A mother from Australia who was taking Ozempic to slim down for her daughter’s wedding has died after taking the weight-loss drug.
Trish Webster, 56, lost 16kg in five months by using Ozempic and Saxenda; however, she did experience side effects, such as diarrhoea, constant nausea and vomiting.
In January, she collapsed to the floor and a ‘brown substance’ poured out of her mouth, according to her husband Roy.
The 56-year-old died at her house despite Roy’s best efforts to save her by performing CPR and rolling her onto the side to help her breathe.
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Doctors have detected a link between Ozempic and fatal intestine blockages, with Trish’s cause of death recorded as acute gastrointestinal illness.
Roy is now calling for an inquiry into Ozempic as he believes the weight-loss drug caused his wife to die.
He said: “She went back a couple of times to the doctor saying she was sick, and she had diarrhoea and nausea.
“[But she didn’t stop taking it because] my daughter was getting married, and she just kept mentioning that dress that she wanted to wear. She went to the dressmaker to get the measurements. It was one big nightmare from there.”
He added: “I never thought you could die from [Ozempic]. It’s just awful. I didn’t know that could happen to a person. She shouldn’t be gone, you know? It’s just not worth it, it’s not worth it at all.”
Trish had always tried to lose weight during her life, but she struggled to follow a diet and maintain a good exercise regime.
The 56-year-old was taking Ozempic for three months and then changed to Saxenda due to global shortages.
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The weight-loss jab has recently soared in popularity, with more than nine million prescriptions for the drug handed out in the US during the last three months of 2022.
People wanting to lose weight are now using the jab because it can suppress your appetite, meaning you feel less hungry.
Statistics from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show that it is rare for people to die whilst taking Ozempic, with only 51 fatalities currently reported.
According to the data, three people in Australia using Ozempic have died, while only one taking Saxenda has lost their life.
There is no clear research that concludes how these weight-loss drug may have been involved in their death.