Roxy Jacenko decided to try Ozempic in a bid to lose weight. Then she accidentally overdosed.

PR Queen Roxy Jacenko wants you to know this — Ozempic is no joking matter.

Six months ago, Jacenko said she was feeling self-conscious about her weight. After being on medication used to treat breast cancer, Jacenko noticed one of the primary side effects was weight gain.

More and more recently, we've been hearing stories about celebrities using the diabetes medication Ozempic to lose weight. 

After seeing many people around her speak of their experiences using the drug, Jacenko decided to try it for herself. But gaining access to it proved more difficult than anticipated.

Watch: Roxy Jacenko speaks on Mamamia's No Filter. Post continues below.

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"I thought, 'I am reading and hearing about Ozempic all the time. I am trying it'. I went to my doctor and I begged him and he said, 'Roxy go and look in the mirror'. He made me walk into his room and look at myself in the mirror and he said, 'I am not giving you a prescription, you don't need it'," Jacenko recounted to the Daily Telegraph this week.

So Jacenko decided to find another route. 

160 kilometres away from Sydney, she managed to find a chemist in Nowra on NSW's South Coast who had prescriptions available for the drug. 


"You would be blown away by the number of people who will give you scripts for that stuff," she said, adding that she paid someone $2500 to drive to the place and collect it for her.

Ultimately, Jacenko said she was desperate for a "quick fix" to help with her body image, describing herself in that moment as "a proper junkie".

She decided to take four doses of Ozempic in one hit. 12 hours later Jacenko realised something wasn't right — she had accidentally overdosed on the medication.

Her symptoms included uncontrollable vomiting, non-stop shaking and more.


She soon presented at her nearby hospital and explained the situation, doctors decided to admit her to a drug overdose clinic for a few days to monitor her organs for fear her vitals would shut down. 

"I thought I was actually going to die. I have had cancer, radiation therapy, all of that. It doesn't even compare to how bad I felt when I took this drug," she said to the publication.

Jacenko is not the only celebrity to go down the Ozempic route. 

Actor and comedian Amy Schumer opened up about taking the weight loss drug, admitting on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that she had to stop following adverse side effects.

"Like a year ago, I tried it. I was one of those people that felt so sick and couldn’t play with my son," she said. "I was so skinny and he’s throwing a ball at me and [I couldn't]."

Comedian Chelsea Handler has also been open about her experience with the drug as well. Speaking on the Call Me Daddy podcast, Handler was honest about unknowingly being prescribed Ozempic.

"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,'" she recalled. 

Despite being a seemingly effective weight loss tool, Ozempic is not meant for people who are not suffering from diabetes or at the very least, obesity. The drug should also only be taken in a low dose at the beginning and slowly increased over time. 

But that's not how Handler used it. 


"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 comedian explained.

"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 continued.

Listen to Roxy Jacenko on No Filter. Post continues after audio. 

"I've injected about four or five of my friends with Ozempic because I realized I didn't wanna use it 'cause it's silly. It's for heavy people. Everyone is on Ozempic. It's gonna backfire, something bad is gonna happen."

Jacenko explained that Ozempic has recently become the talk of the town among Sydney's elite as well. But the dangerous reality it can pose when taken incorrectly — as well as the reasons for taking it in the first place — are rarely considered. 

"Why am I speaking about this? Because if there is one thing about me, I own it. And if this is a lesson to anyone who is trying to get it, then great. It is not worth the ramifications. This is the dumbest thing you could do."

Feature Image: Instagram @roxyjacenko.

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