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Semaglutide mimics a hormone found in your body called GLP-1. This peptide therapy stimulates insulin production, sends signals to your brain telling you that you are full, and slows gastric emptying.
It will be different for each patient. You can safely expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. For some, weight loss will be faster and some will be slower. Other factors such as diet and exercise will also affect weight.
Semaglutide was intended to be a maintenance medication for weight loss. We have broken the program down into 6 week increments for affordability for our clients. Most clients should expect to be on this medication for at least 3 months. This again will vary depending on side effects, weight loss goals, rate of weight loss, and financial resources.
There are many insurance companies and plans. As a general rule of thumb, we encourage patients with type 2 diabetes and a BMI greater than 30 with a health-related comorbidity (type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and hypertension) to explore insurance reimbursement for this medication. We encourage you to do your own research.
MAC does not take insurance. We do offer financing through Cherry for our clients. Unlike getting this medication through insurance, our program offers added benefits such as customized titration schedule and additional resources like accountability and weight loss support. We are also not subject to the same medication shortages that are common with this medication.
Due to the long half life of this medication (6.8 days), semaglutide is intended to be injected once every 7 days. Due to side effects, medication should only be taken every 7 days according to the titration schedule provided.
The primary differences between these two treatments is that they target two slightly different areas of the brain. Tirzepatide targets the GLP-1 and the GLP receptor agonist. The ability to target both receptors makes Tirzepatide the only medication in its class. It’s considered the heavier hitter of the two medications.
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