Are Weight Loss Drugs Causing Stomach Trouble?

People taking popular medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus for weight loss are at higher risk for potentially serious stomach and intestinal issues, compared to people taking a weight loss drug approved in 2014, a large study reveals. 

Those taking one of these drugs, known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, were nine times more likely to have pancreatitis, an often painful inflammation of the pancreas, compared to others taking a combination of naltrexone and bupropion for weight loss (brand name Contrave). 

Other findings show that people taking these drugs: 

  • Were over four times more likely to get a bowel obstruction, which prevents food from going through the large or small intestines, with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, cramping and/or bloating¬†

Excerpted from WebMD

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