Federal and state drug regulators cracked down hard on doctors who prescribed ivermectin for COVID-19 patients, saying it was not an approved use.
So many people without diabetes are receiving prescriptions for diabetes drugs like semaglutide and tirzepatide for the weight-loss benefits ascribed to them.
Besides battling certain endocrine disorders, drugs such as Ozempic show promising signs of reducing appetite that leads to significant weight loss, according to a Fox News report.
Robert Heinlein summarized reciprocity with the succinct slogan “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” in his book “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.”
The truth of that philosophy also applies to Ozempic and similar drugs because people lose weight, but they also lose facial skin tone and face increased risk of other diseases.
“I spoke with some dermatologists about this yesterday,” Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel said Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” “of ‘Ozempic face,’ a bizarre side effect reported in Ozempic patients who claim the drug is making them look older.”
“It’s an overuse of the drug to where you lose weight too quickly,” Siegel continued. “The buccal mucosa – the fat – leaves your face, and you become gaunt looking.”
The network medical contributor opined the drug’s potential is worth the tradeoff of sagging skin. The older appearance that comes when the faces of users become gaunt may be worth losing a transformative amount of excess weight.
“Ozempic is actually a great drug,” Siegel added. “It’s the first weight loss drug I’ve seen that I think really works. “It actually improves insulin, it improves getting rid of sugar, it decreases hunger.”
Siegel cautioned viewers of the Fox program Sunday that the sagging skin experienced by Ozempic users may be permanent.
“It’s something that happens to us anyway as we get older,” he added.
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