Is Mounjaro available in the UK?

Robbie Puddick
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Robbie Puddick

24th January 2024

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed that the weight-loss injection Mounjaro will now be available in the UK for people living with obesity alongside diet and physical activity.

Tirzepatide is the active ingredient in Mounjaro and is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lily.

You’ll be able to purchase Mounjaro from Second Nature by February if you’re living with obesity and meet our strict eligibility criteria.

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Is Mounjaro available on the NHS?

You can’t get Mounjaro on the NHS yet, and it’s unclear when it will be prescribed through the NHS.

It may only be available as a private prescription before becoming more widely available on the NHS through specialist weight management services.

However, Mounjaro’s approval has only just been announced (as of November 2023), so it’s unclear what approach the NHS will take on providing Mounjaro to patients.

Can I buy Mounjaro in the UK?

You can buy Mounjaro from pharmacies, approved online retailers, and specialist weight-loss programmes in the UK.

Second Nature will launch its Mounjaro weight-loss programme in Feb 2024.

Can I get Mounjaro over the counter?

You can’t get Mounjaro over the counter and need a prescription for the medication when it becomes available.

If you purchase Mounjaro from an online pharmacy, you must complete an online form before receiving approval for the medication.

How much does Mounjaro cost in the UK?

Mounjaro will start from £229 a month with Second Nature alongside our award-winning weight-loss programme that includes 1-1 support from a registered nutritionist.

Mounjaro has a range of increasing dosages, which also come at a higher cost.

Which is better, Ozempic or Mounjaro?

Clinical data would currently suggest that Mounjaro is more effective at supporting weight loss than Ozempic. However, Ozempic is no longer available in the UK as a weight-loss jab, so the comparison is irrelevant for weight-loss treatment.

However, Ozempic and Moujaro are both approved as a treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes in the UK, and research has shown that all three doses of Mounjaro lead to more significant blood sugar reductions than Ozempic.

To read our guide comparing Ozempic to Mounjaro, click here.

Which is better, Wegovy or Mounjaro?

The higher doses of Mounjaro (10mg & 15mg) are more effective for weight loss and blood sugar than Wegovy, based on an indirect analysis of individual studies.

However, no studies have compared the two medications directly against one another in a double-blinded randomised controlled trial (where neither the researchers nor the participants know which medication they’ve been given).

So, Mounjaro seems more effective than Wegovy for weight loss, but we need a study comparing the two weight-loss injections to confirm this.

To read our guide comparing Wegovy to Mounjaro, click here.

Does Mounjaro have side effects?

The most common side effects of Mounjaro are nausea, constipation, vomiting, and other symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, like diarrhoea.

You might also experience less common side effects like tiredness or headaches.

These symptoms most commonly occur around the time of the injection, during dose escalation, and are typically transient and will ease after you’ve adapted to the medication.

However, everyone responds differently to these medications; some people won’t experience any side effects, while others will have to discontinue their medication due to the discomfort the side effects cause.

Not a magic pill

Weight loss injections are designed as additional tools for weight management interventions and shouldn’t be considered lifelong medications.

Instead, they should be used to help you kickstart your weight loss and healthy journey while you commit to living a healthier lifestyle.

Consider the use of antidepressants for people living with depression. They’re not designed to cure the condition. Instead, they’re designed to allow room for therapy to treat the condition’s underlying cause.

Mounjaro, and other weight loss injections, like Ozempic and Wegovy, are similar. They can allow you to make lifestyle changes to support long-term weight loss maintenance.

At Second Nature, we’ve been used by the NHS since 2017 to support people with type 2 diabetes and obesity to lose weight, manage their blood sugar levels, and lead healthier lifestyles for the long term.

Ideally, we’d lose weight without medication, and we’d recommend trying our weight-loss programme before trying a weight-loss injection, as it’s cheaper and potentially more sustainable in the long term.

In 2022, the NHS published data in the BMJ that compared the weight loss outcomes of five providers in the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Second Nature was more than twice as effective at supporting weight loss than the other four providers.

Whilst our Mounjaro weight-loss programme is a private programme and isn’t yet used by the NHS, we’ve applied the same high standards of data security and patient safety. The programme is science-backed and has been developed by dietitians, nutritionists, and psychologists.

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