Weight Loss Medication in Indianapolis

   317-643-4444   8902 N Meridian Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46260

FAQS

Frequently asked questions

General Questions

How much is the membership fee?
Members pay $50 per month in exchange for access to our Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and top of the line body composition equipment. Additionally, eligible patients could receive a prescription for best-in-class weight loss therapeutics (GLP-1 Agonists).
Do you dispense medications from your office? Do I have to purchase the medications from you?

We dispense brand name Mounjaro and Ozempic from our office. Our prices are significantly lower than retail pharmacies in the area. We absolutely will call in a prescription to a preferred pharmacy if you wish.

Unfortunately, we have found that insurance coverage for these drugs is poor for most of our patients, which is why we offer in-office dispensing of the medication.

I’ve seen pharmacies dispensing generic or compounded Ozempic and Mounjaro. Is that safe?
We firmly believe this trend is NOT safe. These medications are brand new, currently on patent, and there is no approved generic alternative available. Pharmacies that are compounding or selling “generic” alternatives are sourcing these knock-off drugs overseas typically from China. There is minimal oversight of the production and import of these meds. We do not recommend injecting ANY medication whose source of production and safety cannot be verified.
I’m 10-20 pounds overweight. Is this still something I could try?
The answer is almost certainly yes. Any patient who has struggled with their weight and who is above the ideal percent body fat (20% for men, 28% for women) is a candidate for this therapy. We have had excellent success with this type of patient, and they typically respond quickly to the medication and at a much lower dose than patients who need to lose 50 pounds or more.
Will you be my primary care physician?
We specialize in weight loss management only. As such, we require all patients to have a relationship with a primary care physician. We will communicate any medication changes with them so they are aware of what you’re on as well as the amount of weight you’ve lost.
Is it important to see someone in person for this type of treatment?
We believe so. In addition to sourcing brand name medication locally, we have the latest body composition testing machines. We utilize this technology to ensure that patients are losing fat and not muscle mass as they progress on their weight loss journey.
If I start this medication and am successful, how/when do I get off of it?
The answer to this question is very patient dependent. Once we achieve your ideal percent body fat, our team will work with you to utilize the medication at a lower dose/frequency to maintain your weight loss for an additional 12 months. At that point, we will wean you off the medication. Some patients are very successful maintaining their weight loss at this point, while others find their weight starts to creep back up. In those instances, we recommend resuming treatment to maintain patients at their ideal weight and to prevent the “yo-yo” weight gain/weight loss scenario.
I just had a baby. Is this medication indicated for post-pregnancy weight loss?
Absolutely. It is very effective in this patient population as the weight gain is typically recent and therefore easier to get back down to your normal range. It’s important to remember that this class of medication is contraindicated in breastfeeding, so the injectable weight loss drugs would need to wait until you are finished breastfeeding.
What are weight loss injections?
Weight loss injections are a newer term that tends to refer to GLP-1 medications, such as Wegovy, Ozempic, Mounjaro and Saxenda. Although only Wegovy and Saxenda have received FDA approval for weight loss, Mounjaro and Ozempic have produced impressive data in clinical trials.
How do weight loss injections work?
The most common injectable weight loss medications are self-administered once per week. Once a patient begins on weight loss injections, they’ll notice a reduction in appetite and in snacking urges. This is caused by the ability of GLP-1 therapeutics to decrease gastric emptying, in turn causing an elongated feeling of fullness.

Common Mounjaro Questions

What is Mounjaro?
Mounjaro (tirzepatide) is a prescription injectable medication used to treat type 2 diabetes and off-label to treat obesity. It is a once-weekly injection that works by stimulating the body to produce more insulin and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Insulin and GLP-1 are hormones that help to lower blood sugar levels and promote weight loss.
What is Mounjaro used for?
  • Improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes
  • Help adults lose weight or maintain weight loss
How does Mounjaro work?
  • Mounjaro works by stimulating the body to produce more insulin and GLP-1. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use glucose (sugar) for energy. GLP-1 is a hormone that helps to lower blood sugar levels and slow down digestion.
  • In people with type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. This can lead to high blood sugar levels. Mounjaro helps to lower blood sugar levels by stimulating the body to produce more insulin.
  • Mounjaro also helps to promote weight loss by slowing down digestion and making you feel fuller longer. This can help you to eat less and lose weight.
Who can take Mounjaro?
Mounjaro can be taken by adults with type 2 diabetes (on-label) or obesity (off-label). It is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes, pancreatitis or medullary thyroid cancer. Although Mounjaro is not yet approved for the treatment of obesity, Eli Lilly is in the midst of the approval process.
What are the side effects of Mounjaro?

The most common side effects of Mounjaro are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days or weeks.

Other possible side effects of Mounjaro include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Pancreatitis
  • Thyroid problems
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Gallstones
How much does Mounjaro cost?
The cost of Mounjaro can vary depending on your insurance coverage. Without insurance, the list price for a month’s supply of Mounjaro is $1,100 to $1,300 at national pharmacies. However, at Premier Weight Loss we cut out the PBM and utilize dose based pricing. This enables us to charge $375 for a month’s supply of low-dose Mounjaro (steps up from there).
If I start this medication and am successful, how/when do I get off of it?
The answer to this question is very patient dependent. Once we achieve your ideal percent body fat, our team will work with you to utilize the medication at a lower dose/frequency to maintain your weight loss for an additional 12 months. At that point, we will wean you off the medication. Some patients are very successful maintaining their weight loss at this point, while others find their weight starts to creep back up. In those instances, we recommend resuming treatment to maintain patients at their ideal weight and to prevent the “yo-yo” weight gain/weight loss scenario.
I just had a baby. Is this medication indicated for post-pregnancy weight loss?
Absolutely. It is very effective in this patient population as the weight gain is typically recent and therefore easier to get back down to your normal range. It’s important to remember that this class of medication is contraindicated in breastfeeding, so the injectable weight loss drugs would need to wait until you are finished breastfeeding.
What are weight loss injections?
Weight loss injections are a newer term that tends to refer to GLP-1 medications, such as Wegovy, Ozempic, Mounjaro and Saxenda. Although only Wegovy and Saxenda have received FDA approval for weight loss, Mounjaro and Ozempic have produced impressive data in clinical trials.
How do weight loss injections work?
The most common injectable weight loss medications are self-administered once per week. Once a patient begins on weight loss injections, they’ll notice a reduction in appetite and in snacking urges. This is caused by the ability of GLP-1 therapeutics to decrease gastric emptying, in turn causing an elongated feeling of fullness.

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