HomeAnswersEndocrinologyskin rashI recently had a widespread skin rash which got better after stopping Ozempic, which I was taking for type 2 diabetes and obesity. Please clarify.

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Hello doctor,

I have type 2 diabetes and I am also dealing with obesity. Approximately two months ago, I began taking Ozempic. I initiated with a low 0.25 mg dose for a duration of two weeks, followed by an increase to 0.5 mg for a month. Over the past month, I have been taking a 1 mg dose. I have recently encountered a widespread rash across my body. In response, I stopped taking Ozempic for this week, and I have noticed that the rashes are gradually fading away. This is the first instance of such a reaction. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I am glad to learn that you have started on Ozempic to help manage your type 2 diabetes and obesity. Ozempic, also known as Semaglutide, is a medication that helps control blood sugar levels and can also lead to weight loss. It is important to follow the dosing instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Starting with a low dose of 0.25 mg and gradually increasing it to 1 mg over time allows your body to adjust to the medication. Ozempic works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in your body. It helps to slow down digestion, reduce appetite, and regulate blood sugar levels. By effectively managing your blood sugar and weight, it can contribute to improved overall health and well-being. As with any medication, it is essential to communicate any concerns or side effects you may experience with your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on managing them and may make adjustments to your treatment plan if needed. Remember, along with taking medication, maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, a balanced diet, and managing stress is crucial for managing both type 2 diabetes and obesity.

If you have any questions or need further support, feel free to ask.

Thank you.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

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