A UK woman purchased online injections that claimed to help with weight loss. She experienced vomiting for over 30 hours.
Vikki Ryan, a beauty salon owner from Hartlepool, UK, was not significantly overweight, but she wanted to shed some pounds before her wedding dress fitting in January 2024.
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To do so, she bought a month’s supply of weight loss injections online for £45, which claimed to contain semaglutide, a chemical that helps reduce weight in Ozempic and Wegovy. Ozempic treats diabetes, while Wegovy fights obesity. A starter treatment of Wegovy costs £199 in the UK.
Not exactly Ozempic
Within an hour of taking the online product, Ryan, a mother of two, became sick. She vomited violently and was in a state of torpor for most of the next 31 hours. "I felt terrible. I felt like I was going to die at one point," she told thesun.co.uk.
Ryan was eventually taken to hospital, but there was little that could be done about her situation, and she was sent home. Twenty days after the specific injection, the woman has still not fully recovered. "Now, I think, why did I inject a drug I ordered off the internet into my own body? I say to everyone, ‘Don’t do it’. It’s scary what it can do to you," she told the reporters.
Semaglutide-based medications can help some people lose weight. But the weight usually comes back to the original level after they stop taking the drugs.