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Chelsea Handler Joins Ozempic Convo, Opens Up About Once Using The Medication

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By Afouda Bamidele on January 28, 2023 at 8:00 PM EST

Chelsea Handler is opening up about her experience with Ozempic!

Over a week after actress Jameela Jamil brought back the controversy surrounding celebrities using the type 2 diabetes drug as a weight loss treatment, Handler is sharing her own thoughts and experience.

The comedian recently divulged that she once interacted with the drug without knowing what it was, thanks to the prescription her doctor gave her. The use of Ozempic for rapid weight loss began after the drug went viral in a TikTok trend.

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Chelsea Handler Was Allegedly Unaware Of Taking Ozempic After Visiting A Doctor

Since then, the medication has become hard to find, making it impossible for those who really need it to get it. This shortage led Jamil to share her candid opinion in multiple social media rants, with Handler speaking up against the injectable.

Joining Alexandra "Alex" Cooper on the Spotify podcast "Call Her Daddy" on the January 25 episode, the 47-year-old recounted, "My anti-aging doctor just hands it out to anybody. I didn't even know I was on it. She said, 'If you ever want to drop five pounds, this is good.'"

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However, the doctor's words became questionable when Handler tried the drug and didn't like how it made her feel.

"I came back from a vacation and I injected myself with it. I went to lunch with a girlfriend a few days later, and she was like, 'I'm not really eating anything. I'm so nauseous, I'm on Ozempic.' And I was like, 'I'm kind of nauseous too.' But I had just come back from Spain and was jet-lagged," the "This Means War" actress further detailed.

Handler then added that her friend asked if she was certain about taking Ozempic before sharing that she was just "on semaglutide" — another brand-name drug made by Novo Nordisk, the makers of Ozempic, which treats people with clinical obesity.

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At one point on the podcast, the "Uganda Be Kidding Me" author admitted that once she learned how unnecessary it was for her to use Ozempic, she stopped and now transfers the leftover doses to her friends.

"I'm not on it anymore. That's too irresponsible. I'm an irresponsible drug user, but I'm not gonna take a diabetic drug. I tried it, and I'm not gonna do that. That's not for me. That's not right for me," she declared to Cooper.

The "Comedy Central Presents" special guest added that she had injected about "four or five" of her friends with the drug because "I realized I didn't wanna use it cause it's silly. It's for heavy people." After acknowledging that "everyone is on Ozempic," Handler proclaimed, "It's gonna backfire; something bad is gonna happen."

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Jamil Highlights Ozempic Scarcity & Society's Fall Through The Drug Hole

Jameela Jamil at the 47th American Music Awards - Los Angeles

Earlier this month, The Blast recorded that the Ozempic conversation began shortly after a New York Post article claimed that the reason for its view that certain bodies can be trendier than others lay in recent runway appearances and social media trends. 

The article, which went live last November, received backlash, with Jamil posting a clip that saw her telling her viewers, "We tried this before in the '90s, and millions of people developed eating disorders. I had one for like 20 years. We're not doing this again. We're not going back. Our bodies are not trends."

Although she mentioned Ozempic, it was not until this month that she went into detail about the problem the use of the drug poses for people. Jamil began:

"I have said what I have said about the potential harm of people using the diabetes medication for weight loss only. I fear for everyone in the next few years. Rich people are buying this stuff off prescription for upwards of 1000 dollars."

The presenter noted how the "mainstream craze in Hollywood" was causing a shortage of the drug for people with diabetes. "I'm deeply concerned but I can't change any of your minds because fat phobia has our generation in a chokehold," Jamil conclusively wrote.

The "The Good Place" star prevented people from contributing to the topic via the comment section by restricting it. She said she was tired of having the conversation with others because of the pointlessness. However, fans still liked the post over 60,000 times.

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