Weight Loss Shown in Newly-Approved Diabetes Medication
Each year, the FDA approves newer and better options for weight loss. The most recent approval to hit the market is Tirzepatide, which is sold under the brand name Mounjaro. Currently, this medication is only approved for the treatment of diabetes, but for those who can get it – can also show dramatic weight loss as a result.
FAQs about Mounjaro
Who are the suitable candidates for this medication? Anyone above age 18, diagnosed with diabetes, who is not pregnant can be approved for it (insurance may or may not cover costs).
How often is it administered? Mounjaro is a weekly injection
What is the dosing? 2.5 mg a week for the first four weeks. If tolerated well, patients can then increase the dose beyond the 4 weeks.
What are common side effects?
- Low blood glucose
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Injection site reactions
- Hypersensitivity reactions
How experienced are doctors in using this medicine? This is a newer medicine, so the experience is limited, but we take all precautions before starting and monitor patients regularly after we start the treatment.
Who is not eligible to use this medication? Any history of thyroid cancer or pancreatitis is contraindicated.
Any special precautions for Diabetics? It can lower blood sugar, mainly when used with insulin. So patients will need closely monitored. It can worsen retinal problems, so regular eye checkups are recommended.
Any special precautions for those with kidney disease? This medication can lead to worsening kidney function, so they need close monitoring.
How does it work? It acts by mimicking two proteins produced in our body, making the body control blood sugar better- GLP 1 and GIP agonist.
How much weight are patients losing? They are losing on average 15 to 20% of their starting weight!
Can it be used with Adipex and other weight loss medications? Yes, we can use them with Adipex or other weight loss medications but that is determined on an individual basis.
For more information on Mounjaro or Medical Weight Loss, contact our office at (317) 548-4666