Weight loss medications

The safest, long-term
option for weight loss

GLP-1 medications are your new option for losing weight without (or after) Bariatric Surgery. More than 95% of our patients are able to use their insurance plan for the office visits, and weight loss medications. Some GLP-1 agonists like semaglutide are high cost and can be more difficult to get covered by insurance. Contact us to find out more about your specific insurance coverage.

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Why use GLP-1 medications?

GLP-1’s (like Semaglutide) are weight loss medications that work to lower your set point. Research shows that, while lifestyle changes are vital for successful weight loss, nutrition and exercise alone are rarely enough to overcome the long-term hormonal changes that drive weight regain in the long-term. This is why we utilize a targeted class of medications called “GLP-1” which work by correcting these frustrating hormonal and metabolic shifts so that you can finally experience long-term success.

  • Effective weight loss option
  • Safe for long-term use
  • Non-habit forming
  • Maximizes nutrient absorption
  • Supports blood pressure regulation
  • Supports heart health and reduces inflammation
  • Effective weight loss option
  • Safe for long-term use
  • Non-habit forming
  • Maximizes nutrient absorption
  • Supports blood pressure regulation
  • Supports heart health and reduces inflammation

Are GLP-1 medications right for me?

If you are not a candidate for GLP-1s, we also offer other effective medication options, depending on your individual needs and medical history. Take the quiz to find out more.

glp-1 medications for weight loss

Lowering Your Set Point

At Pound of Cure, we believe that everyone deserves an individualized approach to weight management. We base our set point lowering weight loss program in research, not dogma. Studies show that weight is not determined by willpower, but instead by a hormonally-regulated defense of your body’s unique metabolic set point (the weight your body works to defend).

The Pound of Cure program is designed to lower your set point using a combination of nutritional counseling (using Dr. Weiner’s Metabolic Reset Diet), cognitive behavioral therapy, recipe/life hacks, online education and weight loss medications. GLP-1 medications like semaglutide are powerful adjuncts to a healthy diet and lifestyle and are used frequently in the Pound of Cure program.

Do you qualify for weight loss medication as an option?

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Are GLP-1 medications right for me?

If you are not a candidate for GLP-1s, we also offer other effective medication options, depending on your individual needs and medical history. Take the quiz to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is weight loss medication right for me? Does it interact with other medications?

Dr. Weiner will have you complete a full medical evaluation, including blood work, before customizing your treatment plan and prescribing your medication. The medications that Dr. Weiner prescribes, including GLP-1 medications, can be safely taken with other common prescription medications, including blood pressure, thyroid, and diabetes medications. Dr. Weiner and his team will determine the best medication option for you.

Are GLP-1 medications covered by my insurance?

More than 95% of our patients are able to use their insurance plan for the office visits, and weight loss medications. Some of the GLP-1 agonists like semaglutide cost a lot and are therefore more difficult to get covered by insurance. We will work with you and your insurance company to find the most cost effective solution for you.

How much does Semaglutide cost? Is it covered by insurance?

Semaglutide costs can be very expensive when purchased outright, especially Wegovy, the weight loss dose (>$1,000 per month). It is being covered by more and more insurance companies and our program will help you obtain insurance coverage if possible. Sometimes, the lower-dose diabetic version of these medication can be used off-label for weight loss at a lower cost.

Is the medication safe?

GLP-1 medications are FDA-approved and safe. They have been widely used since 2005 and are commonly used by patients with minimal side effects.

What are the side effects?

The FDA-approved medications prescribed are GLP-1s and are clinically-tested, stimulant-free, and non-habit forming. Side effects are extremely rare, and most individuals who take a GLP-1 do not experience side effects. For those few who do, nausea is the most common, and this typically resolves over the first few weeks of being on the medication. If you do experience any side effects, you’ll be able to reach out to Dr. Weiner and his team for support.

In the most recent clinical trials, less than 5% of people discontinued GLP-1 medications because of side effects.

What GLP-1 medications does Dr. Weiner prescribe?

All of the following are FDA-approved GLP-1 medications:

Liraglutide – low dose for diabetes (Victoza) – taken by injection daily
Liraglutide – high dose for weight loss (Saxenda) – taken by injection daily
Semaglutide – low dose injection for diabetes (Ozempic), taken by injection weekly
Semaglutide – low dose pill for diabetes (Rybelsus), taken by mouth once daily
Semaglutide – high dose injection for weight loss (Wegovy), taken by injection weekly
Dulaglutide (Trulicity), taken by injection weekly
Exenatide (Byetta), taken by injection twice daily
Exenatide extended release (Bydureon), taken by injection weekly
Lixisenatide (Adlyxin), taken by injection daily

Is weight loss medication right for me? Does it interact with other medications?

A full medical evaluation will be performed, including blood work, before customizing your treatment plan and prescribing your medication. The medications prescribed, including GLP-1 medications, can be safely taken with other common prescription medications, including blood pressure, thyroid, and diabetes medications. We will determine the best medication option for you.

Are GLP-1 medications covered by insurance?

More than 95% of our patients are able to use their insurance plan for the office visits, and weight loss medications. Some of the GLP-1 agonists like semaglutide cost a lot and are therefore more difficult to get covered by insurance. We will work with you and your insurance company to find the most cost effective solution for you.

How much does Semaglutide cost? Is it covered by insurance?

Semaglutide costs can be very expensive when purchased outright, especially Wegovy, the weight loss dose (>$1,000 per month). It is being covered by more and more insurance companies and our program will help you obtain insurance coverage if possible. Sometimes, the lower-dose diabetic version of these medication can be used off-label for weight loss at a lower cost.

Is the medication safe?

GLP-1 medications are FDA-approved and safe. They have been widely used since 2005 and are commonly used by patients with minimal side effects.

What are the side effects of the medication?

The FDA-approved medications prescribed are GLP-1s and are clinically-tested, stimulant-free, and non-habit forming. Side effects are extremely rare, and most individuals who take a GLP-1 do not experience side effects. For those few who do, nausea is the most common, and this typically resolves over the first few weeks of being on the medication. If you do experience any side effects, you’ll be able to reach out to Dr. Weiner and his team for support.

In the most recent clinical trials, less than 5% of people discontinued GLP-1 medications because of side effects.

Which FDA-approved GLP-1 medications does Dr. Weiner prescribe?

Liraglutide – low dose for diabetes (Victoza) – taken by injection daily
Liraglutide – high dose for weight loss (Saxenda) – taken by injection daily
Semaglutide – low dose injection for diabetes (Ozempic), taken by injection weekly
Semaglutide – low dose pill for diabetes (Rybelsus), taken by mouth once daily
Semaglutide – high dose injection for weight loss (Wegovy), taken by injection weekly
Dulaglutide (Trulicity), taken by injection weekly
Exenatide (Byetta), taken by injection twice daily
Exenatide extended release (Bydureon), taken by injection weekly
Lixisenatide (Adlyxin), taken by injection daily

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