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    • Weekly self-injectable pen for weight loss
    • Contains Tirzepatide
    • Safe and effective weight loss medication for adults
    Weight Loss
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    Is tirzepatide approved for weight loss in the UK?

    Demand for effective weight loss solutions has led to heightened interest in medications originally designed for other purposes, such as tirzepatide, the active ingredient in Mounjaro. Originally formulated to address type 2 diabetes, tirzepatide has garnered attention for its potential in weight management, aligning with a trend that sees the use of injectable diabetic medicines like Wegovy, developed by Novo Nordisk, for weight loss.

    Much like Wegovy, which features semaglutide, tirzepatide has recently received approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to aid adults with obesity in their weight loss journey.

    Tirzepatide belongs to a class of drugs known as GIP/GLP-1 receptor agonists, exerting its weight loss effects by curbing appetite. For individuals with diabetes, the medication also facilitates insulin release post-meals, enhancing glucose (sugar) management within the body.

    In this guide, we'll explore the essence of tirzepatide, its designated uses, approved indications in the UK, available dosage strengths, and the process of obtaining it.

    A weight loss patient with loose jeans due to tirzepatide treatment

    The availability of tirzepatide for diabetes treatment

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) sanctioned the use of tirzepatide as a remedy for inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes in England and Wales, in conjunction with adopting a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise in October 2023. Tirzepatide as a treatment for diabetes is becoming increasingly difficult to attain after it was also approved for weight loss. This is also the case with other weight loss/diabetes medications also experiencing a shortage, medications containing semaglutide (such as Wegovy and Ozempic) and liraglutide (such as Saxenda) are all under high demand. 

    The availability of tirzepatide for weight loss

    In November 2023, the MHRA granted approval for the use of tirzepatide as a weight loss treatment within the UK.

    It should be noted that Mounjaro may not be suitable for everyone. Eligibility criteria include being either 18 years old or over the age of 18 years old, having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or a BMI falling between 27-30 alongside weight-related health conditions like prediabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular issues.

    Similar to its prescription for managing type 2 diabetes, Mounjaro must be used alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to optimise its efficacy.

    Is Mounjaro licensed for diabetes or weight loss?

    Previously licensed only for type 2 diabetes, Mounjaro has recently gained approval for both diabetes management and weight control when it was sanctioned by the MHRA in late 2023. It is important to note that the NHS provision of Mounjaro is restricted to addressing poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. For individuals considering using Mounjaro for weight loss purposes, a private prescription is required. You can obtain a free private prescription for Mounjaro online from UK Meds.

    Is tirzepatide licensed for type 1 or type 2 diabetes?

    Tirzepatide is exclusively licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes lies in the body's insulin production. Type 1 involves insufficient insulin production, while type 2 involves your bodies insulin resistance.

    Mounjaro primarily help insulin release from the pancreas, making it less effective for individuals with type 1 diabetes. However, eligibility for tirzepatide treatment in type 2 diabetes is not universal. Specific criteria must be met for its use.

    Mounjaro may be recommended for managing type 2 diabetes in individuals with a BMI of 35 or higher, who also encounter psychological or medical challenges. Those with type 2 diabetes and a BMI below 35 may also receive a prescription if the use of insulin poses occupational risks due to hypoglycemia. This option is considered for individuals who could potentially experience health enhancements in other obesity-related issues through weight loss.

    When Mounjaro will be available in the UK?

    Mounjaro became available for weight loss in February 2024. For diabetes management, the NHS operates within a three-month timeframe to ensure tirzepatide accessibility for prescription. You can purchase Mounjaro for diabetes and weight loss from UK Meds today.

    What strengths of tirzepatide will be available?

    Your Mounjaro treatment regimen typically begins with a 2.5mg injection once weekly for the initial month. Following this period, your dosage escalates to a 5mg injection per week. At UK Meds, you can purchase Mounjaro pens with a dosage strength of 2.5mg and 5mg.

    How you will be able to get Mounjaro weight loss injections

    To purchase Mounjaro weight loss injections in the United Kingdom complete with a free private prescription your best option is to use UK Meds. At UK Meds, you can purchase Mounjaro once you have completed our online consultation. This consultation checks to make sure you are eligible for the medication. Once approved, you will be given a free private prescription that allows you to complete your purchase. 

    Medically Reviewed by:
    Dr. Alexis Missick MBChB. MRCGP
    GMC reference no: 7151419


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