Semaglutide as a Weight Loss Solution
Semaglutide offers rapid weight loss through regular injections of Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1), which increases the body’s production of insulin, inhibits glucagon, and decreases appetite. Patients can expect weight loss in the 10lbs. per month range with some losing even more. The more weight a patient has to lose, the faster these drugs works. For those with only 10-20lbs to lose, patients can also add phentermine to assist with removing the last of their stubborn abdominal fat.
Weight loss and mental health are intricately related. One affects the other, which is why at First Health Chiropractic we are excited to provide Semaglutide and Tirzepatide treatments as part of our holistic and comprehensive mental health facility. Our staff is ready to answer your questions about this promising new medication-assisted weight-loss treatment option – reach-out to us for more information.
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Treatment Options at First Health Chiropractic
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide treatments are normally administered through subcutaneous injection, a method of administering the drug with a short, small needle into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle.
Injections are needed every 7 days and are first administered in the clinic and eventually at home if the patient desires and has demonstrated to our medical professionals that they can administer the injections safely on their own. For the first 16 weeks, the drug is introduced slowly into the patient’s system, with week 17 reaching the maximum dosage for maintenance.
What is Tirzepatide and why use it instead of Semaglutide?
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide produce Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1), but Tirzepatide also produces glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) “that can significantly reduce glycemic levels and improve insulin sensitivity, as well as reducing body weight by more than 20% and improving lipid metabolism” (Molecules). Essentially Tirzepatide is a more complex and effective version of Semaglutide. In a study comparing Tirzepatide and Semaglutide side by side the following results were found: “Using tirzepatide resulted in a weight loss of 17.8% (95% CI: 16.3%-19.3%) compared with 12.4% (95% CI: 11.5%-13.4%) for semaglutide.” (Sackler Faculty of Medicine)
In summary both medications are massively effective for weight loss, producing a loss of between 10-25% of body weight, but Tirzepatide is the newest and most effective option. Because of the added complexity in manufacturing, unfortunately Tirzepatide is three times more expensive than semaglutide to purchase. To make Tirzepatide more accessible we only charge $225 an injection while Semaglutide is $100 an injection.
Our recommendation to our patients who are concerned about cost is to try semaglutide first as it will likely give you the results most patients are seeking. Some patients may need to switch to Tirzepatide if they plateau or do not reach desired results with Semaglutide. Our staff is ready to answer your questions about this promising new medication-assisted weight-loss treatment option – reach-out to us for more information.
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Have The Highest Success Rates of Any Weight Loss Drug
With a 70% success rate, Semaglutide and Tirzepatide’s results are comparable to receiving bariatric surgery. No other weight loss drug on the market competes with the efficacy of this class of drug or the magnitude of Semaglutide and Tirzepatide’s success.
In a 68-week trial of 1,961 patients with obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2) or who were overweight (BMI 27 kg/m2-29.9 kg/m2), patients were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to either Semaglutide or a placebo, both in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet (~500 kcal/day deficit) and increased physical activity (recommended to a minimum of 150 min/week).
Is It Safe?
As a medication-assisted weight loss solution, Semaglutide and Tirzepatide treatments can produce side effects as well as a few rare contraindications in some individuals. Overall, Semaglutide and Tirzepatide is extremely well-tolerated by the large majority of patients after the body has acclimated to it for a couple of weeks.
Common side effects include:
- Nausea (Most Common)
- Nausea can be reduced with the following:
- Eating smaller meals daily
- Receiving subQ or IM B12 dosed at 500-1000mcg with the weekly Semaglutide and Tirzepatide injection
- Abdominal Cramping
Some specific conditions in which taking Semaglutide and Tirzepatide may be unsafe include:
Family or personal history of medullary thyroid carcinoma
Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2
Please talk to your doctor if you are unsure if taking Semaglutide or Tirzepatide is right for you.
Insurance Coverage and Pricing for Semaglutide and Tirzepatide
A single dose of brand name Semaglutide and Tirzepatide is unaffordable even with insurance coverage. Patients who are pre-diabetic or diabetic are more likely to be covered than those who are not. First Health Chiropractic can help determine if Semaglutide or Tirzepatide would be covered by your insurance.
While the patented injection pen for Semaglutide and Tirzepatide is costly, Semaglutide and Tirzepatide themselves are not nearly as expensive. In addition to being an affordable drug, First Health Chiropractic provides cost-effective access to this treatment by making semaglutide available for $100 an injection and Tirzepatide $225 an injection, with comprehensive psychiatric and medical support to make this revolutionary treatment accessible.