This is definitely one of the more sinister Ozempic-related stories if this is true. Though Ozempic is intended to treat diabetes, it’s also used for weight loss and it’s also approved for chronic weight management. But like most things that seem too good to be true, it has side effects, including but not limited to a more rapidly aged appearance. However, Chelsea Handler says that her doctor prescribed it to counteract just that. She claims she didn’t know she was taking it though and stopped when she figured it out. Uh, what?
Chelsea Handler said she was unknowingly taking Ozempic, the Type 2 diabetes drug that many are using to lose weight, after her doctor prescribed it.
On the Call Her Daddy podcast, the comedian told host Alex Cooper that her “anti-aging doctor just hands it out to anybody.”
“I didn’t even know I was on it,” Handler said.
Ozempic is a brand name for semaglutide, an injectable medication that the FDA approved in 2017 to treat and manage Type 2 diabetes and heart complications that people with it face.
The FDA approved the drug for chronic weight management under the brand name Wegovy in 2021. But the rise in people taking the drug, regardless of whether they need it, has led to a shortage for people with Type 2 diabetes.
While joking about being a doctor, Handler said she has prescribed Ozempic to four to five of her friends. She then said she didn’t want to use the drug because she didn’t need it.
“Can you believe the amount of people in LA who are using it?” Cooper said.
“It’s going to backfire,” Handler responded. “Something bad is going to happen.”
Handler added that because it’s a miracle drug for people who have struggled their whole lives to lose weight, she thinks it’s “too irresponsible” for her to take it.
“I’m an irresponsible drug user, but I’m not going to take a diabetic drug,” she said.
Apparently Chelsea’s doctor just hands out those injections like gum or mints, huh? No, but that’s the part that makes me doubt Chelsea’s story. I can certainly understand not Googling every little thing that your doctor says or prescribes. I didn’t Google my new allergy medicine for awhile and when I did I learned it makes some people feel suicidal. (I feel fine so I still take it.) But that was just a pill. If someone whipped out a needle and tried to stick me with it I would definitely ask questions. Chelsea called her doctor an “anti-aging” doctor… What does that mean? Was it a dermatologist? Did she think it was Botox? A B12 shot? An adrenaline shot to return her to the energy of her youth? So many questions about how this happened. I do buy the idea that Chelsea balked once she found out what it was, if she didn’t, in fact, know already. She lives to overshare and shock. If she was fine with it, she’d let us know.
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