Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Weight Loss Injections
Weight loss seems to be on everyone’s minds constantly, and if there’s a way to make it a bit easier, most of us are game for it. But unfortunately, approximately 70% of American adults are overweight or clinically obese. A healthy diet and regular exercise are vital to maintaining a stable and healthy weight, but often that becomes hard to keep up.
Doctors have been looking for and trying to develop a magic bullet weight loss treatment for years, yet nothing existed.
However, that is changing with recently FDA-approved medications known as semaglutide and tirzepatide, which is catching on quickly. It’s purportedly the secret to how celebrities shrink sizes in mere months. The game-changing anti-obesity and weight loss-causing injections make it easier to lose weight without spending hours at the gym or undergoing weight-loss surgical procedures.
It’s even speculated that Hollywood celebrities like Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Elon Musk have used the drug for their recent dramatic weight losses. That alone has sparked a tremendous surge in demand and has caused a shortage of these medications, making it difficult to access the drug. But lucky for you, we have it in stock and readily available so that you can start your weightloss journey today.
What is semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a FDA-approved injection given once per week to help with weight management in overweight and obese adults with at least one weight-related condition like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.
Unlike other weight loss tricks and gimmicks, semaglutide is the first-of-its-kind medication that contains glucagon-like peptide-1. Initially, the medication was approved under the brand name, Ozempic, to control blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. Now, it has another use: weight loss.
While many people are excited about this new weight-loss-approved medication, semaglutide is best suited for those with a BMI of at least 30. The treatment works best when used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise. In clinical trials, the results showed patients lost, on average, 15 percent of their body weight. Simply put, you can lose up to 20 pounds per month. Of course, the results are enhanced with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and healthy lifestyle habits.
Semaglutide vs. tirzepatide?
Like semaglutide, tirzepatide is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, although it is often used off-label for obesity treatment.
Tirzepatide works as a dual GLP-1 agonist and GIP agonist to offer benefits like GLP-1 medications such as semaglutide. It is given as a once-a-week injectable. Tirzepatide is marketed under the brand name Mounjaro.
Both semaglutide and tirzepatide work to reduce food intake and increase insulin sensitivity. However, tirzepatide is a dual agonist that targets both the GLP-1 and glucagon receptors, while semaglutide is a single GLP-1 receptor agonist. Some people believe that tirzepatide’s dual-action may make it more effective in weight loss.
How does semaglutide work?
When injected under the skin, semaglutide plus B12 works to control your appetite and aid in digestion by releasing a particular hormone, GLP-1. GLP-1 is an incretin hormone that the body releases every time after eating a meal.
The role of incretin hormones is to help lower blood sugar levels and trigger the release of insulin to block sugar production. It also affects how fast the body can empty food from the stomach, known as gastric emptying, by slowing it down. By creating a feeling of fullness, your appetite is lowered and helps you to lose weight.
Semaglutide provides the body with more-than-normal amounts of GLP-1, of course in a synthetic form, so the body feels fuller faster. By creating a feeling of fullness that sets in earlier than average, there will be less desire to continue to eat or snack. Nonetheless, it also sends signals to the brain telling the body it is full and to stop eating food.
Semaglutide was originally used to treat type 2 diabetes, where blood sugar levels tend to be high yet need to be lowered. But you don’t have to have diabetes for semaglutide to be successful. And you don’t have to follow a strict or restrictive diet, although eating clean is best.
The medication is administered via a weekly single-use injection pen that is pre-dosed and pre-set. You can get your injections, which are usually done in the thigh, upper arm, or abdomen, on the same day and time weekly so that it’s easy to stick to a routine. And you can take the injections with or without food.
There can be some initial nausea with the treatment since semaglutide slows down the rate at which food leaves the stomach. But once you get accustomed to the medication, your dose will slowly increase every month, making the side effects less frequent and more manageable. Most patients start with a .25 mg dose for the first month, and incrementally increase. By the fourth month, or after that, the dose will likely be around 2.4mg, if tolerable.
Maintenance programs are available to maintain weight loss results, and if you have the mindset to keep the weight off, it’s much easier to keep it off.
Semaglutide vs. other weight-loss medications
Despite the buzz surrounding semaglutide, it’s essential to understand how it compares to other weight loss methods and medications that have been around for quite some time.
Most other weight-loss medications provide a five to 10 percent weight-loss effect; with semaglutide, that result can be upwards of 20 percent.
Another distinguishing factor that sets semaglutide apart from other medications is that it is an injection rather than an oral medication. A weekly shot is much easier to perform than remembering to take a pill daily. While semaglutide is a bit pricier than oral options, they also don’t result in as much weight loss as semaglutide.
Both semaglutide, tirzepatide and other medications are available by prescription, so you’ll need to go through an assessment and consultation before getting on the medication. Once you start the treatment and reach the full dosage, losing one to three pounds per week is expected. However, the initial results are not immediate and can take six to eight weeks before you start losing weight.
Who is semaglutide for?
Semaglutide isn’t appropriate for everyone, but there are many people that this new medication will benefit.
For the medication to be successful, patients should be overweight. Semaglutide is effective in patients who have type 2 diabetes as well as those with true clinically-diagnosed obesity. Obesity is defined as anyone whose health is at risk due to their weight and anyone with a BMI over 30.
Those who are considered appropriate candidates for semaglutide may be able to lose 15 percent of their overall body weight.
Semaglutide is not a suitable treatment for:
- Medullary Thyroid cancer
- Multiple endocrine neoplasias
- People with type 1 diabetes
- People with type 2 diabetes already taking a GLP-1 medication
- Kidney disease
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
How much does semaglutide cost?
To best determine the cost of a semaglutide or tirzepatide treatment protocol, we recommend a consultation.
Our providers can discuss the treatment details with you, the areas you wish to target, and the number of injections necessary.
We tailor the treatment to your needs, and the cost may vary. Our team can also create a custom package exclusive to your needs. A consultation with our staff will provide a more accurate treatment cost.
What are the benefits of semaglutide?
The most apparent benefit of semaglutide and tirzepatide injections is weight loss, but there are other benefits to the treatment, like:
- Long-lasting weight control and maintenance
- Slows down eating
- A feeling of fullness
- Suppressed appetite and food cravings
- Lower blood glucose levels
- Slows or stops the plaque formation in blood vessels
- Reduced risk of strokes and heart-related diseases and attacks
- Lowers blood pressure levels
Like many other weight loss treatments, there are potential gastrointestinal side effects. Some people also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea when increasing the dose.
Other temporary side effects may include:
- Stomach pain
- Gas pains
Unfortunately, yes, semaglutide can cause interactions with blood sugar-reducing medicines because the treatment lowers your blood sugar. Combining medications, like insulin, for example, with semaglutide can lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels. It may also cause interaction issues with other oral medications and affect how medications are absorbed.
It is recommended to practice at least light exercises like walking for 30 minutes per day to complement the effects of the medication.
If you miss a dose, get the injection as soon as possible (up to five days from the scheduled visit). Then, the next dose will be administered at the next scheduled appointment. Double and extra doses are not permitted.
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