can you just stop taking Wegovy

What Happens When You Stop Taking Wegovy: Everything You Need to Know

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 – Updated January 4, 2023
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 – Updated January 4, 2023
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Wegovy is a new, increasingly popular medication that helps drop weight without starving yourself. Despite appearing on the market in 2021-2022, many people stopped using it after achieving desired results. And this topic is of great interest.

Strangely enough, success in weight-loss programs may come with various concerns, and the most prominent are the following: How will my appetite react to stopping injections? What will my weight be after the treatment course?

Read more. In this article, we will try to answer the questions of people who are about to finish their obesity treatment. The advice and recommendations below may help you overcome the challenges you face after Wegovy.

So, can you just stop taking Wegovy after your goal is achieved? Yes, of course, you can, and here is what happens after:

  • Your body got used to a new, healthy diet. You are comfortable with the diet and enjoy your life in a slimmer and healthier body.
  • Your appetite has increased, and it becomes harder to follow the diet.

Perhaps, Wegovy will not put a final stop in fighting obesity. You must follow healthy eating standards to control your weight after stopping injections.

But there is good news!

It’s not as hard as it may seem!

Now you need to ensure that your body actively burns fats to maintain results.

Important! Adjusting dosing or stopping Wegovy must be done by your doctor who has prescribed the treatment. Don’t stop medical treatment without consulting your doctor.

Side effects of stopping Wegovy

What are the side effects after stopping weight loss injections? A lot of people are asking this question, and not without reason.

The thing is that many people have a weight loss experience with Phentermine, which really may cause withdrawal symptoms after the end of treatment:

  • Tiredness
  • Bad mood
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, etc.

If we talk about Wegovy withdrawal symptoms, they simply don’t exist. Wegovy is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. It is not an amphetamine-like substance like Phentermine. Unlike appetite suppressants based on Phentermine, Wegovy and its active ingredient Semaglutide don’t cause addiction; thus, patients don’t have withdrawal symptoms after it.

Weight gain after stopping Wegovy

If you achieve any equilibrium state, for example, you lose weight with the help of diets, physical activity, and weight loss medications, then removing any of the listed components will cause a reversal of achieved balance. So, you can gain weight after Wegovy, and you should be ready for it.

It is called the yo-yo effect when you gain weight after weight-loss plans. If this pattern continues, you risk putting on a lot of weight with time.

We are unlikely to recommend anything radically new. To maintain a healthy weight, you need to change your lifestyle and not only follow diets. It means you need to cut processed food and sweets, add physical exercises to your daily plan, eat nutritious food rich in protein and fibre, and take other measures as well.

How to stop taking Wegovy?

You can stop taking Wegovy as soon as your doctor recommends you. Discuss it with your physician if you are worried about getting the yo-yo effects. Perhaps, you can find a compromise, for example:

  • Gradual weekly dosage reduction.
  • Switching to a lower fixed dosing.

We should mention that the medication guide doesn’t include information that standard cessation of Wegovy presupposes dose reduction.

When to stop Wegovy?

The most obvious and exciting reason to stop treatment is that your BMI is in the normal range and you have reached a healthy weight.

Other possible reasons to fully or temporarily stop taking Wegovy:

  • Severe or unpleasant side effects.
  • Use of drugs that may interact with Semaglutide.
  • The drug doesn’t help you to lose weight.

The good news is that Wegovy can be taken for a long time. Clinical trials that look at the impact of the drug on humans have been conducted for 68 weeks. Over this period of time, people have consistently lost weight (an average 15%). Only some of the patients refused to continue treatment due to side effects.

Does Wegovy stop working?

We haven’t found any proof that the body becomes accustomed to the medicine. If it worked at the beginning, then it suppresses appetite at any stage of a weight-loss plan.

Nevertheless, it is essential to remember that every person is unique, and due to characteristics of the body (genetics, metabolism, CNS, gastrointestinal tract, etc.), they may respond to treatment differently than other people.

If Wegovy stopped working, you need to find the reason, but it is hard to do. Contact your doctor and discuss the next steps and goals of the treatment.


A 68-week medical study showed that Wegovy is perfect for long-term treatment. It helps consistently drop weight (nearly 15% from the initial weight) in most individuals tested.

If you stop taking injections, it won’t provoke withdrawal syndrome or other side effects. Just enjoy your slim body, healthy food, and life.

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