Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Is Ozempic the new tool to fight addiction?

Ozempic is a miracle drug for treating Type 2 diabetes and has exploded in popularity for its side effect—weight loss. But researchers are now trying to better understand the effects Ozempic and similar medications like Mounjaro and Wegovy may have on addiction. Semaglutide, the key ingredient found in these drugs, is also having a seemingly profound effect on addictive behaviors. Drinking, smoking, shopping, gambling and even nail biting are just a few of the impulsive behaviors that seem to be curbed by these popular medications. These new classes of drugs are showing promise and will one day offer new insight into the nature of pleasure and addictions. Learn more about Ozempic and addiction.