Can I Take Rybelsus at Night? Common Questions Answered
There are several popular new medications available for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Rybelsus is one such medication. You should use it in combination with exercise and healthy eating habits to combat type 2 diabetes. It is also used off-label for weight loss but is not currently FDA-approved for that purpose.
If you are thinking about taking Rybelsus, you may have a lot of questions about the drug. From who makes Rybelsus to why it tastes so bad, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked Rybelsus questions.
What Is Rybelsus Used to Treat?
Rybelsus is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It contains the active ingredient semaglutide. This ingredient helps reduce blood sugar and boosts insulin production in the pancreas. Semaglutide is a GLP-1 agonist, which means it mimics the GLP-1 hormone in the body. The gut naturally releases this hormone after consuming food. It has several roles in the body, including:
- Controlling feelings of satiety after meals
- Managing blood sugar levels
- Trigger insulin release
- Controlling the rate of stomach emptying
By mimicking the actions of this natural hormone in the body, GLP-1 agonists can help manage type 2 diabetes. They can also lead to steady weight loss and are very popular for that purpose.
Who Makes Rybelsus?
Now that you know a little about GLP-1 agonists and how they work, you may wonder who makes Rybelsus. Novo Nordisk, a well-known Danish pharmaceutical company, makes this popular drug. Founded in 1923, this pharmaceutical behemoth has multiple production facilities spanning nine countries. The primary stated goal of Novo Nordisk is to defeat diabetes and other chronic diseases.
What Is the Typical Rybelsus Dosage?
For the first 30 days of treatment, you’ll likely take just 3 mg of Rybelsus daily. This small dosage will help your body adjust to the medication and reduce your likelihood of having unwanted side effects. Once your body acclimates to the medication, your provider may increase your dosage to 7 mg daily.
If you need a higher dose to manage your blood sugar more effectively, your doctor may prescribe 14 mg. If you experience severely unpleasant side effects at this dosage, your provider may cut it back until you can get used to it.
How Do I Take Rybelsus?
Rybelsus is an oral tablet. You should take it when you first wake up, before eating anything. Rybelsus works best on an empty stomach so that the body can absorb it more effectively.
Take 4 oz or less of water with your tablet. Approximately 30 minutes after taking Rybelsus, you can drink, eat, or take other approved oral medications as needed.
Can I Take Rybelsus With Any Other Medication?
Some medications and supplements may not be safe to take with Rybelsus. Insulin, beta-blockers, blood pressure medications, and diuretics can interact negatively with Rybelsus. Some can make Rybelsus less effective. Others may interact with Rybelsus to cause dangerously low blood sugar. Talk to your healthcare provider about any medications you’re taking to determine if you can still take Rybelsus.
Can Rybelsus Be Taken at Night?
Ideally, you should take Rybelsus for the best results first thing in the morning. Technically, you can take this drug at any time of the day. However, it will not be effective unless you take it on an empty stomach. That’s why almost everyone opts to take this drug when they wake up each day.
Can You Take Rybelsus Every Other Day?
You should not intentionally skip a day when taking Rybelsus. You must take it consistently, every day, for optimal results. If you choose not to take the drug as intended, you may not experience a favorable treatment outcome.
What Happens if I Miss a Dose of Rybelsus?
Accidents happen sometimes, and you may discover that you forgot to take a dose of your Rybelsus. If this happens to you, don’t double up on your tablets the next day. Instead, take the next single dose as scheduled and continue with your regular schedule.
Why Does Rybelsus Taste So Bad?
Many people appreciate the fact that Rybelsus is not an injectable medication. However, since it’s an oral tablet, you’ll taste it when you put it in your mouth. Many people describe the flavor as intensely bitter. This is because semaglutide is bitter by nature. The manufacturing process can further enhance its bitter flavor.
Another contributing factor to the bad taste of Rybelsus tablets is the coating. Each pill has a coating that provides moisture protection. The coating doesn’t taste very good, but you can minimize any foul taste by swallowing the pill quickly after putting it in your mouth. Avoid crushing or chewing the tablet, as this will allow you to taste the medication even more. You may also wish to rinse your mouth with water to remove any lingering flavor.
How Can I Decrease My Nausea After Taking Rybelsus?
Rybelsus can cause nausea. You may be able to reduce nausea by:
- Eating slowly
- Eating smaller portions throughout the day instead of one big portion in a single sitting
- Avoiding fatty or greasy foods
- Consuming low-fat, bland foods such as toast, crackers, and rice
- Staying away from spicy and overly sweet foods
- Drinking plenty of cold water
- Eating water-heavy foods such as soup, cucumbers, and gelatin
- Stopping eating when you first begin to feel full
- Avoiding lying down right after eating
- Getting outdoors frequently for fresh air
Will Rybelsus Affect My Weight?
Rybelsus will likely affect your weight if you take it long enough. Semaglutide is in some of the most popular weight loss medications on the market. It can lead to weight loss by managing the body’s insulin response, slowing stomach emptying, and reducing hunger and cravings.
Though Rybelsus is officially approved only for treating type 2 diabetes, some providers prescribe it off-label for weight loss. An oral Rybelsus dose of 50 mg may provide weight loss results similar to Wegovy. Wegovy is an FDA-approved weight loss medication with the active ingredient semaglutide.
What Are the Most Common Rybelsus Side Effects?
Some people experience side effects while taking Rybelsus. Some of the most common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite
Nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting could lead to dehydration. Prolonged or acute dehydration could lead to kidney problems or cause existing kidney problems to worsen. Rybelsus could also cause pancreatitis, low blood sugar, gallbladder problems, and vision changes. Rare but more serious side effects may include an increased risk of thyroid tumors and thyroid cancer.
Talk with your healthcare provider about any side effects you experience while taking Rybelsus. You may need to cut back your dosage temporarily or stop taking the medication altogether if your symptoms are not manageable.
Can I Take Rybelsus While Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
There is not enough research to prove whether Rybelsus can harm an unborn baby. Therefore, women need to stop taking the drug two months before they plan to get pregnant. It is also unknown whether Rybelsus can pass through your breast milk. Taking Rybelsus while breastfeeding is not recommended. Contact your healthcare provider if you need another solution for type 2 diabetes treatment while pregnant or breastfeeding.
How Do I Properly Store Rybelsus?
You should store Rybelsus at room temperature (between 68⁰F and 77⁰F). Keep the bottle in a cool, dry place and leave it closed until you’re ready to take your next dosage. Do not store your tablets in alternate containers such as pill organizers. Doing so may impact their effectiveness. Keep your Rybelsus tablets out of the reach of children.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rybelsus?
You may be a good candidate for Rybelsus if you:
- Have type 2 diabetes
- Want to improve your
- A1C and blood sugar
- Are you overweight or obese with
- Are willing to live a healthy lifestyle, including exercising and eating healthfully
Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Rybelsus?
Individuals with a family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 should not take Rybelsus. You should also avoid Rybelsus if you have any allergies to the ingredients in Rybelsus, including semaglutide. Breastfeeding or pregnant women and those who are actively trying to become pregnant are not good candidates for Rybelsus.
Schedule Your Oral Semaglutide Tablet Consultation
If you’re ready to take control of your weight, contact North Shore Medical Wellness. We offer a Rybelsus compound as an oral semaglutide tablet for our clients. Compounded Rybelsus is a highly effective medication that often comes at a lower cost when compared to the Semaglutide or Tirzepatide injections. Call us today at (631) 438-8184 to schedule a consultation and determine if this compounded Semaglutide tablet suits you.