Article by Jacquelyn Baker, APRN.
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide For Weight Loss
The rising prevalence of obesity has led to a surge in medically supervised weight loss programs that promise effective and safe solutions for those that want to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way. You may have already heard of a few – whether that’s from celebrity news or your own friends and family. Names like Ozempic and Wegovy, known medically as Semaglutide and Tirzepatide, often stick out – after all, they’ve recently garnered significant attention in the weight loss industry. Below, I’ll delve into the key differences between these medications, how they work, their effectiveness, potential side effects, and what you need to know before considering them for your weight loss journey. It’s your shot at a slimmer you!
What is Semaglutide and Tirzepatide?
Semaglutide, known as Wegovy at higher doses, and Ozempic at lower doses for diabetes treatment, has emerged as a breakthrough weight loss injection for those that are looking to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. Tirzepatide, marketed as Mounjaro, holds FDA approval for diabetes management. Both medications show promise in aiding weight loss when used under medical supervision, and are now being offered at clinics and medical spas across the country.
How do Weight Loss Injections Work?
The science behind them is this: Semaglutide is a GLP-1 receptor agonist, which means it mimics the action of the GLP-1 hormone in the body. This hormone enhances feelings of fullness and satiety and reduces appetite and food cravings in the human body. It also slows down gastric emptying, which leads to prolonged digestion and absorption of nutrients which furthers feelings of fullness and satiety. Further, these medications also help regulate blood sugar levels by promoting insulin release and inhibiting glucagon secretion, too. By harnessing the body’s natural hormonal pathways, you’ll be able to lose weight quickly and effectively with minimal undesired side effects.
How Do Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Programs Work?
To embark on the Semaglutide or Tirzepatide weight loss journey, you’ll begin with an in-person consultation with qualified professionals, during which you’ll need to provide a recent physical examination and undergo a lab blood test to make sure there will be no contraindications during the process. Once you’re approved, you will receive weekly injections of either semaglutide or Tirzepatide and also receive lifestyle and diet consultations, as well as periodic weigh-ins. The programs are administered by experienced professionals to ensure you have the best experience possible and that your weight loss is sustainable over time.
How effective is Tirzepatide and Semaglutide for weight loss?
Both Semaglutide and Tirzepatide injections have demonstrated considerable effectiveness in promoting weight loss. They work by regulating appetite and blood sugar levels, reducing food cravings, and increasing feelings of satiety. Individuals who undergo medical weight loss with the help of medications like Semaglutide and Tirzepatide often experience sustainable weight loss - meaning no more uncomfortable dieting or crash practices that create a yo-yo effect and leave you in the same place as before.
Tirzepatide vs Semaglutide Costs
The costs of Tirzepatide and Semaglutide may vary based on several factors, including the prescribed dosage, duration of the weight loss program, and individual health insurance coverage. Typically, however, you can expect to pay $160 to $350 a shot. It’s also important to remember that both medications are part of medically supervised weight loss programs, meaning you may have additional expenses for consultations, lab tests, and ongoing support throughout your journey.
Without insurance, a recommended dose of semaglutide costs between $160 to $250 per week.
Without insurance, a recommended dose of Tirzepatide costs between $250 to $350 per week.
Insurance will sometimes cover the cost of your semaglutide prescription or your tirzepatide cost if you meet certain eligibility criteria. Of course, a semaglutide prescription is up to the discretion of your healthcare professional or preferred medical weightloss clinic.
Eligibility typically depends on your body mass index (BMI). Semaglutide is intended for those with a BMI of 30 or greater, or a BMI of 27 or greater with one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure. While some patients may be prescribed semaglutide without the above criteria, the prescription will not be covered by insurance.
While the cost of Tirzepatide and Semaglutide injections can be a significant consideration for individuals considering these treatments, it's important to weigh the potential benefits against the expenses to determine the most suitable option for achieving weight loss goals. Consulting with a healthcare provider experienced in medical weight loss will provide valuable insights into the costs associated with each medication and help you make an informed decision based on your unique needs, budget, and desired outcomes.
Are there any side effects?
Both medications are generally well-tolerated, but individual responses may vary across patients. In the case of Semaglutide, some individuals may experience mild gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, or constipation. Tirzepatide generally has less gastrointestinal side effects. Of course, the incidence of side effects is dependent on the dosage and individual's tolerance to the medications. Before you start your medical weight loss journey, you should discuss potential side effects with their healthcare provider. They’ll be able to tell you more about what to expect and provide support along the way to make sure you have a comfortable experience.
Medically supervised weight loss programs that utilize Semaglutide and Tirzepatide injections have shown promising results in aiding weight loss and improving overall health. Under the guidance of experienced medical professionals, these programs offer a viable option for individuals seeking safe and effective weight loss solutions. However, as with any medical treatment, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best approach for achieving individual weight loss goals while considering any potential side effects or costs. Always remember that successful weight loss involves a holistic approach, incorporating lifestyle changes and ongoing support to achieve long-term results.
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Programs Available at Radiance Avon
Radiance Avon is proud to provide Medically-Supervised weight loss programs, providing our patients with both Semaglutide and Tirzepatide.
Our programs start at $160 a week for Semaglutide and $250 a week for Tirzepatide.
Radiance Medspa’s program was developed by Jacqueline Baker who has had 6 years of experience providing medical supervision with a national medical weight loss clinic. Jacqueline received her APRN from Yale University and divides her time between Radiance Medspa where she is an Aesthetic APRN as well as Community Health Center where she provides primary care for the underserved population.