Compounded Tirzepatide for Medical Weight Loss

With one-third of Wisconsin’s population being overweight and another third obese, VIVA Wellness is excited to offer Mounjaro®, Zepbound®, and compounded tirzepatide to our clients in the Milwaukee area and beyond as an option for our Medical Weight Loss protocols. These programs consist of a customized plan tailored to your body and lifestyle to ensure your comfort and success during the entire process.

Our comprehensive weight loss protocols include nutritional education, wellness services (sauna, lymphatic drainage massage, colonics, etc.), and prescription medication based on your health history and goals. If you would like to explore your options with VIVA Wellness, schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced Nurse Practitioner weight loss specialists.

Breakthrough drug approved by FDA: Is it right for you?

Tirzepatide, known under the brand name Mounjaro, is an injectable prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes. However, studies have shown that it offers the potential to be an effective obesity treatment. In fact, the FDA recently approved a new medication, Zepbound, specifically for the treatment of obesity in adults. Zepbound also uses tirzepatide as the active ingredient, and along with physical activity and a healthy diet, has shown incredible promise for weight loss. Our VIVA Wellness Nurse Practitioners use these medications in combination with our other wellness services to help many clients lose excess weight quickly and effortlessly.

It’s important to note that tirzepatide is not a diet drug. However, the results so far have been highly promising for obesity treatment. While a 10 percent body weight loss is often considered successful, tirzepatide has shown remarkable results, with a weight reduction of 25 percent for many patients. This may signify progress in addressing the metabolic aspect of obesity.

This diabetes drug could be life-changing for people who are overweight or obese

A breakthrough in weight loss medication is offering hope to patients with obesity who want to shed excess pounds and improve their health. This new class of drugs called GLP-1 agonists is proving safe and effective for Type 2 Diabetes and weight loss, with mounting evidence supporting their use. These include semaglutide and tirzepatide. However, despite their potential, only a small fraction of eligible patients take advantage of these medications.

Compounded tirzepatide may be better than traditional dieting

If traditional dieting has not worked for you, compounded tirzepatide or semaglutide certainly may (if our NPs determine you are a good fit). One of the more inspiring notes is that patients who have struggled to see their weight change despite trying everything (you are certainly not alone!) get to see their body work, rebuild trust, and have freedom from incessant food and weight loss thoughts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 70 percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to various weight-related medical problems, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke.

One of the newer GLP-1 drugs, tirzepatide, which is injected weekly, has shown even more promising results. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients lost over 20 percent of their weight in 72 weeks with this medication.

Tirzepatide acts similarly to a hormone called GLP-1, which is naturally produced in the gut. GLP-1 signals the pancreas to release more insulin to regulate blood sugar. While this hormone has long been used to treat diabetes, its weight loss effects were discovered later. Pharmaceutical companies capitalized on this discovery and developed higher dosage versions of the medications specifically for obesity treatment.

Although the exact mechanism behind the fat loss effects is still unclear, the drugs are believed to slow down stomach emptying, helping people eat less and feel full for longer. Additionally, the medications target specific receptors in the brain that influence appetite.

It is important to note that all prescription drugs have potential side effects for some people, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Furthermore, they are not a “magic bullet” for weight loss. Each individual may respond differently to the drug, and it may not be effective for everyone.

However, compared to older obesity drugs, the VIVA Wellness weight-loss specialist NPs find these new medications are exceptionally impressive with our clients, especially patients with obesity-related chronic conditions like inflammation.

The way that VIVA Wellness offers either compounded tirzepatide or compounded semaglutide involves a method of protecting your quality of life—meaning, you feel good and are not required to drastically alter your lifestyle. This protocol also ensures that your body can handle the significant strain on the system as the contents of fat cells are released and flushed away.

Is it safe to use compounded tirzepatide to reduce body weight?

In short, the answer is yes! At VIVA Wellness, we often prescribe the brand name Mounjaro, and now have the option to prescribe Zepbound to clients who may not be eligible for Mounjaro. However, some of our patients may not be eligible for the brand-name version of tirzepatide and benefit from a compounded version instead.

Compounding pharmacies create these medications using different dosages of the active ingredient tirzepatide based on patient needs. Compounded weight loss medications may contain additional ingredients not found in the original pharmaceutical formulations, like B12 and L-carnitine. These ingredients aim to enhance the medication’s effects and minimize side effects.

Many healthcare professionals have seen no difference in outcomes between compounded and pharmaceutical versions.

While some patients have had positive experiences, concerns about safety, effectiveness, and consistency persist, so obtaining compounded tirzepatide from a reputable compounding pharmacy is essential. Our compounded medications at VIVA Wellness are sourced from a licensed, trusted compounding pharmacy to ensure your safety.

What if I only want the brand name Mounjaro or Zepbound?

We understand that everyone’s approach to their health is unique. That’s why we offer a range of medication options to help you reach your goals. While we can prescribe popular medications like Mounjaro® and Zepbound®, there are a few considerations to remember.

Supply chain shortages have affected medications like Ozempic® and Wegovy®, making them harder to obtain. Even Mounjaro® has faced challenges. Rest assured, our team is here to help you navigate these obstacles.

It’s also important to note that insurance coverage for these medications can vary. While Wegovy® is approved for weight management, Ozempic® and Mounjaro® are currently only approved for type II diabetes treatment. Depending on your insurance plan and medical history, coverage may be limited.

VIVA Wellness understands that cost can be a barrier for many of our clients. Even though Zepbound and Mounjaro are typically cheaper than Wegovy and Ozempic, without insurance coverage, these medications can be prohibitively expensive. That’s why we offer compounded medications as a more affordable option.

Remember, medication isn’t the only path to success at VIVA Wellness. Our team of health coaches and clinicians will support you every step of the way, using proven science and compassionate expertise. Whether you choose medication or not, we’re here to help you achieve improved health and wellbeing.

If you’re interested in exploring other medication options, we also offer a range of generic and non-generic weight management medications. These can be prescribed alone or combined with our other services, involving colon hydrotherapy, IV/IM vitamins, infrared sauna, nutritional counseling, and more.

What are the most common side effects of Mounjaro, Zepbound, and compounded tirzepatide?

Additionally, it’s important to note that all medications can cause side effects. However, many individuals experience no side effects or only mild ones. If you have any concerns about the side effects of this drug, including constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, upset stomach, vomiting, decreased appetite, or heartburn, don’t hesitate to mention that during your consultation at VIVA Wellness.

Low blood sugar is one of the more common side effects that patients may experience. This may manifest as dizziness, headache, drowsiness, weakness, tremors, fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating. If you experience these symptoms, contact a healthcare professional immediately and follow their instructions for managing low blood sugar, which may involve consuming glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or certain fruit juices.

The brand name Mounjaro and Zepbound post a boxed warning about the possible effect of tirzepatide on the thyroid. According to the manufacturer:

“Mounjaro may cause thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. Watch for possible symptoms, such as a lump or swelling in the neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms, tell your healthcare provider.

  • Do not use Mounjaro if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC).
  • Do not use Mounjaro if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • Do not use Mounjaro if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients in Mounjaro.”

While rare, some individuals may experience serious allergic reactions or severe side effects from this drug. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, it is important to inform your doctor or seek medical assistance immediately:

Serious allergic reaction: This may include a rash, hives, itching, red or swollen skin, blisters, peeling skin, fever, wheezing, tightness in the chest or throat, difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking, unusual hoarseness, or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Kidney problems: Watch out for inability to urinate, changes in urine output, blood in urine, or sudden weight gain.

Gallbladder problems: Look for pain in the upper right abdomen, right shoulder, or between the shoulder blades, as well as yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever with chills, bloating, or severe stomach upset or vomiting.

Pancreas problems: Pay attention to intense stomach pain, severe back pain, or extreme stomach upset or vomiting.

Dizziness or fainting.

Rapid heartbeat.

Changes in vision.

Remember that these reactions are rare, and most clients use Mounjaro or compounded tirzepatide with no or mild side effects.

Is everyone eligible for anti-obesity medications?

The brand name Mounjaro is a prescription medication specifically for individuals who have type 2 diabetes, obesity, or are overweight with a related condition. Now, overweight and obese adults have Zepbound as an option even if they have not been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Before prescribing Mounjaro, Zepbound, or compounded tirzepatide, your VIVA Wellness NP will assess if it is medically appropriate for you. This entails a discussion of your medical history, body mass index (BMI), health goals, and current health conditions, including any issues with the pancreas, kidneys, and stomach. Other important topics to discuss with your NP include digestion problems, history of diabetic retinopathy, current diabetes medications, plans for pregnancy or nursing, and any current use of prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or supplements.

For individuals seeking insurance coverage for Mounjaro, it is recommended to contact their insurance provider to determine if it is covered. Not all insurance providers cover Mounjaro, and some may only cover it for FDA-approved uses, excluding weight loss. Additionally, those with insurance may qualify for the Mounjaro Savings Card offered by the manufacturer.

How does VIVA Wellness find the right weight loss protocol for me?

Finding the right weight-loss program can be overwhelming with so many options available. However, we have some suggestions to help you make the best choice.

First and foremost, it’s crucial to be open and honest about your weight-loss goals and any medical conditions or mental health issues that may affect your journey. Additionally, be open about your past weight-loss efforts and any fad diets you have tried.

When we develop your weight-loss program, we consider your personal preferences, lifestyle, and goals. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Safety is paramount in any weight-loss journey. While quick results may seem appealing, a slow and steady approach is often more sustainable. We aim for a loss of 0.5 to 2 pounds per week, which is significant while also being comfortable and conducive to long-term success.

We want to find you a protocol that you genuinely love. If you feel restricted or uncomfortable, you’re unlikely to stick with it long-term. Additionally, we encourage you to include physical activity that you enjoy, since exercise contributes to weight loss and offers numerous physical and mental benefits.

What is the goal of treatment—losing weight or getting healthy?

At VIVA Wellness, we aim to understand your “why.” The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is uncovering your true motivation. It’s not just about diet and exercise—it’s also about your mental wellbeing.

This is why our VIVA Wellness team offers science-based, behavior-change programs that focus on the mental aspect of weight loss. Instead of starting with what to eat, they encourage clients to start with why they want to lose weight.

Digging deep and uncovering the emotional reasons behind your desire to lose weight can be a powerful motivator. Maybe it’s about wanting to be a better parent or breaking free from the limitations of your past. Whatever the reason, connecting weight loss to a larger life purpose can be transformative.

Don’t be afraid to share your wellness journey with your VIVA Wellness practitioner and others and ask for support. Believing in yourself and taking that first step towards change can be empowering. And remember, success is not just about a number on the scale. It’s about improving your overall wellbeing.

Our unique approach focuses on changing mindset and connecting weight loss to a greater goal. VIVA Wellness clients experience physical transformation but report positive changes in other areas of their lives as well.

Weight loss is more than just achieving a certain number—it’s about reclaiming your life and becoming the best version of yourself. Start by understanding your “why,” and let that be your guiding force on your way to a healthier you.

How does the program work?

Since there is no “standard” client, there is no “standard” treatment plan. At VIVA Wellness, we go beyond traditional weight loss methods to help you succeed. We understand that this is a complex journey, and it’s about more than just one thing. That’s why we address all the components of wellness and aim to tackle the root causes that are individual to you.

Our team of Nurse Practitioners works closely with each client to design a customized program that suits their needs. With their extensive backgrounds and education, we offer a wide range of weight loss options. We take a creative and strategic approach to help you reach your goals while maintaining a lifestyle that supports you.

Our holistic view of wellness focuses on the overall wellbeing of your body. We consider the various systems of your body and aim to support them in a way that promotes healthy weight reduction without putting extra strain on your body.

Our integrative approach combines techniques from Western and traditional medicine and alternative and Eastern practices. These techniques include digestive optimization, lymphatic support, detox protocols, ancient and proven techniques, and mental and emotional health strategies.

Your personalized program may include nutritional counseling, vitamins and supplements, and more. Specific questions can be discussed during your consultation with one of our Nurse Practitioners.

The Mounjaro, Zepbound, or Compounded Tirzepatide Injection Protocol

Mounjaro, Zepbound, and compounded tirzepatide are a few options in our variety of weight loss services. Compounded tirzepatide offers similar results to compounded semaglutide (brand name Ozempic or Wegovy)—reducing appetite, sustaining satiety, and balancing blood sugar. The combination of these benefits over time means sustained weight loss for many.

What will I get with my VIVA Wellness Protocol?

The VIVA Wellness Weight & Detox Protocol, our signature blend of services and products may use compounded tirzepatide or compounded semaglutide as a component of the weight change aspect.

  • You will receive the protocol through weekly injections. These include both the drug and our unique blend of other supportive items (two other IM injections and other oral supplements)
  • Expect consistent, sustained results over time. The weight does come off with time, though your NP may start with a small dose while your body adjusts. You can expect the initial phase of weight loss to be a slow ramp-up.
  • Anti-nausea support is automatic. VIVA Wellness and your dedicated NP make the experience easier by automatically prescribing anti-nausea relief medications and supplements that support metabolic health and detoxification pathways.
  • You’ll have a dedicated Nurse Practitioner. Our NP staff guides you with customized dosing changes, no complicated pricing structure, and years of experience. Through our weekly support, we will make adjustments based on real-time feedback from your body and your mental, emotional, and lifestyle experience. Your plan is tailored to YOU and your individual body.

The brand name Mounjaro may be prescribed for patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Mounjaro is FDA-approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, but it is being fast-tracked by the FDA for weight loss and obesity because of its safety and efficacy. This means insurance will only cover Mounjaro for those with documented type 2 diabetes at this time, but thankfully, our office works with compounding pharmacies to bring our clients access to compounded tirzepatide.

If you aren’t eligible for diabetes drugs but would benefit from compounded tirzepatide for weight management, we can still explore this option with you. If you are a type 2 diabetic (A1c 6.5 or higher and you have insurance), we can prescribe Mounjaro.

It’s time to begin your journey to better health

Contact our office in Brookfield to explore your options for weight loss and other services such as colonics, sauna, lymphatic drainage, and cavitation. We believe in supporting the whole system: physical, mental, and emotional. Weight loss drugs such as Mounjaro, Zepbound, and compounded tirzepatide are transformative for many of our clients. If you have tried everything to shed excess weight with no success, this may be your answer. Whether or not you choose compounded tirzepatide, we are confident we can find the perfect wellness protocol for you.

Do you have more questions about tirzepatide and weight loss? See our Compounded Tirzepatide FAQs, or schedule a consultation with one of our nurse practitioners. Reach out to us today and see how our caring VIVA Wellness team can guide you to the life you’ve always dreamed of living!

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