High Dose Ozempic Superior at Dropping A1c & Body Weight

The injectable GLP-1 semaglutide (Ozempic) can now be dosed up to 2.0mg a week. This higher maximum dose provides greater reductions in body weight (6.9kgs vs 6.0kgs) and A1c (2.2 vs 1.9% ) when compared to 1.0 semaglutide dose. There was a comparable safety profile with both doses. However, more people experienced negative gastrointestinal side effects when receiving the higher dose (34% compared to 30.8%).

This is good news for people with type 2 diabetes who would like to benefit from both A1C and weight reduction. Plus, semaglutide lowers the risk of cardiovascular events.

Without insurance coverage, this medication costs about $1000 for a month’s supply. However, since semaglutide (Ozempic) is an established diabetes medication covered by many insurance plans, we are hopeful that people who would benefit from this therapy will have access to this higher dose.

The SUSTAIN FORTE trial lasted for 40-weeks and enrolled 961 patients with type 2 diabetes with an A1C of 8.0-10.0%. All patients in the trial initiated treatment with a 0.25 mg dose of semaglutide that was doubled every 4 weeks until the target dose was achieved.

In addition to reduction in A1C and body weight, the semaglutide 2.0 mg arm of the trial saw a greater proportion of patients achieve an A1C less than 7% (67.6% vs 57.5% [OR, 1.60; 95% CI, 1.21-2.13; P=.001]) or a body weight reduction greater than 5% (59.2% vs 51.3% [OR, 1.41; 95% CI, 1.08-1.84]) than the semaglutide 1.0 mg arm.

We have updated our Diabetes Medication PocketCard with this higher maximum dose or our website, CDCES Coach App, and printed PocketCards.

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