What is Rybelsus (semaglutide)?
Rybelsus is a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. Rybelsus is the brand name for semaglutide, which belongs to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. It decreases your body’s blood glucose levels and increases its response to the hormone insulin to get your type 2 diabetes under control. Not only does semaglutide help manage blood sugar levels, but it can also help patients with type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
Rybelsus is prescribed in conjunction with other treatment measures such as exercise and dietary changes to help patients lose weight and prevent serious complications caused by diabetes. Rybelsus is prescribed in the form of a tablet to be taken orally. Other brand names for semaglutide include Wegovy and Ozempic, which are prescribed in the form of a subcutaneous injection (an injection under the skin).