What is tirzepatide?

Tirzepatide was approved by the FDA on November 28, 2023, to treat overweight and obesity and is the active ingredient in Zepbound™ and Mounjaro™. What’s unique about Tirzepatide is that it’s a dual glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptor agonist. Both receptors are found in areas of the human brain responsible for regulating your appetite, and adding GIP may enhance the efficacy of GLP-1, providing additional weight loss.

How does tirzepatide work?

Tirzepatide provides two complementary mechanisms to regulate appetite and blood sugar, increasing energy use and boosting weight loss. It slows down the rate at which food moves from your stomach through your digestive system, known as gastric emptying. It then sends signals telling your brain there’s food in your stomach, which reduces your appetite.

You think less about eating and don’t experience intense food cravings, which, as we all know, are hard to ignore. With tirzepatide, smaller quantities of food keep you satisfied longer, so you’re not hungry as often as you usually would be. This puts you in a calorie deficit as you are consuming fewer calories than you are burning. The result? Weight loss that’s easy. 

You should expect it to take four or more weeks for tirzepatide’s effects to kick in and see weight loss results.

How do I use tirzepatide?

Tirzepatide is a pain-free and straightforward weekly shot that is self-administered from the comfort of your home. Your Slimr team will show you how to inject yourself subcutaneously (under the skin) to ensure you are dispensing the medication correctly. Slimr provides easy, affordable, and accessible access to a clinically proven weight loss solution, along with guidance and support.

What’s better than that?

Tirzepetide is a scientifically proven way to boost your weight loss; however, it’s important to note that it’s only one part of your weight loss puzzle. A healthy diet with plenty of protein and lifestyle changes will increase your chances of losing weight and keeping it off when you stop using semaglutide. Slimr educates and motivates you, creating a stress-free and enjoyable path to losing weight with sustainable results.

What dose of tirzepatide will I be prescribed?

If approved by your provider, you will begin using tirzepatide with a starter dose for the first four weeks. This helps introduce a new substance into your body with minimum side effects. It’s important to remember that tirzepatide is not a one-size-fits-all medication. Slimr personalizes your dosage based on your current health status, health history, and other factors. Your dose will increase, and you will notice any side effects you’re experiencing will decrease. Once you reach your weight loss goal, your provider will prescribe a low-dose maintenance plan.

What are the side effects of tirzepatide?

Not everyone experiences side effects while on tirzepatide. Some may experience stomach discomfort, especially if they eat more than they should. When heartburn, bloating, and burping sets in, try eating fewer portions, and the symptoms will likely dissipate. Some may experience nausea and vomiting, which is a result of how tirzepatide impacts the digestive system. Since your food is moving slower through your gut, constipation may occur. As your body adjusts, your side effects may significantly lower or disappear. If you feel tirzepatide is not for you, semaglutide, another weight loss medication Slimr offers, might be a better option.

Who is a candidate for tirzepatide?

Not everyone is a candidate for tirzepatide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved tirzepatide for chronic weight loss management in “adults with obesity (body mass index of 30 kilograms per square meter (kg/ m2) or greater) or overweight (body mass index of 27 kg/m2 or greater) with at least one weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol) for use, in addition to a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.”

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