GLP-1 Weight Loss Program


Potential Side Effects and Remedies

GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is a peptide hormone naturally produced in the small intestine in response to food consumption. Therefore, GLP-1 medications mimic and enhance the natural physiology of the body.
Over 95% of individuals have reported minimal to no side effects while taking GLP-1 medications. If side effects occur, the most common are nausea, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, headache, and fatigue, which usually resolves within the first month of use.
This document is intended to provide safe and effective remedies to our patients if symptoms do occur.





Natural Remedies:

Bland Diet:

Consuming bland foods like crackers, toast, rice, and bananas can be gentler on the stomach during bouts of nausea.


Sip on clear fluids like water, herbal teas, or diluted fruit juices to stay hydrated and reduce nausea. Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) like Pedialyte are available OTC to help replace lost fluids and electrolytes.


Ginger supplements, fresh ginger, ginger tea, or ginger candies can help relieve nausea. It’s a well-known natural remedy for upset stomachs.


Peppermint can have a soothing effect on the stomach and help ease nausea.

Over-the-Counter RX:



Simethicone is a medication that helps relieve gas and bloating, which can sometimes be associated with constipation. It works by breaking down gas bubbles in the digestive tract.

Dimenhydrinate and Meclizine:

Antiemetic Medications such as Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or Meclizine (Bonine, Emetrol) can be effective for nausea and vomiting associated with various causes. Always follow the label instructions.

Tums, Rolaids:

Antiacids can help relieve nausea, particularly if it’s related to indigestion or heartburn.

Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol):

This can help with nausea, especially when it’s associated with an upset stomach.


Natural Remedies:


It’s essential to stay hydrated by drinking clear fluids such as water, oral rehydration solutions (ORS), or clear broths. Avoid caffeinated and sugary beverages.

Food & drinks to avoid:

Steer clear of sugary foods and beverages, as well as added sugar alcohols such as erythritol, which can sometimes trigger digestive discomfort and loose stools.

BRAT Diet:

Includes bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These bland, easily digestible foods can help firm up stools and provide relief.


Contain beneficial bacteria that may help restore balance to your gut flora. You can find probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or kefir, or supplementing OTC Probiotics.

Over-the-Counter RX:

Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol):

can help relieve diarrhea symptoms.

Loperamide (Imodium):

An OTC anti-diarrheal medication can help control diarrhea. Be sure to follow the dosing instructions.



Natural Remedies:


It is crucial for maintaining healthy bowel function. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent stools from becoming too hard and difficult to pass.


Engaging in regular physical activity can stimulate bowel movements and improve overall gastrointestinal health.

Dietary Fiber:

Significantly increase your dietary fiber intake by consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, and daily fiber Supplemets (Link).

Psyllium Husk:

This is a natural source of soluble fiber and can be taken as a supplement or mixed with water to soften stools and promote regularity. OTC Options like Metamucil (Link) contain psyllium husk.

Prune Juice:

Effective remedy for constipation in both children and adults For adults, drink 4 to 12 ounces of prune juice each morning to stimulate a bowel movement.


Contain beneficial bacteria that may help restore balance to your gut flora. You can find probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or kefir, or supplementing OTC Probiotics (Link).


Consuming coffee can increase the urge to go to the bathroom by stimulating the muscles in the digestive system.

Over-the-Counter RX:


Docusate Sodium:

Stool softeners like docusate sodium (e.g., Colace) can help soften dry and hard stools, making them easier to pass.


Bulk-forming laxatives like methylcellulose (Citrucel) can add bulk to stool and facilitate regular bowel movements.

Magnesium Hydroxide:

Milk of Magnesia is an OTC laxative that works by drawing water into the intestines and softening stool, helping to relieve constipation.


Osmotic laxatives like polyethylene glycol (Miralax) can draw water into the intestines, softening stools and promoting bowel movements.


Is a natural herbal laxative that stimulates the muscles in the intestines, promoting bowel movements. Senna is available in capsules, tablets, and teas. 

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