One usually expects miracles from a miracle cure, and I am no exception. When I took my first injection of Ozempic into my stomach on October 4th, I expected, in this order and immediately: nausea, bloated stomach, dizziness, headache. Not only are these the most common known side effects of the active ingredient called semaglutide, they are also exactly what my two informants told me about their Ozempic experiences: my little brother and my mother. Because yes, their diabetes got the stuff under control. But it wasn’t nice, as one and the other said.

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