Rosie O’Donnell has shared an update on her weight loss journey months after she was prescribed diabetes medication that helped her shed the pounds.
In mid-January, the 60-year-old comedian revealed in a TikTok post that she’d lost 10 pounds since Christmas, then released a series of follow-up videos to explain how she’d achieved the weight loss and how the meds had made her feel .
The former co-host of The view told her followers at the time that she was taking Tirzepatide. The injectable prescription drug is used to treat type 2 diabetes.
This week, the comedian posted a video on TikTok in which she opened up about their decades-long friendship with her A league of its own co-star Madonna.
In the comments, some fans praised O’Donnell’s performance, writing, “Rosie you look amazing! Need a weight loss update!”
O’Donnell replied that she “was down 15 [pounds]– slowly and steadily.”
“Hey Rosie, your face looks thinner, what’s your weight loss so far?” asked another, prompting O’Donnell to reply that it was “the same – 15 since December 16”.
When O’Donnell released another video of her discussing dinner parties with Madonna, a fan asked what dose of diabetes medication she was taking.
“Random: My insurance covers Ozempic! I’ll pick it up today,” they wrote. “Thank you for sharing your journey! How are you doing on Mounjaro/Ozempic? Do you have any side effects?”
O’Donnell said it was “none, but [I’m] still at the lowest dose 2.5 [mg].”
Last month, O’Donnell revealed on TikTok that her weight-loss journey was stalled, prompting her to consider her options.
“I lost a little weight on this Mounjaro thing and, you know, I’m kind of on a plateau about how much I’ve lost and they say you need to up a dose then,” she said in a video clip. “I’m still on May 2nd [mg]although it’s been December 16th.
“A lot of people have jumped up the ladder,” she continued, “but I’m concerned about the side effects … I just got a new month’s supply — four shots for a month — and I’m going to ask the doctor if I can follow up.” should go upstairs if I stop losing.”
While her weight loss may have stalled, TV personality O’Donnell said the drug appeared to have had a positive impact on her health.
“[My doctor] says to me, “I don’t care if you lose more. It’s about your numbers for your A1C’ and your something else. But they’re going down and that’s a good sign. So I don’t want to lose it too soon anyway because it freaks me out,” she said.
When a follower asked O’Donnell in January how she lost the weight, she explained: “Two months ago my doctor – not Ozempic – prescribed me Mounjaro… and Repatha. I do one every two weeks and one once a week.”
Repatha is the trade name for evolocumab, a monoclonal antibody drug developed to treat hyperlipidemia (an excess of fats in the blood).
Explaining other steps she was taking to support her weight loss, O’Donnell said, “I’ve really stopped drinking five or six Diet Cokes a day. All I drink now is water, and I don’t eat as much sugar as I can. And my appetite has decreased significantly – it’s probably due to the medication – and I’m trying to get more exercise.”
In another video, O’Donnell told her followers that “you have to have diabetes to get a prescription. I have heard that. I don’t know it. People throw Ozempic parties here in LA where they all do Ozempic. But I also have diabetes, and that’s why I’m doing it.”
Diabetes drug Ozempic has become a ubiquitous part of public debate in recent months, not least because it’s been touted on social media as some sort of weight-loss miracle drug. It’s also become a talking point among celebrities and influencers.
O’Donnell underwent vertical stomach surgery in 2013 on the advice of doctors after suffering a heart attack in 2012. Her weight dropped from a peak of 240 to 176 pounds after the surgery People.
“Believe it or not, this surgery changed my life,” she said People in 2015. “It doesn’t reroute your bowels. You have no problem going to the bathroom in public. But your relationship with food is ending.”
“I don’t feel the same pull for [candy]”, added her. “They told me what part of the stomach they were removing [has] Hunger hormones in it, called ghreline. And that changes the way you think and feel about food. I feel so much freer now when it comes to having to move and play with my kids.”
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