Patients hate medications forever. Are Ozempic and Wegovy different?

Study after study shows that most people don’t take the medications they’re prescribed. It doesn’t matter what they are – Statins, Medication for high blood pressure, Medications to lower blood sugar, Asthma medications. Patients either never start taking it or they stop taking it.

It’s a problem doctors call nonadherence — the general human tendency to resist medical treatment — that leads to countless deaths and billions of dollars in avoidable medical costs every year.

But that resistance could be overcome by the blockbuster obesity drugs Wegovy and Zepbound, which have stunned the world with the way they help people lose and maintain weight. Although it is still early days and there is little data on compliance with the new medications, Doctors say they’re noticing another amazing effect: Patients seem to be taking them faithfully week after week.

Some patients may need to overcome initial reluctance. A national survey found that most people lost interest in starting the medication when they were told that they would gain weight back if they stopped taking the medication.

In a small study, patients stopped refilling prescriptions for months, possibly due to side effects, lack of availability, or insurance and cost issues.

But anecdotally, doctors and patients say those who have started taking the drugs are continuing to do so.

“I don’t plan on ever stopping taking this medicine,” said Kimberly DelRosso of Pembroke, Massachusetts, who takes Wegovy.

She never forgot to take her weekly injection. In contrast, she says, she often neglected to take her prescribed blood pressure pills when she weighed more. (Now that she’s lost weight with Wegovy, she no longer needs them.)

So far, doctors report that most of their patients, like Ms. DelRosso, intend to take the obesity medications forever, and many are thrilled when they no longer need other medications.

Dr. David Cummings, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington and director of a weight management program at the VA Puget…

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