Wegovy Side Effects FAQs
Will drinking alcohol make my side effects worse?
Drinking alcohol can make side effects worse, especially if you get low blood sugar, nausea, or headaches. It is best to limit or avoid alcohol whilst using Wegovy if you get side effects.
You can drink alcohol whilst taking Wegovy, but alcohol has a lot of empty calories which can interfere with your weight loss.
Can Wegovy cause long-term side effects?
Many of Wegovy’s side effects are not long-term and will stop on their own, or once you stop using the medication.
Wegovy can cause some rare long-term side effects, such as pancreatitis or swelling of the gallbladder. Speak to your doctor straight away if you think you have any of these side effects.
Will side effects prevent me from driving?
Wegovy is unlikely to prevent you from driving, but it can sometimes cause dizziness or tiredness. You should be careful driving if you feel dizzy or overly tired, and speak to your doctor if your side effects are making it difficult to drive.
Can Wegovy cause flu-like symptoms?
Wegovy is not likely to cause flu-like symptoms and this is not currently a listed side effect. Wegovy may make you feel generally unwell as it can cause headaches and weakness, but these will get better as you get used to the medication.
Will Wegovy make me tired?
Wegovy can make you feel tired, but this side effect often goes away on its own within a few weeks.
Can Wegovy cause depression?
There are no listed side effects for mood changes or depression whilst taking Wegovy.
Does Wegovy cause hair loss?
A common side effect of Wegovy is hair loss with around 3% of patients reporting it. This is usually temporary and mild, but speak to your doctor if you are taking Wegovy and notice sudden hair loss.
Can Wegovy cause acid reflux?
Yes, Wegovy can sometimes cause reflux symptoms, but these can be treated with over-the-counter medications. You can also speak to your doctor who can prescribe an acid reflux treatment.
To limit acid reflux symptoms, avoid spicy and high-fat foods, avoid eating just before bed, and eat smaller, more frequent meals.