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Learn more about MOUNJARO® and see what savings options may be available to you that can help bring down the cost of your medication.

Options may include Rx Advantage Card, Copay assistance & Coupons, or Patient Assistance Programs. Suitable for insured, underinsured or uninsured individuals. Pay as little as $0 per fill.

Manufactured by Eli Lilly & Company.

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Drug savings options

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    Rx Advantage Card for MOUNJARO®

    Good News! You can save up to 90% savings on the cost of your MOUNJARO® when using the FREE NowPatient’s Rx Advantage Card at your local pharmacy.

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    Canada Pharmacy for MOUNJARO®

    Use our trusted Canada Pharmacy partner, Prescription Help, for your MOUNJARO®. It’s suitable if you are cash paying, uninsured or insured and cannot afford your copays.

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    Copay Assistance for MOUNJARO®

    Eli Lilly & Company who manufactures MOUNJARO®, offers a co-pay assistance program to help those who are commercially insured but cannot meet the costs of the existing co-payment or co-insurance.

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    Patient Assistance Programs for MOUNJARO®

    Unfortunately, Eli Lilly & Company who manufactures MOUNJARO®, does not offer a patient assistance program at this time. Please check back regularly as this situation may change.

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Learn more about MOUNJARO

What is MOUNJARO?

What is MOUNJARO?

MOUNJARO is the brand name for tirzepatide and is available as a subcutaneous injection.

What dosages is MOUNJARO available in?

What dosages is MOUNJARO available in?

MOUNJARO is available as a 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 12.5 mg, or 15 mg per 0.5 mL in single-dose pen or single-dose vial.

What is MOUNJARO used for?

What is MOUNJARO used for?

MOUNJARO is a GIP and GLP-1 agonist and is used to treat type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise.

How does MOUNJARO work?

How does MOUNJARO work?

MOUNJARO is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptor agonist. It works by acting like GLP-1 and GIP, two hormones released by your gut after you eat to help you control blood sugar. These hormones tell your body to release more insulin, release less sugar, and slow down digestion. All of these actions help lower blood sugar levels. In people who have Type 2 diabetes, GLP-1 and GIP don’t work as well they should. So MOUNJARO helps by acting just like GLP-1 and GIP to help control blood sugar.

How do I take MOUNJARO?

How do I take MOUNJARO?

MOUNJARO is typically started at 2.5 mg injected under the skin of the stomach, thigh, or upper arm once weekly. After 4 weeks, your provider will raise your dose to 5 mg injected once weekly. Depending on your response, your provider might continue to raise your dose every 4 weeks or so until you’re at a dose that works for you. The maximum recommended dose is 15 mg once weekly.

Is it safe for me to take MOUNJARO?

Is it safe for me to take MOUNJARO?

MOUNJARO is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have any of the following. Personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2. Known serious hypersensitivity to tirzepatide or any of the excipients in MOUNJARO.

MOUNJARO Common Side Effects

MOUNJARO Common Side Effects

Common side effects of MOUNJARO:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Low appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach upset
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
MOUNJARO Serious Side Effects

MOUNJARO Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with MOUNJARO. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Serious allergic reaction: hives; trouble breathing; swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face
  • Dangerously low blood sugar: feeling hungry, fast heartbeat, shakiness, anxiety, sweating, tingling, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, confusion
  • Kidney damage: nausea, vomiting, trouble urinating, muscle cramps, feeling confused, swelling in the ankles or feet, trouble breathing
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on MOUNJARO

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on MOUNJARO

The following medications may interact with MOUNJARO:

  • MOUNJARO delays gastric emptying and has the potential to impact the absorption of concomitantly administered oral medications
Who makes MOUNJARO?

Who makes MOUNJARO?

Eli Lilly & Company

Is MOUNJARO safe in pregnancy?

Is MOUNJARO safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if MOUNJARO can harm your unborn baby. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my MOUNJARO ®?

If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your MOUNJARO® copay or co-insurance you have four options:

Option

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Copay Assistance Program

Check at the top of the page to see if there is a MOUNJARO® Copay Assistance Program sponsored by the manufacturer. You can check your eligibility to see if you qualify. If you qualify you could obtain your MOUNJARO® for as little as $0 per fill.

Patient Assistance Program

Check at the top of the page to see if there is a MOUNJARO® Patient Assistance Program sponsored by the manufacturer. You can check your eligibility to see if you qualify. If you qualify you could obtain your MOUNJARO® for no cost.

Rx Advantage Card

You can use the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card which removes the constraints of insurance and the cost can be typically lower than your plan copay or co-insurance. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.

Medicaid

If the above options are not feasible then you can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link to the HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application. State Medicaid programs may cover the full cost of your medication.

What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my MOUNJARO ®?

If you are uninsured and you cannot afford your MOUNJARO®, then you have three options:

Option

Savings Information

Patient Assistance Program

Check at the top of the page to see if there is a MOUNJARO® Patient Assistance Program sponsored by the manufacturer. You can check your eligibility to see if you qualify. If you qualify you could obtain your MOUNJARO® for no cost.

Rx Advantage Card

You can use the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card at a local pharmacy and obtain prices that are typically 80% of standard retail prices.

Medicaid

If the above options are not feasible then you can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link to the HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application. State Medicaid programs may cover the full cost of your medication.

What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my MOUNJARO ®?

If you are insured with Medicare and have Part D or an Advantage drug plan but cannot afford your copay or co-insurance element (for example if you are in the coverage gap or Donut Hole) then you have four options:

Option

Savings Information

Patient Assistance Program

Check at the top of the page to see if there is a MOUNJARO® Patient Assistance Program sponsored by the manufacturer. You can check your eligibility to see if you qualify. If you qualify you could obtain your MOUNJARO® for no cost.

Rx Advantage Card

You can use the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card which removes the constraints of insurance and the cost can be typically lower than your plan copay or co-insurance. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.

Low Income Subsidy

If this is still too expensive or unaffordable then you can apply for federal support like Low Income Subsidy (LIS). To be eligible for Low Income Subsidy, you need to be resident in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. You can check eligibility online at SSA Medicare D Extra Help. You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Medicaid

The final option is to check ‘dual eligibility’ to Medicaid in your state by following this link to the HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application. State Medicaid programs may cover the full cost of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does MOUNJARO ® cost without insurance?

Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase MOUNJARO®, as either a brand or generic, without the constraints of insurance. By using the Rx Advantage Card, users can save up to 90% on the cost of their medication. The card can be used at over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. Even if you are insured, in most cases the cash price will be significantly cheaper than your existing co-pay. NowPatient is able to negotiate discounts on bulk drug purchases with pharmacy owners meaning you can access lower medication prices at nearby pharmacies using our card that can be conveniently stored in your NowPatient account.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for MOUNJARO ® when using the Rx Advantage Card?

Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for MOUNJARO® using the Rx Advantage Card. If you are insured, your OOP expense can not be used against your plan deductible, if your plan has a deductible.

Yes. The Rx Advantage card is especially useful for people who have High-deductible health plans (HDHPs). It can be used for insured, uninsured, and underinsured persons.

Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?

No. We do not bill any federal or state insurance including Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug benefit). When you purchase your medication using the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card, you will be doing so out of pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket MOUNJARO® cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?

We do not bill your commercial insurance. When you purchase your medication using the Rx Advantage Card, from NowPatient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket MOUNJARO® cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

How do I check prices for MOUNJARO ® and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?

You can search for the prices at nearby pharmacies using our website. Simply search your medication and enter your ZIP Code and we will show you the price of your drug at nearby pharmacies. If you are happy with the quote, you need to create an account with NowPatient and generate your card. Next, simply go to the pharmacy and fill your MOUNJARO® Rx. Ask the pharmacy to run the card and check the price, even if they tell you they have another card they use. Your card is stored safely in your NowPatient account.

Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?

No. The Rx Advantage prescription savings card is FREE to use and store for NowPatient users.

Is there a MOUNJARO ® co-pay program?

You can check the top of the page to see if there is an option for a MOUNJARO® co-pay card. Co-pay cards are programs run by pharmaceutical companies that offer you a direct way to lower your out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for eligible patients. The copay cards essentially allow physicians to prescribe medications that are clinically preferred.

What are the eligibility requirements for a MOUNJARO ® co-pay card and how much do I have to pay?

Eligibility requirements vary between pharmaceutical companies. However, they almost all require you to be commercially insured. If you qualify there is no cost to you. It is a FREE program.

Can I enroll in the MOUNJARO ® co-pay program if I have state, federal, or other government insurance?

Most likely, no. The copay card program is primarily designed for commercially or privately insured individuals. However, if you are finding it difficult to afford your medication, then there are other forms of assistance. For example, you can apply for LIS (Low Income Subsidy) or extra help is available online at SSA Medicare D Extra Help. You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). As well, you can look at state assistance programs like Medicaid.

Can I enroll in the MOUNJARO ® co-pay program if I have no insurance?

Most likely No. However, many pharmaceutical companies offer fully funded free programs for uninsured persons. These programs are called Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) and NowPatient provides a useful resource to check program availability and eligibility.

How can I check if I am eligible for the MOUNJARO ® co-pay program?

If a MOUNJARO® co-pay card exists, you will see it as a savings option at the top of the page. You can select the option and it will direct you to an eligibility checker. If you qualify you will be prompted to create an account with NowPatient, from where you will be able to access the instructions on how to enroll.

How do I use the MOUNJARO ® co-pay card?

Once you are enrolled into the program you will be able to download the card. When you next fill your Rx, simply present the co-pay card to the pharmacist. The Pharmacist will use the card to process and submit your claim. You will then be provided with your discount. The program cost is covered by the pharmaceutical company.

Is there a MOUNJARO ® Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?

You can check the top of the page to see if there is an option for a MOUNJARO patient assistance program. PAPs are programs that are run and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. They offer uninsured, insured, or underinsured individuals access to high-cost brand-name medications, which may otherwise be unaffordable.

What are the eligibility requirements for a MOUNJARO ® PAP and how much do I have to pay?

Eligibility requirements vary between pharmaceutical companies. However, they almost all require you to be uninsured, underinsured with no drug coverage, or insured but unable to afford your co-pay or co-insurance contribution. If you qualify there is no cost to you. It is a FREE program funded by the pharmaceutical company.

Can I enroll in a MOUNJARO ® PAP if I have state, federal, or other government insurance?

It is possible. Some programs do not allow any insured individuals to apply, however, some programs do have exceptions. If you find that you do not qualify and are finding it difficult to afford your medication, then there are other forms of assistance. For example, you can apply for LIS (Low Income Subsidy) or extra help is available online at SSA Medicare D Extra Help. You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). As well, you can look at state assistance programs like Medicaid.

Can I enroll in a MOUNJARO ® PAP if I have no insurance?

Yes. Most programs are open to individuals who are uninsured and meet income eligibility criteria.

How can I check if I am eligible for the MOUNJARO ® PAP?

If a MOUNJARO® patient assistance program exists, you will see it as a savings option at the top of the page. You can select the option and it will direct you to an eligibility checker. If you qualify you will be prompted to create an account with NowPatient, from where you will be able to access the instructions on how to enroll.

How do I use the MOUNJARO ® PAP to obtain my medication?

Once you are enrolled in the program you will be advised by the pharmaceutical company how they will make supplies to you. In most cases, they will ship the medication through their nominated mail-order pharmacy, directly to you. However, depending on the nature of the medication, the pharmaceutical company may opt to provide you with a pharmacy card (which you can redeem against your medication for FREE at your nearby pharmacy) or ship the medication directly to your healthcare provider (HCP).

Refills are usually handled by the pharmaceutical company.

I am insured but I do not qualify for patient assistance or copay assistance for MOUNJARO ®. Is there any other form of assistance that can help with the costs of my existing copays or co-insurance?

There are a number of resources available such as charitable foundations that may be able to provide assistance for your MOUNJARO®:

Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN) assistance for MOUNJARO®

If you are having trouble paying for your MOUNJARO® medication due to unaffordable copays or deductibles, the Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN), may be able to assist you. To qualify for PAN assistance for MOUNJARO® you will need to meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • Your income is below 400% of the federal poverty level
  • MOUNJARO® is prescribed for an approved FDA indication
  • You live in and receive treatment in the United States or U.S. territories, even if you do not have U.S. citizenship
  • You have Medicare insurance coverage that covers MOUNJARO®
  • If MOUNJARO® is listed on PAN's list of covered medications

You can check the Patient Access Network Foundation Website for more information.

HealthWell Foundation Copay Program for MOUNJARO®

If you are having trouble paying for your MOUNJARO® medication due to unaffordable copays or deductibles, the HealthWell Foundation Copay Program may be able to assist you. To qualify for assistance for MOUNJARO® you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You live in and are being treated in the United States
  • You are insured and your plan covers MOUNJARO®
  • If MOUNJARO® is listed on the HealthWell Foundation's list of covered medications

You can check the HealthWell Foundation Website for more information.

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program for MOUNJARO®

Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief program exists to help reduce the financial distress you or your family may face when paying for your MOUNJARO® treatment. If you qualify and can demonstrate the need, the foundation will provide you with direct payment covering co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles. To qualify for assistance for MOUNJARO® you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be currently insured and have coverage for MOUNJARO®
  • You must have a confirmed diagnosis and treatment plan
  • You must reside and receive treatment in the United States
  • Your Income must fall at or below 3000r 4000f the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration for the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and number in the household
  • Applications can also be completed by contacting the program sponsor, toll-free at 866-512-3861.

You can check the Patient Advocate Foundation Website for more information.

Can I buy my MOUNJARO ® from Canada?

Americans pay at least twice as much (in fact 218%) on prescription medications than individuals in other countries, like Canada. The reason why Canada drugs are cheaper is that Canada regulates its prescription medication drug prices (the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board) meaning that consumers pay less for their MOUNJARO®. This prevents pharmaceutical patentees from charging excessive prices.

As well, many Canadian drugs are likely produced by exactly the same companies in the same factories, as US prescription drugs.

We have partnered with Prescription Help in Canada that carries thousands of branded and generic medications. If there is an option for MOUNJARO® from Canada, then we will provide this as an Rx savings option to you.

Is it safe for me to buy my MOUNJARO ® from Prescription Help, Canada?

If you purchase MOUNJARO® from Canadian Prescription Help, then there is little reason to worry about safety since it is likely that the drugs will be the same ones you would get from your American drugstore, and would have undergone the same rigorous testing as the American counterparts. Canada drugs are regulated for safety, efficacy and quality by Health Canada, which is the Canadian equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you are unsure, you can discuss this option with your physician, especially if you find it difficult affording your medications and may therefore risk not being treated.

Rest assured, NowPatient has done thorough due diligence on Prescription Help, to ensure that the service is adequately licensed, regulated and safe.

We have checked and verified that Prescription Help:

  • Is a licensed pharmacy in Canada.
  • Will only fill your MOUNJARO® if you have a valid prescription.
  • Has a licensed pharmacist on staff to answer your questions.
  • Does not send medicine that looks different than what you receive at your usual drug store, nor does it arrive in packaging that is damaged, in a foreign language, has no expiration date, or is expired.
  • Does not charge you for products that you never ordered or received.
  • Provides clear written protections for your personal and financial information, including credit card numbers.
  • Maintains the highest standards of data security and compliance.
  • Does not sell your information to other websites.
  • Does not supply controlled substances.
  • Does not supply any products on an FDA Import Alert.
  • Quantities are restricted to a maximum of 3 month's supply for international orders.
  • Publishes contact information on website for customer service.

Is ordering MOUNJARO ® from a Canadian Pharmacy legal?

Although it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs, It is notable that U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who procure non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources for up to a three-month supply for their own use are not pursued or prosecuted. There are hundreds of thousands of American patients who have used or continue to use Canadian pharmacies to procure their medications at significant discounts. Often the price of medications can be the difference between getting treated or not being treated.

How do I place an order for MOUNJARO ® from Prescription Help, Canada?

If your medication is available from our partner Canadian Pharmacy, then we will show it as an option. You can search for the product by pack size, strength or form and then see the price for MOUNJARO®. If you are happy with the price, you can proceed to the checkout. This will take you to the Prescription Help website, from where you can complete the process. Prescription Help is not connected to NowPatient other than as an affiliate partner which offers services that may benefit NowPatient users. It is not insurance, any payments are strictly cash and are considered out-of-pocket.

What should I do if I take too much MOUNJARO ®?

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using MOUNJARO®. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you've used too much MOUNJARO®. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

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US brand name of MOUNJARO ® and manufacturer

Mounjaro is the brand name of tirzepatide and is available in the US under the brand name Mounjaro. It is manufactured by Eli Lilly

A tube with a MOUNJARO label on it.

Source: Eli Lilly

 

UK brand name of MOUNJARO ® and manufacturer

Mounjaro is the brand name of tirzepatide and is available in the UK under the brand name Mounjaro. It is manufactured by Eli Lilly.

Is MOUNJARO ® available in the UK on the NHS?

Mounjaro is available on the NHS in the UK. It can be prescribed by healthcare providers for eligible patients.

Prescription requirement for MOUNJARO ®

Mounjaro (tirzepatide) is available as Pen 0.5ml of 2.5mg/0.5ml, Pen 0.5ml of 5mg/0.5ml, Pen 0.5ml of 7.5mg/0.5ml, Pen 0.5ml of 10mg/0.5ml, Pen 0.5ml of 12.5mg/0.5ml and Pen 0.5ml of 15mg/0.5ml injection pen.  It is a prescription medicine and requires a valid prescription.

FDA approval of MOUNJARO ®

Mounjaro has received FDA approval for:

  • Treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes as an adjunct to diet and exercise

It is not known if MOUNJARO is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.

It is not known if MOUNJARO can be used in people who have had pancreatitis.

When not to use MOUNJARO ®?

There are certain precautions where Mounjaro may not be suitable if:

  • You are allergic to tirzepatide or ingredients found in Mounjaro pen
  • You have problems with your pancreas or kidney
  • You have a history of diabetic retinopathy
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed
  • You or you family have had medullary thyroid carcinoma – MTC
  • You have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 -MEN 2
  • You have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems digesting food
  • You are taking insulin or sulfonylureas
  • You take birth control pills by mouth? These may not work as well while using Mounjaro. Your healthcare provider may recommend another type of birth control when you start Mounjaro or when you increase your dose
  • You have type 1 diabetes

Active ingredient of MOUNJARO ® and mechanism of action

Mounjaro is the first and only approved treatment in a different class of medication for type 2 diabetes. The active ingredient in Mounjaro is tirzepatide. Tirzepatide is a glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptor and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It is the first and only unimolecular dual GIP/GLP-1 receptor agonist. 

Both GIP and GLP-1 increase the production of insulin in your body. 

It has proven to result in significant reductions in A1c levels and body weight. Mounjaro works in several ways:

  • It increases insulin production, but only when your blood sugar is rising—which makes the risk of low blood sugar minimal
  • It decreases your liver’s production of sugar
  • It slows down the speed at which your stomach empties food into your intestine. This helps manage your blood sugars after eating while also leaving you feeling full longer

Is MOUNJARO ® as effective as Ozempic? 

Mounjaro is more effective than Ozempic (semaglutide) for blood sugar control and weight loss. For people taking Mounjaro, 82% reached an A1C under 7% on the 5-mg dose, 86% reached an A1C under 7% on the 10-mg dose, and 86% reached an A1C under 7% on the 15-mg dose. For people taking Ozempic 1-mg, 79% reached an A1C under 7%.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that a reasonable goal for most adults with type 2 diabetes is an HbA1C less than 7%. 

Does MOUNJARO ® reduce cardiovascular risks?

It is not yet proven, however there may be a follow-through assumption of the Novo Nordisk Phase III SELECT trial of Wegovy (semaglutide) which showed a statistically significant reduction in major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) of 20%. Eli Lilly is sponsoring the CVOT in obese patients, SURMOUNT-MMO, which is expected to yield data in 2027.  

Can MOUNJARO ® be used for weight loss?

Mounjaro is not currently FDA approved for weight loss or chronic weight management, despite data that shows that there is significant weight loss associated with using Mounjaro.  

In June 2023 Eli Lilly presented data from the Phase III SURMOUNT-2 study at the American Diabetes Association meeting, which showed a mean weight loss of 13.4% among patients receiving the 10mg dose and 15.7% for the 15mg dose after 72 weeks in overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

In August 2023, Eli Lilly confirmed that it had applied to the US Food and Drug Administration for the approval of Mounjaro for chronic weight management.

Some physicians and doctors are currently prescribing Mounjaro for weight loss, off-licence. 

 

People climbing Mounjaro lost up to 25 pounds.

 

‡Individual results may vary. In studies with or without other diabetes medications, weight loss in adults ranged from 12 lb (5 mg) to 25 lb (15 mg).

Can MOUNJARO ® Pen be shared?

No. You should not share your Mounjaro pen with others, even if the needle is changed. You may give other people a serious infection or get a serious infection from them through cross-contamination.

Is it safe to use compounded MOUNJARO ®?

The manufacturer has said that they do not sell Mounjaro or the active ingredient tirzepatide for compounding. Eli Lilly is the sole company that has FDA approval to market Mounjaro and it is supplied in a branded box that includes a proprietary pen along with FDA-approved prescribing information. Eli Lilly  cannot validate safety or effectiveness of products claiming to contain tirzepatide. Therefore, compounded Mounjaro should be avoided. While doctors can prescribe these medications “off-label” for obesity, insurance companies may deny these claims.

Is there a shortage of MOUNJARO ®?

Mounjaro, in all strengths, is available to community pharmacies nationwide for treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes. There may be normal delays given the time required to order the product from their local distribution center, and geographical variabilities. However, there are concerns about supply effects, in anticipation of the manufacturer confirming it will be looking to licence the product for chronic weight management.

Forms of MOUNJARO ®

Mounjaro comes as a solution in a prefilled, single-dose injection pen with the following dosage strengths:

  • 2.5mg/0.5mL
  • 5mg/0.5mL
  • 7.5mg/0.5mL
  • 10mg/0.5mL
  • 12.5mg/0.5mL
  • 15mg/0.5mL

Storage requirements for MOUNJARO ®

Mounjaro is temperature sensitive and should be handled as follows: 

  • Store your Pen in the refrigerator between 2C to 8C
  • You may store your Pen at room temperature below 30C for up to a total of 21 days
  • Do not freeze your Pen. If the Pen has been frozen, throw the Pen away and use a new Pen
  • Store your Pen in the original carton to protect your Pen from light
  • The Pen has glass parts. Handle it carefully. If you drop the Pen on a hard surface, do not use it. Use a new Pen for your injection
  • Keep your MOUNJARO Pen and all medicines out of the sight and reach of children

Dosage of MOUNJARO ®

Mounjaro is given as a weekly injection under the skin (subcutaneous). It should be administered at the same time each week, at any time of the day. The 2.5-mg dose is for treatment initiation and is not intended for glycemic (blood sugar) control. 

Patients are initiated with the 2.5-mg dose once weekly.

After 4 weeks on the 2.5-mg dose, the physician may increase to the 5-mg dose once weekly. If additional glycemic control is needed, the physician can continue to increase the dose by 2.5-mg increments after at least 4 weeks on the current dose. The maximum dose is 15 mg once weekly.

 

A poster displaying the various MOUNJARO glucometers available.

Source: Eli Lilly

 

Even though doses change, the administration frequency will always be weekly. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider.

How long does it take for MOUNJARO ® to start working?

Mounjaro starts working immediately. It achieves glycaemic control faster than other treatment. SURPASS-2 and SURPASS-3 studies have shown that those taking any dose of Mounjaro reached A1C targets about 4 weeks sooner than those using injected semaglutide (Ozempic) 1 mg. When compared to titrated insulin degludec (Tresiba), participants using Mounjaro achieved the A1C goals between 4 and 12 weeks sooner.

 

How do I use the MOUNJARO ® Pen?

Follow these 4 steps to use your Mounjaro pen:

Step 1: Choose your injection site. Your healthcare provider can help you choose the injection site that is best for you. You or another person can inject the medicine in your stomach, thighs, or the back of your upper arms. Another person should give you the injection in the back of your upper arm.

Step 1 of taking Mounjaro

Step 2: Pull off the base cap.

Step 2 of taking Mounjaro

Step 3: Place the base flat on your skin, then unlock.

Step 3 of taking Mounjaro

Step 4: 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.

Step 4 of taking Mounjaro

How long can I continue using MOUNJARO ®?

Mounjaro is designed to be a long-term maintenance treatment. Mounjaro is safe and effective when used as indicated for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes to lower blood sugar, along with diet and exercise.

What are the common side effects of MOUNJARO ®?

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain

What are the serious side effects of MOUNJARO ®?

  • Sudden inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomitin
  • Low blood sugar (hyproglycemia)
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Possible risk of thyroid cancer

Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any serious side effects.

What can I do if I experience nausea when using MOUNJARO ®?

  • Consume bland, low-fat foods, like crackers, toast, rice
  • Eat smaller meals–try splitting your 3 daily meals into 4 or more smaller ones
  • Stop eating when you feel full
  • Avoid laying down after eating
  • Avoid fat or fatty foods
  • Drink ice-cold drinks

What support resources are there for MOUNJARO ®?

You can contact the Mounjaro patient services support center at 1-833-807-MJRO (833-807-6576).

What prescription assistance is available for MOUNJARO ®?

Prescription drug prices can be confusing. Two people may pay different prices for the same drug, depending on their insurance situation. The list price of Mounjaro is $1,023.04 per fill, but the amount you pay will largely depend on your prescription drug insurance plan.

Commercially insured patients may be eligible for the Mounjaro Savings Card program.

If you are not eligible for the Mounjaro Savings Program, then you may have to pay close to the list price shown above, plus any additional pharmacy charges depending on where you purchase your medicine.

If you are interested in obtaining insurance, there are resources available to help you:

  • To find out if you qualify for Medicaid and for information about copayments in your state, please visit: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-overviews/index.html
  • To learn more about private individual policies via the Insurance Marketplace, please visit: https://mat.org/Health-Insurance-Resources

For the most accurate information, talk to your insurance provider who knows the details of your plan.

Interactions with other drugs

Ozempic may interact with certain medications, including:

  • Insulin (Humalog, Tresiba, Lantus, Basaglar, Fiasp)
  • Sulfonylureas (Amayrl, glyburide, glipizide)
  • Meglitinides (repaglinide, nateglinide)
  • Birth control pills (drospirenone/estetrol, ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone, ethinyl estradiol/norgestimate) 
  • Ibuprofen
  • Simvastatin
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

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