The famed plastic surgeon said drugs like Ozempic are safe and people just need to learn how to use them properly
Terry Dubrow is continuing to vouch for using Ozempic for weight loss.
It's one of the brand names for semaglutide — also known as Wegovy — which works in the brain to impact satiety, and is the latest Hollywood weight loss trend.
“I have news for you. Tylenol is more dangerous than these drugs. Tylenol is one of the most dangerous drugs you can take,” the famed plastic surgeon told the outlet.
“In fact, there’s been an epidemic of liver failure from Tylenol,” Dubrow continued. “So the FDA has put out a thing about, ‘Do not let your patients take this much Tylenol.’ These are way less dangerous and way more important.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, too much acetaminophen can cause stomach irritation within hours and liver damage within a few days. The FDA also notes that the drug can cause serious liver damage if more than directed is used, urging consumers to follow dosage instructions on the manufacturer’s label or from their doctor.
Although there are many people who criticize drugs like Ozempic or Wegovy, Dubrow stressed that obesity is a disease that can and should be treated, insisting that the medications are safe to use.
“This is not a new drug. These drugs have been around for about 10 years now, and they have been studied completely,” he explained. “The best institutions in the country are publishing major studies that we read. We have the data. They are safe, but you have to learn how to use them.”
“These criticisms that you’re gonna gain all your weight back or that it has all these side effects…you know, it’s a drug. That’s why it’s FDA approved. That’s why doctors prescribe it,” he told the outlet.
Dubrow noted that he tried Ozempic for a while and lost 18 lbs. from it. He admitted that he has a good handle on using the drug appropriately and safely and others just need to learn how to do the same.
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Last month, Dubrow told Page Six why he tried taking Ozempic and then later quit the drug despite calling it “amazing.”
“I didn’t have that much weight to lose. But I wanted to try it because so many of my patients were on it and I wanted to see what it was like when you’re not diabetic and you only have 10-15 pounds to lose.”
Dubrow admitted that he experienced some side effects like “low-grade nausea” while taking the weekly injections but he’s still a “huge fan” of the drug. “I think it’s a miracle,” he added. “The biggest breakthrough in medical history.”
However, Dubrow said he ultimately quit Ozempic because he missed the “joy of eating.”
“I thought, ‘You know what, I kind of want to get my appetite back. The holidays are coming, I want to enjoy myself,’” he explained at the time.
“You go on vacation, maybe you don’t exercise, you eat too much,” he continued. “It was kind of like, ‘Well, I want to go on a food vacation,’ meaning I want to be able to eat again cause it really took my appetite and all the joy of eating away.”
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