3-month supply for up to 24 months.

To receive offer, prescription must be for a 1-, 2-, or 3-month supply.

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ªSavings card offer applies to eligible commercially insured patients with coverage for Ozempic®. Maximum savings of $150 for a 1-month prescription, $300 for a 2-month prescription, and $450 for a 3-month prescription. Month is defined as 28 days. Offer is good for up to 24months. Eligibility and other restrictions apply.

How much does Ozempic® cost?

You can look up your co-pay and see how much Ozempic® will cost you.

How can I participate in the support program?

With Ozempic® you get access to TexT2Connect—a free savings and support program. After signing up you’ll get text support with reminders, inspiration, and resources to help you start and stay on Ozempic®.

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Give us a call for one-on-one live support from a Diabetes Health Coach—and to learn more about taking Ozempic®.

Call 1-866-696-4090 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm ET

Can I get live phone support for my questions about Ozempic®?

You can speak with a Diabetes Health Coach by calling 1-866-696-4090.

The Diabetes Health Coach will be happy to answer your questions about Ozempic®.

Taking Ozempic®

How do I take Ozempic®?

You take Ozempic® once-weekly with an Ozempic® pen. Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use that comes with Ozempic®. Use Ozempic® exactly as your health care provider tells you to.

Your health care provider should show you how to use Ozempic® before you use it for the first time. Ozempic® is injected under the skin (subcutaneously) of your stomach (abdomen), thigh, or upper arm. Do not inject Ozempic® into a muscle (intramuscularly) or vein (intravenously).

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What can I expect when taking Ozempic®?

When taken as instructed, Ozempic®, along with diet and exercise, may help lower your blood sugar and A1C.

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Ozempic® can lower the risk ofmajor cardiovascular events, such as stroke, heart attack, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease.

Ozempic® may help you lose some weight. Ozempic® is not for weight loss.

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While taking Ozempic®, you may experience some side effects.

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What are the most common side effects of Ozempic®?

The most common side effects of Ozempic® may include:

Nausea

Diarrhea

Stomach (abdominal) pain

Vomiting

Constipation

With any medicine, it’s very important to talk to your health care provider about side effects—talk to yours about any side effect that bothers you or doesn't go away.

If you experience nausea, here are some general nausea tips that you might find helpful:

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Eat bland, low-fat foods, like crackers, toast, and rice

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Eat foods that contain water, like soups and gelatin

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Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods

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Avoid lying down after you eat

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Go outdoors for freshair

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Eat more slowly

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Drink clear or ice-cold drinks

For a complete list of possible side effects of Ozempic®, see Prescribing Information and Medication Guide. For medical advice about side effects, talk with your health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What will my Ozempic® dosage be?

Getting started

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The beginning dose is 0.25 mg once a week for the first 4 weeks. This will help give your body a chance to get used to the medicine.

At Week 5, your health care provider will increase the dose to 0.5 mg once a week.

Additional control

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Your A1C needs may shift as your type 2 diabetes changes. That’s why Ozempic® offerspens that deliver doses of 1 mg or doses of 2 mg to give you additional A1C control. And while your dose may change, nothing will change about how you takeOzempic®—the 1 mg and 2 mg dose pens are similar to the pen you already use.

The maximum dose of Ozempic® is 2mg once a week. Always follow your health care provider's instructions on how to dose Ozempic®.

How do I store Ozempic®?

How to store your Ozempic® pen

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Store your new, unused Ozempic® pens in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).

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Store your pen in use for 56 days at room temperature between 59ºF to 86ºF (15ºC to 30ºC) or in a refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not make enough insulin or doesn’t respond to insulin properly. To understand type 2 diabetes, you need to know what insulin is and why your body needs it.

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What is GLP-1?

The main ingredient in Ozempic® is called semaglutide, a man-made version of the human GLP-1 molecule, with some changes.

GLP-1, or glucagon-like peptide-1, is a natural hormone that helps your body keep blood sugar in balance. GLP-1 treatments work like this naturally occurring hormone.

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How can I learn about healthy eating?

Ozempic® and My Type 2 Transformation offer videos, recipes, and more to help you learn about healthy eating. Ozempic®, along with diet and exercise, can help lower A1C for adults with type 2 diabetes.

Get Cooking

How can I learn about staying active and exercising?

Ozempic® and My Type 2 Transformation offer videos and more to help you stay active. Ozempic®, along with diet and exercise, can helplower A1C for adults with type 2 diabetes.

Get Moving

How can I learn about managing stress and staying motivated?

Ozempic® and My Type 2 Transformation offer videos and more to help you learn techniques for dealing with stress and staying motivated as you manage your type 2 diabetes.

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