An Australian woman died after allegedly taking prescribed Ozempic to lose weight for her daughter’s wedding. Independent informed of.
Trish Webster, 56, was taking Ozempic, one of several drugs known as GLP-1s. These are used to treat type 2 diabetes. However, some of them have been FDA-approved to treat chronic weight management.
Ozempic has become a thing on social media as people have been taking this drug since it was rumored or confirmed that influencers and celebrities were taking it to control their weight.
This drug mimics the natural hormone GLP-1 by sending signals to a person’s brain that they are feeling full – even if they are not.
In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Trish’s husband Roy Webster said that his wife saw an advertisement for Ozempic on television and got a prescription from a doctor.
The 56-year-old man was trying to lose weight by exercising and dieting, but it was not that effective. She wanted to lose a few kilos before her daughter’s big day.
“My daughter was getting married and she was just mentioning the dress she wanted to wear,” Mr. Webster recalled of the TV show.
“She went to the dressmaker to get measurements. From there it was a big nightmare.”
Trish lost a total of 16 kilograms in three months, but it came at the cost of her life.
Ozempic’s manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, claimed that reports of ileus emerged after the drug was already in circulation, suggesting a lack of prior awareness of the risks.