Buy compounded semaglutide near me

Key highlights

  • As of May 2023, Ozempic and Wegovy are both listed on FDA’s Drug Shortages list.
  • Mail order compounded semaglutide and GLP-1 prescription are available through the NiceRx Weight Loss Program, if appropriate.

While it may not be possible to buy compounded semaglutide from your local pharmacy, licensed compounding pharmacies can supply compounded semaglutide by mail order with a prescription from a licensed U.S. healthcare provider.

Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, two popular GLP-1 medications manufactured by Novo Nordisk. Learn more about compounded semaglutide and how to safely buy this medication online and receive it at your doorstep, if approved for a prescription.

What is compounded semaglutide?

Compounded semaglutide are customized versions of the medication made by a compounding pharmacy personally for each patient. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand name GLP-1 drugs, Ozempic and Wegovy. When a medication is in shortage, compound pharmacies may be able to prepare a compounded version of the medication if they meet certain requirements in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. As of April 2024, several strengths of Wegovy are listed on FDA’s Drug Shortages list.

Ozempic is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults, and Wegovy is an FDA-approved chronic weight management medication that was recently approved for reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular-related death in adults who have heart disease and are overweight or have obesity. Other similar GLP-1 medications include Zepbound and Mounjaro, which contain the active ingredient tirzepatide.

Compounding is a practice in which licensed compounding pharmacies combine, mix, or alter a drug’s ingredients to create a medication customized for an individual patient’s needs.

Semaglutide belongs to a class of prescription drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, which mimics the GLP-1 hormone that releases the gastrointestinal tract when eating and causes the body to produce more insulin, which reduces blood sugar levels. GLP-1 drugs also interact with the parts of the brain that help to reduce appetite and cause the feeling of fullness. Semaglutide is effective for the promotion of weight loss and lowering blood sugar levels in patients who are overweight or have obesity.

Is it safe to get semaglutide from a compounding pharmacy?

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) warns that some products sold as “compounded semaglutide” may not contain the same active ingredient as the FDA-approved brand name products, and may contain the salt formulation of the drug, which is considered unsafe.

Products containing the salt form, such as semaglutide acetate or semaglutide sodium, are not FDA approved, have not undergone clinical trials, and have not been proven to be safe and effective. It is highly advisable not to use these products.

When buying this product, always ensure that it is in the base form and does not contain a salt form of the drug.

Is compounded semaglutide the same as Ozempic?

Compounded semaglutide treatment contains the same active ingredient as the brand names, Ozempic and Wegovy. While it is identical to the brand name (e.g. it comes in a vial instead of a prefilled pen), it is intended to act in your body the same way and provide the same benefits.

One benefit of compounded medications is that you will pay a significantly lower price, up to 75% lower than the brand name cost.

What is the dosing for compound semaglutide?

The dosing for compound semaglutide varies by the formulation provided by the compounding pharmacy, and the healthcare provider that prescribes the medication.

As an example, this is the dosing plan that a patient may expect when starting to take compound semaglutide injectable medication:

  • Month 1 (weeks 1-4): 10 units (0.25mg) per week
  • Month 2 (weeks 5-8): 20 units (0.5mg) per week
  • Month 3 (weeks 9-12): 40 units (1mg) per week
  • Month 4 (weeks 13+): 70 units (1.75mg) per week and maintain at this dose

Where do you inject compounded semaglutide?

Compounded semaglutide is administered subcutaneously (under the skin). Pinch the injection site and alternate injection sites between either side of the stomach (abdomen), back of the arm, or thigh. Inject approximately two inches from the belly button on either side.

How to get compounded semaglutide for weight loss

The NiceRx Weight Loss Program helps eligible patients receive a prescription online from a licensed U.S. clinician for compounded semaglutide (same active ingredient as Ozempic and Wegeovy) and compounded tirzepatide (same active ingredient as Mounjaro and Zepbound) at an affordable price.

If approved for a prescription, the medication is shipped directly to your home from a licensed U.S. compounding pharmacy.

The bottom line

Compounded semaglutide and tirzepatide are effective weight loss medications. These compounded medications are effective alternatives to the costly brand name drugs that many people cannot afford, especially without adequate insurance coverage.

You should avoid products that contain the salt form of the medication which are known to be potentially unsafe as the salt form of the drug is not FDA-approved and has not been studied in clinical trials.

If you are considering buying compounded semaglutide or tirzepatide, NiceRx can help you obtain a prescription (if appropriate) and supply the medication from a licensed U.S. compounding pharmacy.

Medically reviewed

A medical professional has reviewed this article.

Matt Sommers, PharmD
Matt Sommers, PharmD

Matt Sommers, PharmD

Medical Reviewer

Matt Sommers, PharmD

Medical Reviewer

Dr. Matt Sommers received his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2002 from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Matt is a medical reviewer for NiceRx.