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Beware of 'budget Ozempic' — it won't help you lose weight long term

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Social media is lighting up over what influencers are calling "budget Ozempic". These are drugs normally used as laxatives and stool softeners, but people are taking them to lose weight. The demand is so high in the United States, that there are reports this is contributing to shortages in pharmacies.

These laxatives are just the latest alternatives influencers are touting for the blockbuster drug Ozempic.

So, does "budget Ozempic" help you lose weight? Any weight loss is likely to be temporary and using these laxatives long-term may be dangerous.

Article from The Conversation

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