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Real Housewives Husband Quit Ozempic Because of This One Unexpected Side Effect

Dr. Terry Dubrow reveals the one side effect he just couldn’t live with.
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Terry Dubrow, MD, is opening up about his experience with Ozempic. In a new interview the Botched and Real Housewives of Orange County star reveals that he is one of the many celebrities who has tried the controversial weight loss drug. And, while he did lose weight while on the weekly jab, there was one side effect that he simply couldn't deal with. 


Dr. Dubrow "Tried" Ozempic

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Dr. Dubrow explains that he recently dabbled in the drug. "I've tried it. I thought it was amazing. I … didn't have that much weight to lose," he tells Page Six in a new interview. 


He Wanted to See "What It Was Like"

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He added that he was curious about what it was like. "But I wanted to try it because so many of my patients were on it and I wanted to see what it was like when you're not diabetic and you only have 10-15 pounds to lose," he continued.

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He Calls It "The Biggest Breakthrough in Medical History"

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However, while a "huge fan" of Ozempic, he experienced "some side effects" that simply didn't work for his lifestyle. "I think it's a miracle," he said. "The biggest breakthrough in medical history."


However, He Experienced "Low-Grade Nausea"

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He wasn't a fan of the "low-grade nausea" or the fact that while on it, he was disinterested in food. "I thought, 'You know what, I kind of want to get my appetite back. The holidays are coming, I want to enjoy myself,'" he added about why he quit.  


It Also Took "All the Joy of Eating Away"

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"You go on vacation, maybe you don't exercise, you eat too much," he added. "It was kind of like, 'Well, I want to go on a food vacation,' meaning I want to be able to eat again." It "really took … all the joy of eating away," he added. 

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He Added That You Can't Drink On It

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He also discussed the fact that some might find it a buzz kill. "You can't drink on it," he said. "You've got to be really careful with alcohol because people are being put in the hospital with pancreatitis."


Ozempic Is Not Approved for Weight Loss


While many people use Ozempic to lose weight, the drug is actually not approved by the FDA for that purpose, but to "lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, in addition to diet and exercise," they say. "Ozempic is also approved to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus and known heart disease." However, semaglutide is approved for weight loss under the brand name Wegovy.

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Research Has Found That You Can Gain Weight Back After You Stop Ozempic

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Studies have found that there are other downsides to Ozempic, one of them being rebound weight gain. One study found that one year after people stopped getting weekly semaglutide shots, they regained two-thirds of their prior weight loss, "with similar changes in cardiometabolic variables."

💪🔥Body Booster: If you want to lose weight and keep it off, the most sustainable way is through diet and exercise. While weight loss drugs may help you lose weight fast, unless you change your lifestyle you will likely gain it back. 

Leah Groth
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