If you’ve ever tried to lose a significant amount of weight, you know it’s never quite as simple as the antiquated “calories in, calories out” advice. In reality, your energy level, appetite, stressors, hormones, metabolism, and other factors influence how easy or difficult it is to lose excess body fat. When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough, tirzepatide injections overseen by a medical professional could help you achieve a healthy weight.

What Is Tirzepatide?

Sold under the brand names Mounjaro® and Zepound®, tirzepatide is a prescription medication for type 2 diabetes that is also FDA approved for long-term weight management. Available in injectable form, this drug works by mimicking two hormones: glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), which the body naturally produces to regulate hunger and blood sugar levels.

Tirzepatide helps your body produce more insulin when your blood sugar levels are too high. It also works in the GI tract by slowing gastric motility, which means food stays in your stomach longer and prolongs the feeling of fullness. For that reason, it can be a great weight loss aid.

Can I Take Tirzepatide if I Am Not Diabetic?

Tirzepatide was developed as an antidiabetic medication, but you don’t need to have type 2 diabetes to experience the benefits. A randomized control trial from 2022 found tirzepatide was an effective weight loss drug for overweight and obese non-diabetic adults. It may also lower your risk of obesity-related conditions like heart attack and stroke.

How Do I Use Tirzepatide for Weight Loss?

Tirzepatide is only administered subcutaneously. The dose will vary depending on the individual. Typically, adults taking tirzepatide for chronic weight management inject 15 mg once weekly. However, adjustments can be made as needed under medical guidance as the starting dose is much lower.

What Should I Do if I Forget a Dose of Tirzepatide?

While the following recommendations may be helpful, you should ask your provider for specific instructions. If you miss a tirzepatide injection, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, you should skip the dose if it’s been more than five days since you missed the injection. You shouldn’t double your injections to make up for a missed one.

What Side Effects Can This Medication Cause?

Tirzepatide is a safe and effective medication for many people struggling with weight loss or type 2 diabetes management. However, potential side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, heartburn, constipation, or burping.

In rare cases, tirzepatide can cause serious side effects, some of which may require medical attention. That said, adverse reactions are usually limited to mild gastrointestinal upset.

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If you’re interested in tirzepatide to help with weight loss, contact our office. Our provider can determine if it’s a good match for you.

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