Tirzepatide is a new option in terms of weight loss injections, commonly prescribed under the branded name Mounjaro. Similar to Semaglutide, which works with one hormone receptor, Tirzepatide works with two different hormone receptors in your brain to control hunger and make you feel full longer and faster. This can result in even more powerful weight loss results, again, without having to radically modify diet and lifestyle. Tirzepatide is a non-stimulant, reduces cravings, makes you feel fuller for longer, and regulates blood sugar levels.
What is Tirzepatide?
Tirzepatide works as GLP-1 medication, which is a glucagon-like peptide-1, but instead of stimulating only one hormone receptor, like Semaglutide, it uses two hormone receptors. These hormones are significant in playing a role in your appetite and digestion. These hormones are sent out by your body after you’ve eaten a meal to help lower your blood sugar by triggering insulin and blocking other sources of sugar. This results in PROFOUND weight loss results. Tirzepatide has been approved by the FDA, by the branded name Mounjaro, to treat type-2 diabetes. It is on the fast track to become FDA approved for weight loss but for now, can be prescribed “off label”. This approval process is similar to that of the branded name Wegovy, or as we use and prescribe the ingredient Semigluide, which has been proven to be a “game changer” for weight loss results in the last few years.
What does it do?
The weekly Tirzepatide injection slows down the rate at which your stomach sends food to your large intestine. This results in slower digestion (which improves blood sugar) and a longer feeling of fullness. It also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, removing sugar from the bloodstream. Patients on Tirzepatide have reported reduced appetite by feeling full often or getting full much faster. They also notice reduced cravings and an unappealing desire for certain foods, all of which contribute to weight loss. Patients also report that over-eating while on Tirzepatide results in unpleasant side effects, which discourages poor eating habits. Tirzepatide is prescribed in combination with education from our medical providers on how to eat to lose weight, customized for each individual patient. This customization and education focuses on habit forming changes, which creates sustainability and patients are able to keep the weight off.
How is Tirzepatide Administered?
You will give yourself the injection once a week, on the same day each week. It can be given at any time of day, and you can take it with or without food. Tirzepatide is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) in your abdomen or thigh. Since Tirzepatide slows down how quickly food leaves your stomach, you may experience side effects like nausea and vomiting. The goal is to have limited unfavorable side effects and feel the benefits of the medication, including decreased appetite, cravings, portion sizes. We will do this by adjusting your dosing every month to achieve that goal.
While no medication is without risks and side effects, Tirzepatide is relatively safe for most people. Tirzepatide can be can be used in people with most heart, kidney, liver, and endocrine conditions.
Watch Angie Schaefer on TMJ4’s: The Morning Blend, talk about these new “game changing” injections.