Rybelsus is a brand-name prescription medication that’s FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug helps control blood sugar in adults when used with diet and exercise. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar level becomes too high due to problems with a hormone called insulin. If diet and exercise aren’t helping you manage your type 2 diabetes, Rybelsus shouldn’t be the first medication that you try. Rybelsus is supplied as a white to light yellow, oval shaped tablet and is available in 3mg, 7mg, and 14mg strengths.
Take this medication with a sip of plain water (no more than 4 ounces or 120 milliliters) as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Do not take it with any other beverage. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not split, chew or crush the tablet. Wait at least 30 minutes after taking semaglutide before you eat or drink anything other than plain water and before taking any other medication by mouth. For the best effect, you should eat 30 to 60 minutes after taking semaglutide. It is important to take this medication the same way with every dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
What are Rybelsus’ side effects?
Like most drugs, Rybelsus may cause mild or serious side effects. The lists below describe some of the more common side effects that Rybelsus may cause. These lists don’t include all possible side effects. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the potential side effects of Rybelsus. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects. Here’s a short list of some of the mild side effects that Rybelsus can cause. To learn about other mild side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or read Rybelsus’ medication guide.
- belly pain
- loss of appetite
- weight loss