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Ozempic Users Say Suppresses Appetites For Alcohol, Cigarettes, And Gambling - Weight Loss 'Miracle Medication'


Almost all Ozempic users say suppresses appetites for alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling. Ozempic and Wegovy are quickly becoming known as miracle medications due to their capacity to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Is it heart failure? Check.

What is type 2 diabetes? Check.

Obesity, heart disease, or stroke? Check, check, and check again.

Ozempic And Wegovy's Miracle

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Furthermore, an increasing number of anecdotal reports and medical studies indicate that semaglutide. The generic name for the ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy — can reduce addictive cravings and behaviors in users who were most likely taking the pricey and trendy drugs for a completely different reason.

Semaglutide appears to be effective in controlling the following compulsions:

Some doctors and patients credit Ozempic with helping them kick habits like smoking and drinking
Some doctors and patients credit Ozempic with helping them kick habits like smoking and drinking
  • Alcohol intake
  • Binge eating and impulse snacking
  • Cigarette smoking, use of other tobacco products
  • Use of vaping products
  • Impulse and “shopaholic” Buying
  • Nail biting
  • Opioid use
  • Gambling

Although anecdotal accounts have far surpassed professional studies, clinicians and patients alike are noticing an apparent trend.

"It’s very, very strange," said Cheri Ferguson, who began using Ozempic to reduce weight after contracting COVID-19. In addition to shedding 38 pounds, she is no longer interested in smoking or vaping. Ferguson told CNN:

It’s like someone’s just come along and switched the light on, and you can see the room for what it is. And all of these vapes and cigarettes that you’ve had over the years, don’t look attractive anymore.- Cheri Ferguson

During the epidemic, J. Paul Grayson gained weight, which contributed to his diagnosis of high blood pressure, prediabetes, and heart arrhythmia.

Grayson, 73, said after starting on Ozempic. But then something strange happened:

Right away, I started eating less and losing weight. I ordered a beer, took a sip, and I couldn’t finish it. You know how sometimes you taste a beer, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, this tastes so good that I want to guzzle it.’ Well, I didn’t feel like guzzling. I just really felt like sipping it.- J. Paul Grayson

Medical professionals are aware of stories of addictions and obsessions that have been successfully treated.

“I have had a number of patients [say] ‘Hey, I’ve noticed this change; could that be due to this medication?’” said Dr. Jena Shaw Tronieri, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Tronieri is testing semaglutide in a clinical trial to better understand how it affects appetite. People who use the substance often say things like, "You know what, I’m just not really interested in that anymore. I don’t feel like drinking,'" she said.

Cigarettes, alcohol and drugs at the table
Cigarettes, alcohol and drugs at the table

Some specialists believe that the effects of the medications on humans are related to the role of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, in rewarding addictive and compulsive behavior.

According to research, semaglutide can reduce the release of dopamine in the brain when a person eats something exquisitely sweet or drinks a perfectly blended, chilly margarita.

Christian S. Hendershot, a psychologist and addiction researcher at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said:

All these reports, for the most part, are anecdotal. At the same time, it does seem like there’s a pretty strong signal here.- Christian S. Hendershot

He is one of several UNC researchers who are now conducting clinical trials to investigate the effect of semaglutide on alcohol and cigarette usage.

"There’s really been a large number of clinical and anecdotal reports coming in suggesting that people’s drinking behaviors are changing, and in some instances pretty substantially, while taking [Ozempic or Wegovy]," Hendershot continued.

Even though Hendershot admits that “[w]e don’t yet have the clinical data necessary to draw conclusions,” he adds that “[t]o see this extent of anecdotal clinical data emerging prior to any…work being published is a relatively unprecedented situation.”

People who have struggled with alcoholism or other disorders for years, on the other hand, aren't waiting for scientific trials to be released, and some doctors are already giving Ozempic and Wegovy to such patients off-label.

Now that the news about semaglutide’s effectiveness has spread, Hendershot said, “[t]he horse has already left the barn,” and an increase in prescriptions for the drug “is something that’s already appearing to happen, whether we like it or not.”

The groundbreaking medicine Ozempic, which has assisted over 50 million Americans in losing weight, has also assisted smokers and problem drinkers in controlling their appetites, according to Daily Mail.

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