Rybelsus (Semaglutide) is a prescription medication used with proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Rybelsus is similar to a natural hormone in your body. Rybelsus belongs to a group of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist. It works by causing insulin release in response to high blood sugar and decreasing the amount of sugar your liver makes.
The brand name Rybelsus is manufactured in Canada by Novo Nordisk. The generic of Rybelsus is not available at this time. Rybelsus is available in the dosage of 3mg, 7mg, and 14mg tablets.
Rybelsus may cause common side effects such as: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea and constipation. Nausea usually lessens as you continue to take semaglutide. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Many people using Rybelsus do not have any serious side effects. Inform your doctor right away if you have any symptoms such as:
• High blood sugar;
• Low blood sugar;
• Signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine);
• Symptoms of pancreatitis;
• Vision changes (such as decreased/blurred vision)
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to it. Please contact your doctor if you have a history of certain eye problems (diabetic retinopathy), a disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis), kidney problems, stomach/intestinal disorders (such as gastroparesis, digestion problems). You may experience blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcohol while using this medication because it can increase your risk of developing low blood sugar. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Pregnancy may cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to your doctor about your diabetes treatment during pregnancy. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk.