In this episode, I explain how to say semaglutide, Ozempic®, and Wegovy®.
I break all 3 drug names down into syllables, explain which syllable(s) have the emphasis, reveal the source of the information, and share the written pronunciations so that you see them and use them right away.
The purpose of my drug name pronunciations episodes is to provide the intended pronunciations of drug names from reliable sources so that you feel more confident saying them and less frustrated learning them.
Semaglutide is an injectable prescription medication used for Type 2 diabetes and weight loss. To learn more about using semaglutide for Type 2 diabetes, visit https://www.ozempic.com/. To learn more about its use in weight loss, visit https://www.wegovy.com/.
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Semaglutide = SEM a GLOO tide. Emphasize SEM and GLOO. GLOO gets the most emphasis. Source: USP Dictionary Online (aka USAN)
- SEM, like a semi truck
- a, which is a short “a” sound
- GLOO, like the sticky substance we use to stick two things together (glue)
- tide, as in the ocean tide
Ozempic® (for Type 2 Diabetes) = oh-ZEM-pick. Emphasize ZEM. Source: medication guide and videos on https://www.ozempic.com/.
- Oh, like the letter in the alphabet (O)
- ZEM, which rhymes with “gem”
- pick, like you pick a vacation destination
Wegovy® (for weight loss) = wee-GOH-vee. Emphasize GOH. Source: medication guide and videos on https://www.wegovy.com/.
- Wee, like the pronoun (we)
- GOH, like the verb (GO)
- vee, like the letter “V” in the alphabet
Links from this episode
USP Dictionary Online (aka USAN)
USP Dictionary’s (USAN) pronunciation guide (Source: American Medical Association’s website
Semaglutide for Type 2 Diabetes https://www.ozempic.com/
Semaglutide for weight loss https://www.wegovy.com/
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