When will Mounjaro be available?

Mounjaro has been described as the “King Kong” of weight loss medication. It is up to 50% more effective than Wegovy …… and could be available in the UK in early 2024. 

What is Mounjaro?

Manufactured by the US pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, Mounjaro is the commercial name for the groundbreaking medication Tirzepatide. It works in a similar way to Wegovy, also known as semaglutide but with some important differences.

Wegovy and Mounjaro are both weight loss medications, but they differ in their active ingredients and mechanisms of action. Semaglutide, developed by Novo Nordisk, is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) that mimics the action of a hormone called GLP-1. It has demonstrated substantial weight loss in clinical trials, with many patients achieving over 15-20% reduction in body weight.

Mounjaro is a dual glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and GLP-1 RA. This dual mechanism of action leads to even greater weight loss compared to semaglutide. Clinical trials have shown that Mounjaro can result in weight reduction of up to 25%, surpassing the weight loss achieved with semaglutide.

The chart below plots weight loss the results of the main clinical trials and shows the greater effectiveness of Mounjaro when compared with Wegovy:

Mounjaro vs Wegovy Graph

When will Mounjaro be available?

Consequently, there is a lot of interest in Mounjaro. It is licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in the UK and is currently awaiting approval for weight loss by the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA.

Given the shortages of all weight loss medication in the UK and the sheer weight of demand, it is our hope that Mounjaro could be available for weight management in early 2024. If this were to be the case, we would transition our clients from their existing medication over to Mounjaro, if our doctors believed it to be the medication for you.

So, no change for now. Continue with your current medication or start taking Wegovy or Rybelsus in the knowledge that you can transition as soon as Mounjaro is available. 

Taken as part of a full weight management service

Chequp understands the significance of a holistic approach to weight management. We recognise that while the results from clinical trials of Mounjaro are promising, individual responses may vary widely. That's why we provide a full weight management service, offering a comprehensive solution that includes dietitian support, physical activity advice, psychological support where necessary, and regular health coach appointments.

Individual responses to medications like Mounjaro can be influenced by a myriad of factors, such as genetics, lifestyle, pre-existing health conditions, and personal preferences. What works well for one person may not yield the same results for another. Our commitment to a holistic approach to weight management acknowledges this diversity and tailors our services to address the unique needs and challenges that individuals face.

At Chequp, we have assembled a team of dedicated professionals who specialise in different facets of weight management:

  1. Dietitian Support: Our experienced dietitians offer personalised guidance on dietary choices, meal planning, portion control, and nutritional education. This ensures that individuals are not only taking Mounjaro but are also making informed food choices that align with their weight management goals.
  2. Physical Activity Advice: We provide tailored exercise recommendations that complement medication usage. Regular physical activity is a vital component of weight management, and our experts help individuals incorporate exercise into their daily routines for optimal results.
  3. Doctor Consultations: At Chequp, we offer the invaluable expertise of healthcare professionals. Our doctors play a pivotal role in evaluating an individual's overall health, providing medical assessments, and ensuring that any medical conditions that may impact weight management are addressed effectively. These consultations offer a comprehensive view of an individual's health and help in tailoring the weight management plan accordingly.
  4. Regular Health Coach Appointments: Accountability and monitoring are key to long-term success. Our health coaches ensure that individuals can track their progress, discuss challenges, and receive ongoing motivation and guidance. This continuous support helps individuals stay on course and make adjustments as needed.

By choosing Chequp, individuals embarking on a weight management journey with Mounjaro are not only taking a medication but are actively engaging in a comprehensive strategy for lasting results. We understand that maintaining a healthy weight is not a one-time achievement but a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

Additionally, our involvement of healthcare professionals in the weight management service can better address any potential side effects or concerns related to Mounjaro, ensuring that individuals are using the medication safely and effectively.

In conclusion, Chequp's commitment to a full weight management service alongside Mounjaro cannot be overstated. We are dedicated to empowering individuals on their journey towards improved health and well-being, offering a comprehensive solution that addresses the root causes of weight-related issues and promotes sustainable, lasting results. If you're ready to take the next step in your weight management journey, consider Chequp as your partner in achieving a healthier and happier life.

Published: 02 Nov  2023