How Much Does Semaglutide Cost in the UK?

Semaglutide is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes and has gained attention in recent years as it can promote weight loss. 

But how much does semaglutide cost in the UK? Is it worth the cost? And how can you get started on semaglutide? 

That’s what we’ll be exploring in this blog post. Read on to learn all about Ozempic, Rybelsus and Wegovy, and how much they cost. 

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide belongs to a class of drugs - glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These work by mimicking the action of a hormone called GLP-1, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.

This can also make you feel fuller for longer, reducing your appetite and ultimately helping you to achieve a low-calorie diet. This is how semaglutide helps you to lose weight. 

What Semaglutide Options Are There? 

Semaglutide is simply an active ingredient - there are currently three options available in the UK with the active ingredient semaglutide:

  • Ozempic
  • Rybelsus 
  • Wegovy 

These medications come in different forms, including weight loss injections and tablets. This means you can choose the most suitable choice for you - for example, if you don’t like injections, you could opt for Rybelsus, which comes in tablet form.  

Let’s break down the differences between the three. Ozempic and Rybelsus contain semaglutide, and are meant specifically to help control blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production and reducing appetite in people living with type 2 diabetes.

Rybelsus comes in a pill form, while Ozempic is an injection. Wegovy, on the other hand, contains semaglutide at a higher dose and is specifically designed for weight loss.

It helps regulate appetite and slow down digestion, leading to decreased food intake and weight loss. 

To determine the right choice for you, your doctor will assess your medical history, goals, and preferences. 

How Much Does Semaglutide Cost Per Month UK? 

The cost of semaglutide can vary depending on factors such as the brand, the dosage and the formulation. 

Because the drug is available on prescription, the cost ultimately depends on your healthcare coverage - for example, whether you use the NHS or you have private coverage.

Let’s explore how much each brand typically costs: 

Ozempic - costs £130 to £200+ per month 

Rybelsus tablets - costs £170 to £250 per month

Wegovy - costs £149 - £200+ per month

If you get these through the NHS as treatment for type 2 diabetes, you're entitled to free prescriptions for all your medicines, including medicines for other conditions. To claim your free prescriptions, you'll need to apply for an exemption certificate.  

At Dr Frank’s Weight Loss Clinic, our weight loss medication plans start at just £149 per month for Ozempic, Wegovy, Rybelsus and Mounjaro, GIP & GLP-1 medication. This includes free shipping, and the opportunity to increase your dose as needed. 

Is Semaglutide Worth It? 

In short, yes - semaglutide is worth it if you are looking to manage type 2 diabetes or lose weight. Don’t just take our word for it - let’s look at what studies say: 

A 2023 study looked at patients over the age of 45 with cardiovascular disease (not diabetes), and a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher. The patients were either given a weekly injection of semaglutide (2.4 mg) or a placebo. Here is a breakdown of the study: 

  • The study involved 17,604 patients, split evenly between those receiving semaglutide and those receiving a placebo
  • Patients took the medication or placebo for about 34 months and were followed up for about 40 months
  • Semaglutide showed a lower rate of cardiovascular problems (6.5%) compared to the placebo group (8.0%)

A systematic review looked at 13 studies - six using placebos, and seven using active controls - all of which involved the semaglutide injection. Only one trial included oral semaglutide. Here is a breakdown: 

  • Reductions in HbA1c were by 1.01% with 0.5 mg, and 1.38% with 1 mg doses
  • Both doses were more effective in controlling blood sugar levels as opposed to other antidiabetic drugs like sitagliptin, exenatide, liraglutide, dulaglutide, and insulin glargine.
  • Semaglutide led to weight loss (an average of 4.11 kg with 1 mg dose) and helped lower systolic blood pressure
  • There was a higher incidence of common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea with semaglutide use.

So, with a reduced-calorie diet, semaglutide can be highly effective for weight loss and diabetes management. For between £100 and £200+ per month, semaglutide can reduce the risk of obesity-related health problems and be extremely beneficial for managing diabetes.

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Can I Get Semaglutide Through the NHS? 

Yes - you can get semaglutide through the NHS. However, you will have to meet certain eligibility criteria, and you will need a prescription from a doctor. 

Your doctor will assess your medical condition and determine if semaglutide is the right treatment for you based on guidelines and your individual health needs. If your doctor believes Semaglutide is appropriate for you, they can prescribe it, and you can obtain it from a pharmacy covered by the NHS. 

However, eligibility for NHS coverage may vary depending on factors such as your specific medical condition, previous treatments, and any relevant NHS guidelines or policies.

The general rule of thumb is that you will only be prescribed semaglutide for weight management if you:

  • Are experiencing obesity-related health issues 
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher (32.5 if you’re of Asian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Black African or African-Caribbean origin)

Weight Loss Medication at Dr Frank’s Weight Loss Clinic 

At Dr Frank's Weight Loss clinic, we have two weight loss medications available - Wegovy and Mounjaro. With Wegovy injections combined with our support, you can lose up to 20% in the first year!

We will guide and support you throughout your weight loss journey. Make the most of monthly reviews and unlimited well-being calls. Our team of clinicians, dieticians and weight management experts will be there to guide you and help you achieve your weight loss goals. 

Begin your weight loss journey today with Dr Frank’s. It all begins with a simple assessment! 

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