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Learn how to get Mounjaro, a prescription medication used to treat diabetes. Here’s what to know about whether you might qualify, how much it costs, and options for getting it in person or online.

Mounjaro (tirzepatide) is a type of dual glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) agonist and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) agonist approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help manage blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, alongside diet and exercise.

It’s an injectable medication administered once per week. It works by mimicking the effects of GLP-1, a hormone that stimulates the secretion of insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

It also reduces hunger and increases feelings of fullness by slowing digestion, which may lead to weight loss.

This article takes a closer look at how to get Mounjaro, including how much it costs and how to find out whether you qualify.

A note on getting Mounjaro

All the options below offer Mounjaro to eligible individuals.

Typically, a type 2 diabetes diagnosis is required for insurance approval of Mounjaro. If you don’t have diabetes but want to take Mounjaro for weight loss, your healthcare professional will decide if Mounjaro is a safe and appropriate choice based on your health needs.

Additionally, due to occasional supply chain issues, Mounjaro may be difficult to get.

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Mounjaro is only available through a prescription, which can be obtained through certain telehealth platforms or by visiting a doctor’s office.

In person

The first way to get a prescription for Mounjaro is by visiting a doctor’s office.

Any board certified physician — including primary care doctors, endocrinologists, or bariatric doctors — can provide a prescription.

A doctor will likely conduct an exam and ask questions about your medical history, health status, and weight loss goals to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for a prescription.

They can also provide information about any necessary lab work or blood tests required before starting the medication.

Once you have a prescription, you can order and pick up Mounjaro directly through your preferred pharmacy.

Telehealth

Several telehealth platforms offer prescriptions for GLP-1 medications, including Mounjaro.

Typically, these platforms provide a virtual consultation with a healthcare professional to determine whether or not you’re eligible and discuss an appropriate treatment plan based on your needs.

If you qualify, you can typically order the prescription directly through the platform. In some cases, you can also opt for home delivery or pick up your prescription at your local pharmacy.

Here’s a closer look at a couple of telehealth companies that can prescribe Mounjaro.

The price of Mounjaro can vary quite a bit depending on many factors, including:

  • insurance coverage
  • pharmacy
  • usage

Without insurance

Without insurance, the manufacturer’s list price of Mounjaro is $1,069.08 per fill, which includes a 4-week supply of the medication.

However, discounts are also available through services like Optum Perks, which offers discounts at certain pharmacies.

With insurance

If you have insurance, it’s best to contact your insurance company directly to ask whether they cover Mounjaro. Some insurance companies only cover the cost for its FDA approved use as a type 2 diabetes medication. It’s not FDA approved for weight loss in people without diabetes, though it’s sometimes prescribed off-label.

Some people with insurance coverage may also be eligible for a Mounjaro savings card from the manufacturer, which provides a 1-month or 3-month prescription for as little as $25.

Even if you have insurance that doesn’t cover Mounjaro, you may still be eligible for a savings card for up to $573 off a 1-month prescription.

A note on efficacy

Keep in mind that in order to maintain weight loss with Mounjaro, you’ll need to take the medication indefinitely. A 2023 clinical trial found that stopping tirzepatide (the generic for Mounjaro) resulted in “substantial regain” of any weight that was lost while taking the medication.

When deciding whether to take Mounjaro, consider how the cost of the medication will factor into your budget in the long term.

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Although Mounjaro is sometimes prescribed off-label for weight loss, it’s currently only FDA approved as a type 2 diabetes medication. FDA approval means that the FDA has determined that a drug is safe and effective for a specific use and that the benefits of using the drug to treat the condition outweigh its risks.

Another medication — Zepbound — includes the same active ingredient as Mounjaro. Zepbound is FDA approved as a weight loss medication. With the exception of the FDA approvals, there’s no difference between the two medications.

Other GLP-1 agonists that are FDA approved to aid weight loss include semaglutide (Wegovy) and liraglutide (Saxenda).

In general, GLP-1 agonists may be recommended for weight loss in people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or individuals with a BMI of 27 or higher and at least one weight-related condition, such as:

A doctor will usually only prescribe a GLP-1 agonist for weight loss after you have tried other weight loss methods — including dietary changes, exercise, and other lifestyle changes — without success.

A doctor can help determine whether you might be eligible for a prescription.

They can also guide you on how to use Mounjaro alongside other lifestyle modifications for effective weight management, including diet and exercise.

Although Mounjaro is considered safe when used appropriately, it’s not the right choice for everyone.

Mounjaro isn’t safe for those with certain health conditions, including people who have had thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). People with a family history of MTC should also avoid Mounjaro.

Mounjaro is also unsafe for those with a history of:

In addition, people who are hypersensitive to Mounjaro’s active ingredient, tirzepatide, should not take Mounjaro. Hypersensitivity could lead to life threatening side effects, such as anaphylaxis and angioedema, or swelling of the deeper layers of the skin.

There is not enough evidence that Mounjaro is safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and findings from some animal studies suggest that Mounjaro may be harmful to fetuses. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, your doctor may recommend alternative medications that are safe to use.

The most common side effects of Mounjaro are:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • decreased appetite
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • stomach discomfort
  • stomach pain

Using Mounjaro with other diabetes medications may lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels, which is why Mounjaro should be prescribed and monitored by a licensed healthcare professional, such as an endocrinologist.

A licensed healthcare professional, such as an endocrinologist or a primary care physician, can prescribe Mounjaro for type 2 diabetes.

Mounjaro can be prescribed off-label for weight loss, even if you don’t have diabetes. It’s typically recommended for people with a BMI over 30, or individuals with a BMI over 27 with at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or obstructive sleep apnea.

Zepbound, which includes the same active ingredient as Mounjaro, is FDA approved as a weight loss medication.

If you’re using Mounjaro for type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible to enroll in the manufacturer’s Mounjaro savings card program.

This may provide a 1-month or 3-month prescription for as little as $25 with insurance, or up to $573 off a 1-month prescription without insurance.

Coupons are also available at certain pharmacies through websites such as GoodRx.

Mounjaro is available at Costco, along with many other pharmacies, including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Safeway.

However, there is currently a shortage of GLP-1 medications, including Mounjaro. Manufacturers are working to ramp up production in order to meet demand.

There are a number of GLP-1 medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. Some of the most common GLP-1 diabetes medications include:

  • dulaglutide (Trulicity)
  • liraglutide (Victoza)
  • semaglutide tablets (Rybelsus)
  • exenatide (Byetta)

Your doctor can help decide the best medication for you based on your medical history and more.

Mounjaro is an injectable medication that can be used to help manage blood sugar levels and support weight loss. While it’s FDA approved for people with type 2 diabetes, it’s sometimes prescribed off-label for weight loss in people without type 2 diabetes.

Like other types of GLP-1 medications, it requires a prescription, which can be obtained in person or through certain telehealth platforms.

A doctor can determine whether you’re a candidate for Mounjaro and can provide guidance on how to incorporate it into a blood sugar management plan.