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Get GLP-1 weight loss prescription online

In a clinical trial review, more than half of the people taking a GLP-1 medication for weight loss shed at least 5% of their starting body weight. If you weigh 250 pounds, that’s a loss of at least 12.5 pounds, potentially more! 

Interested in GLP-1 weight loss? Find a weight loss specialist on Klarity and have an appointment in as little as 24 hours. And if GLP-1 medication is right for you, get a prescription. 

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Medically reviewed by: Dr. Sheelu Bhatnagar

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What are GLP-1 drugs for weight loss?

Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists are a class of medication that includes popular brand-name drugs. 

Wegovy (semaglutide) and Saxenda (liraglutide) are GLP-1 drugs U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved for chronic weight management in people with obesity or overweight. 

Ozempic (semaglutide), Rybelsus (semaglutide), Victoza (liraglutide), and Trulicity (dulaglutide) are FDA-approved to improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. 

Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Zepbound (tirzepatide) are dual GLP-1/glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptor agonists. They work similarly to GLP-1 drugs, but the added effect on GIP receptors leads to greater weight loss according to clinical trial data. 

Learn more about GLP-1 agonist medications and dual agonists.

How GLP-1s work for weight loss?

GLP-1 medications mimic the natural GLP-1 hormone released by your intestines after you eat. It stimulates your pancreas to release insulin while reducing glucagon secretion, lowering your blood sugar. GLP-1 works for weight loss by delaying food from leaving your stomach. That makes you feel full for longer.

Put simply, when you use a GLP-1 medication, eat a low-calorie diet, and exercise more, you get improved blood sugar control and reduced appetite, so you eat less and lose weight.

In clinical trials for the GLP-1 weight loss drug Wegovy, people lost up to 14.9% of their body weight in 68 weeks. Participants in a similar trial for Saxenda lost up to 10% of their body weight in 56 weeks.

Learn more about how GLP-1 works for weight loss.

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Who can take GLP-1 medications?

You can take a GLP-1 medication if you meet the FDA-approved criteria for its use. Some GLP-1 drugs are approved for weight loss or weight management. Others are approved to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. 

Brand-names drugs Wegovy and Saxenda are FDA-approved for weight loss if you: 

— Have obesity, meaning a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.
— Are overweight with a BMI of 27 or more and at least 1 weight-related health problem, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes.
— Are a child aged 12 or older with obesity based on weight and BMI.

If you take a GLP-1 medication, you should also eat a reduced-calorie diet and be more active.

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How to get a GLP-1 weight loss prescription online

To get a GLP-1 weight loss medication, you need a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. Prescribing providers include physicians (MDs), physician assistants/associates (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). 

You can find a board-certified, licensed provider to discuss a medical weight loss program that may include drugs, like GLP-1 medications, on Klarity and have an appointment in as little as 24 hours.

If you’re prescribed medication, your provider can send your prescription to your pharmacy of choice, including online pharmacies that ship directly to your door.

Note that there have been supply shortages for GLP-1 medications, like Ozempic, Wegovy, Saxenda, and Victoza. Before you start a GLP-1 drug, talk to your provider and check the FDA drug shortages database for current status (Tip: search for the medication’s active ingredient). 

Learn more about how to qualify for Ozempic or get prior authorization for Wegovy.

How to use GLP-1 drugs for weight loss and their dosages

Most GLP-1 medications are injectables that come in prefilled single-use pens. The exception is Rybelsus, which is a pill. Injectable GLP-1 drugs are taken daily (Saxenda) or once a week (Wegovy). You use the pen to inject yourself under the skin, usually in your belly, upper thigh, or in the back of your arm.

These medications come in multiple doses, so different pens are available with various dosages. For example, Wegovy comes in .25-, .50-, 1.0-, 1.7-, and 2.4-milligram doses, each in a different pen.

When starting an injectable GLP-1 medication, you take the lowest dose available. This helps reduce side effects and gives your body time to adjust to the medication. After 1 or 4 weeks, your provider will prescribe the next higher dose. You continue increasing every 1 or 4 weeks until you reach your maintenance dose or the maximum dose available.

Dual GLP-1/GIP agonist drugs Mounjaro and Zepbound are dosed similarly.

Clinical studies show that people tend to lose more weight on higher doses of GLP-1 drugs. But, if you struggle to tolerate these dosages, your healthcare provider may have you use a smaller maintenance dose.

Learn more about Saxenda and Wegovy doses.

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GLP-1 weight loss medication side effects and warnings

The most common side effects of GLP-1 medications are gastrointestinal, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and stomach pain. These side effects are usually mild to moderate and tend to go away within a few weeks of starting the medication or increasing your dose.

Dual GLP-1/GIP agonists, like Mounjaro and Zepbound, have similar side effects.

Your healthcare provider can help you navigate the side effects of GLP-1 medications.

Learn more about Wegovy side effects and the side effects of Ozempic for weight loss.

What do GLP-1 weight loss medications cost?

Injectable GLP-1 weight loss medications are expensive. The average retail price, which is the price the pharmacy charges you without insurance, is more than $1,000 for a 1-month supply of any dose. The only exception is Victoza, which retails for $582 for a 1-month supply, according to drugs.com and with its discount card.

Dual receptor agonists Mounjaro and Zepbound also retail for around, or more than, $1,000 for a 1-month supply.

If you have insurance that covers your medication, you could get a 1-month supply for free or at a discount with savings cards from the manufacturer, such as Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy Savings Card. You can also save on GLP-1 medications with coupons from prescription discount sites like GoodRx, drugs.com, SingleCareRx, Optum Perks, and others.

Learn how to get Wegovy for less or get Zepbound for $25.

How do GLP-1 medications compare to other weight loss medications?

You can lose more weight on GLP-1 medications than other weight loss drugs. And some GLP-1 medications result in more weight loss than others.

Clinical trials found that people lose more weight on GLP-1 med Wegovy, than Saxenda and other weight loss drugs, like Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate), Contrave (bupropion-naltrexone), Adipex-P (phentermine), and Xenical (Orlistat). In trials, people lost more on dual GLP-1/GIP agonists, like Zepbound, than Wegovy.

Talk to your healthcare provider to find out which medication, if any, is right for your health and weight loss needs. You can find a provider on Klarity today and have an appointment in as little as 24 hours.

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Read through stories from real patients who received treatment from healthcare providers on Klarity.

How it works

  1. Choose the right provider for you

    Providers on Klarity are licensed, board-certified, and offer a personalized approach to your unique weight-loss needs. See detailed profiles for each provider and find an approach that’s best for you. (Costs for treatment options may vary.)

  2. Have your initial patient visit

    Your journey to losing weight starts with an initial consultation Your provider will go over your goals and medical history to recommend a program that’s right for you and may or may not include prescription medication.

  3. Work with your provider on your progress 

    Your initial consultation is just the beginning. You and your provider will follow up to make sure you’re doing okay and that you’re reaching your goals. You stay on track with easy medication refills and ongoing support from your provider.

  4. Get constant support from Klarity

    If you have questions or need assistance, the Klarity Patient Support team is here to help. Along with your provider, they’re committed to making sure you have the best care and support throughout your weight loss journey.

Why choose a provider on Klarity?

Choose from a growing list of licensed, board-certified providers.

Choose from a growing list of licensed, board-certified providers.

Have an appointment in as little as 24 hours.

Have an appointment in as little as 24 hours.

No insurance needed — get reimbursed from insurance or use your FSA or HSA.

No insurance needed — get reimbursed from insurance or use your FSA or HSA.

FAQs about GLP-1 agonists

Can my doctor prescribe GLP-1 for weight loss?

If they’re a board-certified, licensed healthcare provider, yes, your doctor can prescribe a GLP-1 medication for weight loss if they think it’s right for you. Licensed providers include physicians, physician assistants/associates, and nurse practitioners. When asking your doctor for weight loss meds, share your health history, weight-loss goals, and the treatments you’ve already tried.

Which GLP-1 medications lead to the most weight loss?

Out of the available GLP-1 medications, Wegovy leads to the most weight loss. In clinical trials, people lost up to 14.9% of their starting body weight in 68 weeks with the Wegovy dose of semaglutide. But, you can lose even more weight with tirzepatide vs semaglutide.

Tirzepatide is the active ingredient in dual GLP-1/GIP receptor agonist Zepbound. In clinical trials, people who took Zepbound and made lifestyle changes (diet and exercise) lost up to 20.9% of their starting body weight. 

Can I get a prescription for GLP-1 agonists online?

Yes, you can get a prescription for GLP-1 agonists online. You can find an online healthcare provider from healthcare marketplaces, like Klarity. Your provider can evaluate your weight loss needs and prescribe medication in a virtual appointment. Note that lab tests may be required for a diagnosis. Find a provider on Klarity today and get a GLP-1 prescription online, if recommended.

Does insurance cover GLP-1 agonist medications?

Employer-sponsed health insurance typically covers GLP-1 agonist medications if prescribed for an FDA-approved use. Coverage under federal insurance programs varies. If your plan does cover GLP-1 meds, you’ll likely need prior authorization for coverage to apply. If you’re prescribed a GLP-1 agonist, contact your insurance company to determine whether it’s covered and if you need prior authorization. If prior authorization is required, work with your healthcare provider to submit the request to insurance. They can also help you appeal a prior authorization denial.

Where can I find GLP-1 weight loss medications in stock?

You can find GLP-1 agonists in stock at any pharmacy that carries them, as long as they have inventory. Shortages of GLP-1 agonist medications aren’t uncommon due to their popularity. If you’re having trouble finding a GLP-1 agonist, such as Wegovy, in stock, talk to your healthcare provider about what to do. They may suggest alternatives, like Saxenda vs Wegovy, or compounded semaglutide.

What’s the difference between GLP-1 agonists and dual GLP-1/GIP agonists?

GLP-1 agonists, such semaglutide in Ozempic and Wegovy, are chemical compounds that mimic the GLP-1 hormone naturally released by your pancreas after you eat. It stimulates insulin release and reduces glucagon secretion to lower your blood sugar and slow down how quickly food leaves your stomach. Overall, GLP-1 agonists make you want to eat less, which helps you lose weight.

Dual GLP-1/GIP agonists, like tirzepatide in Mounjaro and Zepbound, work similarly in that they mimic GLP-1. But, they also mimic the hormone GIP which has similar effects. Research data shows that mimicking both hormones, as dual GLP-1/GIP agonists do, leads to greater weight loss. 

Learn about semaglutide vs tirzepatide.

Are there generic GLP-1 medications?

There aren’t generic GLP-1 agonists available at the time of publication. In the U.S., most brand-name drugs are subject to exclusivity, meaning they’re protected from competition by generic versions for a certain amount of time (typically 3 to 7 years). We could see generic versions of early GLP-1 agonists as soon as 2024 — exclusivity for Victoza (liraglutide) expired in June 2024. It may be years before others follow suit. For example, Ozempic could be protected by exclusivity until 2031. 

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The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Everyone’s weight loss journey is unique and results will vary. Always seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.

How we reviewed this article: This article goes through rigorous fact-checking by a team of medical reviewers. Reviewers are trained medical professionals who ensure each article contains the most up-to-date information, and that medical details have been correctly interpreted by the author.

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