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.