Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Weight Loss in Long Beach

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to overall wellness or weight loss. Thankfully, a range of groundbreaking new services and non-surgical injectable medications are available to help you achieve your goal weight and increase your metabolism, underlying health, and quality of life. The Waltzman Institute is exclusively carrying two injection treatments for their patients, semaglutide and tirzepatide weight loss in Long Beach.

How Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Work

Both medications are used to lower blood sugar levels for people who have diabetes, and with use, physicians noted the side effect of weight loss. After testing and study, these drugs are now known to aid in weight management, decrease appetite and cravings, and allow users to lose weight gradually and safely.

Semaglutide, popularly known as Ozempic or Wegovy, is taken weekly alongside lifestyle changes for weight management. In clinical trials and practice, patients have had success in weight reduction. Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. This class of prescription medications can help lower insulin secretion and delay gastric emptying. These actions lower blood sugar and make it take longer for you to digest food. The total effect of this is that you feel full longer.

Tirzepatide is also a GLP-1 receptor agonist that targets the dual glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP). Tirzepatide, also known as Mounjaro or Zepbound , mimics both these receptor agonists, which signal the pancreas to reduce insulin secretion and slow the process of digestion.

This helps improve glycemic control and keeps you feeling fuller longer after eating. In addition to slowing digestion, GLP-1 receptor agonists target an area of the brain that influences your hunger levels, so it works both in your digestion and your brain.

The primary difference between the two medications is that they are in two different classes and target slightly different areas of the brain. Tirzepatide is the only medication in its class that targets both GIP and GLP-1, but semaglutide has been on the market longer and has more clinical evidence and research. You have a choice for semaglutide and tirzepatide weight loss in Long Beach based on your individual needs and medical history.

Why Weight Management Is Important

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to supporting your overall health and preventing many chronic conditions and diseases. When you are overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, and certain cancers.

By managing your weight, you lower your risk of these health conditions and increase your energy level, which helps you to enjoy life. You are usually more physically active when you reach and maintain a healthy weight, which has additional health benefits.

Factors that can affect your weight include age, gender, culture, sleep, and habits. By following a balanced nutritional program and exercising regularly, you can support a healthy body as you age. Weight management is more than just vanity. It is also important for mental and emotional benefits, because being overweight can reduce your self-confidence and self-esteem and impact your mental health.

For hopeful surgical candidates, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial before undergoing a surgical procedure to ensure the patient is at a healthy BMI. Be sure to consult with your plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist about their BMI requirements before having a surgical procedure. If you have significant weight to lose before your desired plastic surgery procedure, then semaglutide or tirzepatide may be a great option to help you get on track with your goals.

Potential Side Effects of Semaglutide and Tirzepatide

As with any medication, there are potential side effects. Semaglutide and tirzepatide in Long Beach are FDA-approved for weight loss, but they are not appropriate for everyone. It is crucial to discuss your weight management goals and the appropriate use of these medications with our staff before making a decision.

Both medications are designed for long-term use to manage your weight and involve a once-a-week, self-administered injection.  Because they slow your gastrointestinal tract so you feel full longer, there can be some gastrointestinal side effects, and while they suppress your appetite, you still need to make dietary changes and reduce your intake of sugar-sweetened desserts and beverages.

Call to Schedule Your Consultation for Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Weight Loss in Long Beach

When you would like to explore a medical weight loss program, call our office today to schedule your consultation for semaglutide and tirzepatide weight loss in Long Beach. At The Waltzman Institute, we will answer your questions about semaglutide and tirzepatide, review potential side effects, and make a recommendation that fits your lifestyle, age, activity level, and desired goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

You are a good candidate if you are a healthy adult with a BMI >30, or if you have a BMI >27  with at least one weight related condition. You should NOT take these medications if you have a  history of medullary thyroid cancer, history of gallbladder disease, history of pancreatitis, or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2).

Ideal candidates are motivated to eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly.

It is safe to be on this medication for many years. You might find that once you reach your  weight loss goal you are able to decrease dosage and/or frequency of injections.

The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal  pain, constipation. If you experience nausea and/or vomiting, please call our office so Dr.  Waltzman and order a prescription to your pharmacy to lessen these symptoms. Our office can also provide a list of over the counter remedies to assist with any possible diarrhea or constipation.

Please refrigerate (do not freeze) the medication to keep them at a constant temperature.

The medications are stable at room temperatures and higher (90 degrees) for up to three  weeks! This means that the medication has not degraded in quality and is safe to take. We do ship the medications with ice packs to offset extreme temperature changes during shipping, but  it is a preventative measure.

Yes, and yes! Once you have received your medication, call us and we can schedule you for a  virtual or in person appointment to teach you how to administer your medication properly. We  can also email you training videos.

If you are on semaglutide or tirzepatide, we will automatically increase your dose every  month. We follow the FDA guidelines for dosing. For semaglutide, we adhere to the following  dosing schedule: 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 1.7mg, 2.4mg. For tirzepatide, we adhere to the following  schedule: 2.5mg, 5mg, 7.5mg, then 10mg. The beginning doses are considered loading doses, and the later doses are considered the therapeutic doses. Unfortunately, we are unable to skip certain doses for our patients. However, we can keep you at the same dose or decrease your  dose at any time.

Yes! Please give the office a heads up in advance so we know to expect you.

Yes! At least one week ahead of time, email or call with the date you would like us to ship  your medications. Our program is opt-in/opt-out, so if the medication isn’t working for you, let  us know!

Yes! Plus, you would not necessarily need to start from scratch with the new dosage. Let the  office know and we can figure out a plan!