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Mounjaro

Mounjaro (Tirzepatide) - the new GLP-1 weight loss medication launching in the UK.

A medicated weight loss plan proven to help you lose weight.

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How does Mounjaro work?

Dr Ruchira Karunadasa

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Dr Ruchira Karunadasa

MB BS - GP

Mounjaro is a medication that can be used to treat uncontrolled diabetes in adults alongside a diet and exercise plan. Clinical trials have revealed that individuals administered tirzepatide, the active component in Mounjaro, also reported a decreased appetite, leading to substantial weight loss during the course of their treatment.

Decrease food intake

Enhances insulin secretion

Improves insulin sensitivity

Additional actions include delayed gastric emptying* and reduced glucagon levels

*This effect diminishes over time.

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What is the science behind Mounjaro?

Mounjaro employs a multifaceted approach to enhance weight management. It facilitates the release of insulin in response to elevated blood sugar levels, aids in the removal of excess sugar from the bloodstream, curtails the liver's production and release of excessive sugar, reduces overall food intake, and moderates the speed at which food exits the stomach. Notably, the latter effect gradually diminishes over time.

Mounjaro Weight Loss results.

In recent studies, individuals taking Mounjaro experienced significant weight loss, with an average of 17 lbs on the 5-mg dose, 21 lbs on the 10-mg dose, and 25 lbs on the 15-mg dose. In comparison, those on the Ozempic 1-mg dose achieved an average weight loss of 13 lbs.

How much does Mounjaro cost?

Mounjaro has only recently been approved in the UK and it's unclear when it will become widely available.

Is Mounjaro suitable for me?

When you join PrivateDoc we will assess your individual circumstances to see if we think Mounjaro will help with your weight management.

Mounjaro (pronounced mown-JAHR-OH) is an injectable medication designed for adults with type 2 diabetes. It is used in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular exercise to enhance blood sugar (glucose) management. PrivateDoc will evaluate your medical history, current health status, and other factors such as medications you may be taking, to determine if Mounjaro is suitable for you.

How do I use Mounjaro?

Take Mounjaro once a week, selecting a day that suits your schedule. Administer Mounjaro at any time on your chosen day. However, if you wish to change your dosing day, ensure a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) between doses. If a dose is missed, take it within 4 days (96 hours) after the missed dose. If more than 4 days have elapsed, skip the missed dose and resume on your regular day. Avoid taking two doses within 3 days of each other. Consider setting a reminder on your phone for your Mounjaro day, and if you change the day, update your reminder accordingly. Mounjaro comes in a convenient single-dose pen, eliminating the need for mixing, and there is no requirement to handle the needle directly.

How do I administer my Mounjaro injection?

Administer Mounjaro by subcutaneous injection, either in your stomach (abdomen), thigh, or upper arm, once a week at any time of the day. Never mix insulin and Mounjaro in the same injection. While you can inject Mounjaro and insulin in the same body area (e.g., stomach), ensure they are not right next to each other. Rotate your injection site weekly, avoiding the repeated use of the same site. In case of an overdose, promptly contact your healthcare provider or seek medical advice.

Injection sites

What are the possible side effects of taking Mounjaro?

Like all medications, Mounjaro can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Common side effects, including:

Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)

If you encounter severe and persistent pain in your abdominal area while using Mounjaro, discontinue its use immediately and promptly contact your healthcare provider. This is especially important if the pain does not subside and is accompanied by vomiting, or if you feel the pain extending from your abdomen to your back. Seek immediate medical attention in these circumstances.

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

The risk of experiencing low blood sugar is elevated when using Mounjaro in conjunction with other medications that can induce low blood sugar, like a sulfonylurea or insulin. Be vigilant for signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, including dizziness or light-headedness, sweating, confusion or drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability, mood changes, hunger, weakness, and a jittery feeling. If you notice any of these symptoms, take prompt action and consult with your healthcare provider.

Serious allergic reactions

If you experience any symptoms indicative of a serious allergic reaction, cease using Mounjaro immediately and seek urgent medical assistance. These symptoms may include swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulties in breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching, fainting or dizziness, and a very rapid heartbeat. Quick and appropriate medical attention is essential in such cases.

Kidney problems (kidney failure)

For individuals with existing kidney problems, the occurrence of diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may lead to a loss of fluids, potentially exacerbating kidney issues. It is crucial to counteract this risk by ensuring adequate fluid intake. Drinking fluids can help mitigate the chances of dehydration, thereby supporting kidney health. If you have concerns or experience persistent symptoms, consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

Severe stomach problems

Some individuals using Mounjaro have reported stomach problems, occasionally severe. If you experience severe or persistent stomach issues that do not improve, it is important to inform your healthcare provider promptly. They can provide guidance, assess your symptoms, and determine the appropriate course of action based on your individual health circumstances. Open communication with your healthcare provider is crucial for effective management and adjustment of your treatment plan, if necessary.

Changes in vision

Notify your healthcare provider of any changes in vision while using Mounjaro.

Gallbladder problems.

If you experience symptoms of gallbladder problems, such as upper abdominal pain, fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), or clay-colored stools, while using Mounjaro, inform your healthcare provider promptly.

Common side effects

The most frequent side effects of Mounjaro comprise nausea, diarrhea, decreased appetite, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, and abdominal pain. It's important to note that these are not exhaustive, and there may be other potential side effects. If you experience any side effects that are bothersome or persistent, discuss them with your healthcare provider for guidance.

The information we provide to our patients is based on the information provided by the manufacturer of the medication. This information is based on the latest and best, current evidence.

How do I store Mounjaro?

Store Mounjaro in the refrigerator, maintaining a temperature between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Keep the pens in their original packaging to shield them from light, and refrain from freezing them. Due to the presence of glass parts, handle the pen with care. If the pen is dropped on a hard surface, do not use it; instead, use a new pen for your injection. Be aware that refrigerators may have varying temperatures, so always check your pen to ensure it is not frozen before use, as freezing may compromise its effectiveness.

What if im going on a holiday?

Mounjaro remains viable unrefrigerated for a duration of up to 21 days, provided the temperature does not exceed 86°F (30°C). To safeguard the pen from light exposure, keep it in its original carton.

Keep the container out of the reach of children. Do not recycle your sharps container, follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container.

How do I dispose of your my Mounjaro pens

Dispose of your Mounjaro pens safely by placing them in an approved sharps disposal container immediately after use. Avoid discarding pens in household trash. If you lack an approved sharps container, use a sturdy household container made of heavy-duty plastic with a puncture-resistant lid. Ensure it is upright, stable, leak-resistant, and appropriately labeled to indicate hazardous waste.

Keep the container out of children's reach, and refrain from recycling the sharps container. Instead, adhere to community guidelines for the proper disposal of sharps containers.

What are the dose options for Mounjaro

Mounjaro offers various dose options to cater to individual needs, allowing you and your doctor to determine the most suitable dosage. If your doctor has prescribed once-weekly Mounjaro, the initial dose will be 2.5 mg. After 4 weeks, the dosage will be adjusted to 5 mg. It's crucial to adhere to the once-weekly schedule. For any queries regarding your Mounjaro prescription, consult with your doctor for personalized guidance.

Injection sites

What diet should I follow on Mounjaro?

Whilst on any of our prescription weight loss treatments we recommend following a calorie controlled diet to support your goals. As this can be a confusing area with lots of mixed messaging, we partnered with leading nutritionist Glen Matten to bring to you our very own PrivateDoc diet guide. You can find out more here: PrivateDoc Diet Guide

diet-guide

Where to buy Mounjaro online?

While many online retailers claim to supply genuine medicines, they may be unregulated, provided without a genuine doctor consultation and potentially very dangerous. You can rest assured, PrivateDoc is a fully registered digital health service. We have UK registered doctors that review and assess every consultation. All the medicines we supply are 100% genuine and fully regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Mounjaro vs Wegovy, Mysimba & Saxenda

Mounjaro employs a multifaceted approach to enhance weight management. It facilitates the release of insulin in response to elevated blood sugar levels, aids in the removal of excess sugar from the bloodstream, curtails the liver's production and release of excessive sugar, reduces overall food intake, and moderates the speed at which food exits the stomach. Notably, the latter effect gradually diminishes over time. Read more on the differences of medications here

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FAQs

Discover the answer to some common questions around weight loss treatment.

  • Are weight loss pens suitable for me?

    Weight loss pens can only be used as a weight-loss treatment if you have previously tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.

    You can expect to lose a minimum of 5% of your initial body weight after completing 12 weeks of treatment. If you have not lost 5% of your initial body weight after 12 weeks, then treatment should be discontinued at this stage.

  • How do I administer weight loss injections

    Weight loss injections are self-administered subcutaneous injections that you inject under your skin. The best sites for injecting are the front of your waist (abdomen), the front of your thigh or the upper arm. You must take extra care not to inject into a vein or muscle.

    If you accidentally use more than you should, you must talk to a doctor or go to a hospital straight away. You may experience nausea or vomiting and may require medical treatment.

    If you forget a dose, you can inject it as soon as you remember, as long as it is within 12 hours from when you usually take your dose. However, if more than 12 hours have passed since you should have used it, miss the dose and inject your next dose the following day at the usual time. Never use a double dose or increase the dose on the following day to make up for the missed dose. If there has been more than 72 hours (three days) between doses, you should return to the 0.6mg starting dose and work through the doses as you did when you first started treatment.

  • What are the possible side effects of taking weight loss injections

    As with all medication, weight loss pens can be associated with unwanted side effects. Although usually mild, some can be more severe, which may result in your treatment being stopped. You should always read the patient information leaflet fully before you begin treatment.

    When you first start your treatment, you may experience some stomach upset, such as vomiting or diarrhoea, and may also lose some bodily fluids. Therefore, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Most mild side effects will settle once your body gets used to the new medication. However, if any side effect persists, stop the treatment and talk to a doctor.

    Sometimes side effects can be very serious, such as severe allergic reactions. If you get any symptoms, such as problems breathing, swelling of your face or throat, or a fast heartbeat, you must get medical help immediately.

    Rarely there have been cases reported of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Pancreatitis is a serious, potentially life-threatening, medical condition. If you experience any of the following side effects stop taking it immediately and get medical help: severe and persistent pain in the abdomen (stomach area) which might reach through to your back with nausea or vomiting.

    Side effects can include, but are not limited to:

    Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 user in 10 users)

    • Nausea vomiting (settles after your body adjusts to treatment)
    • Diarrhoea or constipation (settles after your body adjusts to treatment)

    Common side effects (may affect up to 1 to 10 users)

    • Low blood sugar. The warning signs of low blood sugar may come on suddenly and can include: cold sweat, cool pale skin, headache, fast heartbeat, feeling sick, feeling very hungry, changes in vision, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, being nervous, being anxious, confusion, difficulty concentrating and shaking (tremor). Your doctor will tell you how to treat low blood sugar and what to do if you notice these warning signs
    • Problems affecting the stomach and intestines, such as indigestion (dyspepsia), inflammation in the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach discomfort, upper stomach pain, heartburn, feeling bloated, wind (flatulence), belching and dry mouth
    • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia). This usually occurs in the first 3 months of treatment
    • Local reactions around the injection site, such as bruising, pain, irritation, itching and rash
    • Feeling weak or tired
    • Changed sense of taste
    • Dizziness
    • Gallstones
    • Increase of pancreatic enzymes, such as lipase amylase

    Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

    • Dehydration – more likely to occur at the start of treatment and may be due to being sick, having diarrhoea or nausea making you drink & eat less
    • Thyroid reactions such as goitres or nodules
    • Pancreatitis
    • Allergic reactions such as skin rash
    • Generally feeling unwell
    • Faster pulse rate
    • Delay in the emptying of the stomach
    • Inflamed gall bladder

    Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

    • Reduced kidney function
    • Acute kidney failure. Signs may include reduction in urine volume, metallic taste in mouth & easily bruising

    The information we provide to our patients is based on the information provided by the manufacturer of the medication. This information is based on the latest and best, current evidence.

  • What diet should I follow while using weight loss injections

    Whilst on any of our prescription weight loss treatments we recommend following a calorie controlled diet to support your goals. As this can be a confusing area with lots of mixed messaging, we partnered with leading nutritionist Glen Matten to bring to you our very own PrivateDoc diet guide.