Mounjaro is a once-weekly Tirzepatide injection licensed for the treatment of Ttype 2 diabetes. It may be prescribed for 'off-label' for weight loss if assessed to be a suitable weight loss treatment option for you at London Slimming Clinic.
Mounjaro is not yet available in the UK and is expected to be launched towards the end of 2023. Please enter your email address below and we will notify you when Mounjaro is available to order.
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How Mounjaro works
What is Mounjaro (Tirzepatide)
Mounjaro is a once-weekly injection containingTirzepatide, which is expected to be launched towards the end of 2023. It is currently licensed for the treatment of type-2 diabetes and may be prescribed off-label for weight loss at London Sliming clinic.
Mounjaro is the brand name of the medication Tirzepatide. It mimics the action of one of your bodies naturally occurring incretin hormones – GLP-1 and GIP, which are released in your body after food intake. Bring a GLP-1 and GIP combination, it is the first of such type of medication in its class and works by regulating blood glucose levels.
In addition to controlling blood glucose levels, clinical trials of Mounjaro have shown a significant weight loss in patients, greater than any other GLP-1 currently licensed for weight loss. While Tirzepatide may be prescribed off label to help certain patients in their weight management, this will only be done as second line if the prescriber agrees that this would be the patient and other treatments are not suitable or have not been effective.
How Is Mounjaro Taken?
Mounjaro is a once-weekly injection. Each pack of Mounjaro contains 4 single use pens. Each pen contains one dose of Mounjaro either 2.5mg, 5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, 12.5mg, or 15mg.
You can use your pen at any time of the day, with or without meals. You should use it on the same day each week if you can.
In order to adjust to the medication, you will start by taking the lowest dose (2.5mg for 4 weeks then working your way up to 15mg. Therefore, if you tolerate each dose of treatment then the dosing schedule will be as follows:
- Weeks 1-4: 2.5mg weekly
- Weeks 5-8: 5.0mg weekly
- Weeks 9-12: 7.5mg weekly
- Weeks 13-16: 10.0mg weekly
- Weeks 17-20: 12.5mg weekly
- Weeks 21 onwards: 15.0mg weekly
How to inject Mounjaro?
Mounjaro is injected under the skin (subcutaneous injection) of your stomach area (abdomen) or upper leg (thigh). It is recommended that you use a different site of injection each week to reduce the chances of injection site infections.
You can follow these 4 steps to use your Mounjaro pen:
- Choose your injection site.
- Pull off the base cap.
- Place the base flat on your skin, then unlock.
- Press and hold the button for up to 10 seconds. Listen for the first click. It means the injection has started. The second click means that the injection is complete
You should also read the instructions for use included with your pen and can watch the video on how to use the Mounjaro pen by clicking here.
For more information, you can download and read the patient information leaflets (PIL) for each dose of Mounjaro here: Patient information leaflet
What are the side effects?
Like all medications, Mounjaro/Tirzepatidecan have side effects, although you may not experience them for yourself.
The most common side effects of this medication include:
Feeling sick (nausea)
Decrease in appetite
Being sick (vomiting)
Stomach (abdominal) pain
However, you will usually find that these side effects ease off as your treatment continues and your body gets used to your new medication.
A full list of side effects and more information can be found on the patient information leaflet. Do ensure that you have read all the information and are fully aware of the potential side effects by clicking here (patient information leaflet)
Who Can Use Mounjaro?
The weekly weight loss jab is suitable for those with a BMI above 30 (or 27 with a weight related co-morbidity). After you complete your online consultation you will be assessed by the prescriber who will take into account factors such as you BMI, your medical history, current medication etc.
Mounjaro will not be suitable and will not be prescribed if you fall into one of the categories below:
- Under 18 years of age
- If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant.
- Anyone who has severe liver or kidney problems.
- Type 1 diabetics or patients taking diabetic medication which cause hypoglycemia, such as insulin or sulphonylureas(e.g. Gliclazide)
- Have or ever had eating disorders
- Take other weight loss drugs or medication that contain GLP-1 or work in the same way as Mounjaro, e.g. Byetta, Victoza, Ozempic, Saxenda, Trulicity, Ozempic.
- You have severe problems with food digestion or food remaining in your stomach for longer than normal (including severe gastroparesis)
- You have ever had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas which may cause severe pain in the stomach and back which does not go away)
- You have a problem with your eyes (diabetic retinopathy or macular oedema)
- If you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC).
- If you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
- If you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients in Mounjaro.
Where Can I Buy Mounjaro in the UK?
You can buy Mounjaro (Tirzepatide) online from London Slimming Clinic after a consultation has taken place and a prescription is approved.The price will include free consultation by our healthcare professionals. If your consultation is approved, a prescription will be generated and delivered to you by tracked delivery.