Doctors Forced to Physically Remove Poop From Jennifer Fessler’s Colon After Ozempic Abuse!
Jennifer Fessler remains undeterred by side effects and continues to use injections for weight loss.
In the debut episode of the “Two Jersey Js” podcast with her Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star, Jackie Goldschneider, the 53-year-old disclosed her hospitalization for an impacted bowel, a consequence of using semaglutide, commercially recognized as its brand name.
Semaglutide, marketed under the brand names Ozempic and Wegovy, is an FDA-approved drug primarily for type 2 diabetes or chronic obesity. It functions by affecting satiety in the brain. Recently, it has gained popularity in Hollywood as an off-label choice for weight loss.
“I have been on, and I’m not going to call it Ozempic — that’s been the umbrella name. But I’ve been on semaglutide for over a year now, and I’ve lost maybe 22 pounds,” Fessler said during the podcast.
Goldschneider, known for her opposition to using Ozempic for weight loss, labeled it as a “very dangerous trend.” However, she expressed respect for her friend’s choice to continue with the weekly injections and inquired if Fessler felt apprehensive about using it.
“I’m a raging hypochondriac, but when it comes to things having to do with my physical appearance, somehow that goes out the window,” Fessler said. “For instance, I’m not afraid at all of going into surgery for anything cosmetic.”
She continued, “I’m not afraid of Ozempic and I will tell you I have had an experience that was not good — and I’m pretty positive it was about the semaglutide — where I had to go to the hospital for an impacted bowel… and I’m still not nervous about it.”
Fessler shared that a few months back, she suffered from constipation, a known side effect of Ozempic. Despite the worsening condition, she did not take any immediate action to address it.
“I was drinking no water, eating no vegetables. Cause something that happens, a new experience for me, is being able to eat what I want even when it’s not the most healthy choices and still lose weight,” she explained. “So maybe for the first time in my life, I’m losing weight on pizza and bagels and ice cream.
“Having said that, I noticed there was constipation, I didn’t do anything about it. I wasn’t taking Miralax, that you take every morning, or any kind of stool softener,” she said. “I hadn’t gone in a week, then it was a week and a half.”
Fessler acknowledges that she was aware of the drug’s side effects but she’s also “to blame for ignoring them and allowing them to escalate to the point where I became impacted.”
“A lot of this you have to be proactive about,” she added. “Am I worried about it? No. Am I aware of it and a little disappointed in myself for not addressing it sooner? Sure.”
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Research is ongoing into the digestive effects of Ozempic and similar drugs. In June, these medications were associated with severe gastroparesis, also known as stomach paralysis, a condition described by the Mayo Clinic as preventing proper stomach emptying.
In September, the FDA warned that Ozempic could cause ileus, a potentially fatal bowel obstruction where parts or all of the intestines are blocked, possibly leading to organ tissue death due to restricted blood flow.
A representative for Novo Nordisk, the maker of Ozempic, stated to PEOPLE, “Ozempic’s safety and effectiveness have been tested in clinical trials with more than patients. Gastrointestinal side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation were most common. The FDA-approved label reflects the known risks of using Ozempic.”
The company emphasized its confidence in Ozempic’s safety and effectiveness when used as prescribed.