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Can you get Wegovy on the NHS?

Robbie Puddick
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Robbie Puddick

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Fiona Moncrieff

5 min read
Last updated February 2024
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You can get Wegovy on the NHS, but you must meet strict eligibility criteria alongside a referral to a specialist weight-management programme from your GP.

To get a Wegovy prescription on the NHS, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the criteria for specialist weight management services in your area
  • Have a BMI of over 35 (or 30 if you meet the criteria for your local weight-management service)
  • Have at least one obesity-related comorbidity such as cardiovascular disease or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Conventional interventions have failed to support weight loss
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Can I buy Wegovy online?

You can purchase Wegovy from approved online pharmacies and companies, like Second Nature, that follow professional guidelines and consider national advice.

Wegovy won’t be available over-the-counter, and you’ll still need a prescription that will only be approved if you meet the strict eligibility criteria for the medication.

Wegovy is designed as an additional tool for weight management and shouldn’t be considered a lifelong medication.

Instead, it should be used to help you kickstart your weight loss and healthy journey while you commit to living a healthier lifestyle.

Ideally, we’d be able to lose weight without medication and lifestyle changes would be enough to support weight loss in the long term.

We’d generally recommend trying Second Nature’s weight-loss programme before considering a weight-loss jab.

Changing your habits is the most sustainable way to achieve long-term weight loss, and it’s also less expensive.

Second Nature has been providing weight-loss and diabetes-prevention services to the NHS for over 6 years.

In 2022, the NHS published data in the BMJ that compared the weight loss outcomes of five providers in the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Second Nature was more than twice as effective at supporting weight loss than the other four providers.

Whilst our Wegovy weight-loss programme is a private programme, we’ve applied the same rigorous levels of data security and patient safety.

Our Wegovy programme is science-backed and has been developed by dietitians, nutritionists, and psychologists.

With that, we believe there comes a level of authenticity and peace of mind that other providers can’t match.

How much weight will I lose on Wegovy?

Wegovy leads to an average weight loss of 15-20% after 68 weeks and is more effective than other weight-loss injections, like Saxenda.

A meta-analysis investigated the impact of semaglutide (Wegovy) and liraglutide (Saxenda) and suggested that semaglutide was more effective at lowering blood sugar levels (as measured by HbA1c).

The study showed that a 0.5mg dose of semaglutide led to a more significant reduction (0.17%) in HbA1c than liraglutide.

The 1mg dose of semaglutide showed a further benefit compared to 1.2mg and 1.7mg of Saxenda at 0.47% and 0.3%, respectively.

However, the studies used to compare the two drugs were from individual trials, comparing one of the medications with a placebo (a sugar pill). They hadn’t yet been compared directly with one another.

Fortunately, a randomised controlled trial was conducted in 2022 investigating the impact of semaglutide and liraglutide on weight loss in individuals living with obesity.

The results showed that the participants in the semaglutide group lost 15.8% of their body weight compared to 6.4% in the liraglutide group.

Semaglutide was also shown to be more tolerated than liraglutide. 13.5% of participants in the semaglutide group discontinued their treatment due to side effects, compared to 27.6% with liraglutide.

Over 80% of participants in both groups reported common side effects and GI-related issues such as constipation, cramping, bloating, and diarrhoea.

Due to the positive results from these studies, Semaglutide was made available in 2023 in the UK after the U.S. approved the drug in 2021.

How does Wegovy compare to weight loss without medication?

Lifestyle interventions without semaglutide tend to lead to an average weight loss of around 5-10%.

Losing and maintaining weight loss of more than 10% is associated with significantly reducing complications related to obesity, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

A recent paper published in The Lancet showed that nearly 20% of participants in lifestyle interventions without medications gain weight, around 40% lose between 1-10% of their body weight, and just 13% lose more than 10%.

In comparison, less than 5% of participants combining semaglutide with lifestyle interventions gain weight, around 10% lose between 1-10%, and 87% lose more than 10%.

So, 47% more people lose more than 10% of body weight on lifestyle interventions with semaglutide compared to lifestyle interventions alone.

Why should I choose Second Nature?

Many companies (Boots, Superdrug, Juniper, and Weight Watchers) will offer semaglutide injections alongside a weight-loss programme, and we’ll be biased and recommend you choose Second Nature and that’s for one primary reason:

Peace of mind.

Second Nature has been providing weight-loss and diabetes-prevention services to the NHS for over 6 years, alongside receiving NICE approval to deliver weight-management services with Wegovy medication. We ensure we abide by the highest levels of data security and patient safety.

With that, we believe there comes a level of authenticity and peace of mind that other providers can’t match (e.g. Weight Watchers, Boots, Superdrug, Juniper, Numan, Voy, etc.).

Whilst our Wegovy weight-loss programme is a private programme and is not yet used by the NHS, we’ve applied the same rigorous levels of data security and patient safety.

If you want to go with a company with a proven track record of providing the most effective digital weight-loss programme to the NHS (as proven in our official scientific publications in the British Medical Journal and others), then give us a go.

Wegovy information

Product name Wegovy
Active ingredient Semaglutide
Manufacturer Novo Nordisk
Price £229
What’s included?
    • Access to a registered nutritionist or dietitian five days a week via our award-winning app
    • Weighing scales and our hardback recipe book
    • Peace of mind that we’re the only Wegovy provider who’s also trusted by the NHS to deliver weight-loss services
Second Nature Trustpilot rating 4.8/5
Second Nature Trustpilot reviews 6,888 (as of January 2024)
Availability In stock
Description Once weekly weight-loss injection
Administration Subcutaneous injection (multiple sites like the arm, stomach, or leg)
Presentation Injection pen
Available dosage 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, 2.4 mg
Drug class GLP-1 receptor agonist
When pregnant/breastfeeding Not permitted
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