Generic Name: semaglutide
Drug Class: glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist
Rybelsus is an oral prescription drug used to improve glycemic control among adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This is prescribed together with proper diet and exercise. It is not indicated for type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, and those with a history of pancreatitis.
Rybelsus Dosage Forms
This is available in Rybelsus 3 mg, 7 mg, and 14 mg tablets.
Rybelsus Mechanism of Action
It rescues the level of blood sugar by stimulating insulin secretion and lowering glucagon secretion in a glucose-dependent manner. It also delays gastric emptying in the early postprandial phase, contributing to blood glucose-lowering.
How to Take Rybelsus
Before you start taking this medication, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. It is important to fully understand how medications work before taking them. Whenever needed, contact your doctor or pharmacist for additional medical advice or information.
Rybelsus tablet is only meant to be taken by mouth. This is usually prescribed once a day. Administer it on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before eating, drinking, or taking other oral medications. Swallow the tablet entirely and take it with a sip of water that should be no more than 120 mL. Do not take it with other beverages.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your dosage. Your physician may start with a low dose and gradually increase your dose to reduce the risk of side effects. You should not take this oral drug more frequently than advised.
It is important to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly when taking diabetes medication. It may not work as well if lifestyle changes are not applied. Always eat a healthy balanced meal and do exercise regularly.
Rybelsus Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Loss of appetite
Severe Side Effects:
-Changes in urine output
-Severe abdominal pain
-Persistent nausea and vomiting
-Low blood sugar
-High blood sugar
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Rybelsus.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions to medication.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to semaglutide or any inactive ingredients the tablet may contain. You should always be alert for serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of your face and neck, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes and hives/itchiness. Stop using this drug immediately if this happens.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of diabetic retinopathy, pancreatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and kidney problems. Additionally, you should discuss all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements, and herbal products you are taking due to possible drug interactions.
Dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision are among the common symptoms experienced when the blood sugar is too high or too low. Practice safety caution when doing tasks that need alertness and clear vision, especially driving.
Restrict your intake of alcoholic beverages. Rybelsus and alcohol may interact and trigger certain adverse effects. It can also increase the risk of low blood sugar.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, this oral medication must only be taken if absolutely necessary. It is necessary to discuss all the possible risks with a healthcare provider. Additionally, pregnancy can either cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to the doctor about changes in the treatment plan.
How much does Rybelsus cost in Canada?
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does Rybelsus work?
Rybelsus (semaglutide) works by stimulating the secretion of insulin after eating. It also lessens the amount of glucose produced by the liver, and it helps make you feel full.
How effective is Rybelsus for weight loss?
Although there is a direct link between Rybelsus and weight loss, this medication should not be used only for the purpose of losing weight. This is only indicated for type 2 diabetes.
Is Rybelsus like metformin?
Rybelsus vs metformin – These antidiabetic medications contain different active ingredients. They also have different mechanisms of action. Metformin is usually the first choice for diabetes treatment. Rybelsus is available in 3mg, 7mg, and 14mg while Metformin is available in 500 mg, 850 mg, and 1000 mg.
What is the difference between Rybelsus & Ozempic?
Rybelsus vs Ozempic – These medications both contain semaglutide. While Rybelsus comes in oral form, Ozempic is administered through injection.
Do you need a prescription for Rybelsus?
When purchasing this product from any pharmacy, you need to present a valid prescription.
Is there a cheaper alternative to Rybelsus?
At the moment, there are no generic alternatives for this medication yet. Get the lowest prices when you order from Pharma Passport.