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Rybelsus is a GLP-receptor agonist prescription medication. It is used for treatment of Type 2 diabetes and works to manage blood sugar levels. However, it works very differently from similar diabetes medications in that it has a unique 3-way approach to lowering blood sugar. The advantage of Rybelsus is that it promotes increased insulin production from the pancreas, decreases sugar released from the liver, and slows the release of food from the stomach after eating.
GLP-1 stands for glucagon-like Peptide 1, and Rybelsus works like your body’s naturally occurring GLP-1 to lower blood sugar. Rybelsus is not to be used as a primary treatment for Type 2 diabetes, and instead should be used to supplement other primary diabetic medications as only as directed by a physician.
Take Rybelsus on an empty stomach when you first wake up. Do not exceed 4 fluid ounces of water when taking this diabetes medication. Wait 30 minutes before eating, drinking, or taking other medications. A missed dose is okay, but be sure to take your next dose of Rybelsus at the same the next day.
The active ingredient in Rybelsus for Type 2 diabetes is Semaglutide.
Do not use Rybelsus as a blood sugar lowering medication if you or any of your family have ever had MTC, or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)
Do use Rybelsus is you are allergic to Semaglutide or any of the ingredients in this Type 2 diabetes medication.
Keep Rybelsus tablets in the blister pack until you are ready to take them / Push tablet out of blister. Do not cut from the packaging / Swallow tablet whole. Do not cut, crush, or chew.
Store at room temperature 68°F–77°F (20°C–25°C).
Store in a dry place away from moisture.
Side effects related to the use of this blood sugar lowering medication are uncommon, but may include nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, diarrhea, decreased appetite, vomiting, and constipation.
If any of these symptoms or more serious ones occur then you must discontinue use of the medication immediately and speak with your physician regarding blood glucose lowering medication alternatives.