Ozempic, a Bitter Pill to Swallow. Knowledgeable folks and users of Ozempic will know right off the bat that Ozempic is a weekly injection and not a pill. So why the title, “Ozempic, a Bitter Pill to Swallow?” because there is no equivalent in modern parlance for the idiom that refers to a bitter injection.
But this is a play on words because a bitter pill to swallow is an expression from the 1600s that refers to something unpleasant or hurtful that is hard to accept. A bitter pill to swallow is the naked truth that people do not want to face but one that cannot be avoided.
Like a pill, it must be swallowed, these unpleasant facts must be taken in. And Ozempic is indeed a bitter pill to swallow, as will be explained later, this idiom is not meant to be taken literally and in fact, its use is both unpleasant and hurtful because of the profound side effects.