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Can you get Trulicity on the NHS?

Robbie Puddick
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Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

2 min read
Last updated February 2024
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You can be prescribed Trulicity (dulaglutide) on the NHS if you’re living with type 2 diabetes and other co-morbidities due to the severity of your condition, such as diabetic retinopathy.

However, it’s not recommended for use as a weight-loss injection as it doesn’t generally lead to significant weight loss.

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How do you qualify for a Trulicity prescription?

To receive a Trulicity prescription on the NHS, here are some of the criteria you need to meet:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be living with type 2 diabetes
  • Have poorly managed blood sugar levels
  • Other criteria may be applied depending on your local healthcare services

Can you get Trulicity without a prescription?

You can only get Trulicity with a prescription, but you don’t need to receive this from the NHS.

You can purchase Trulicity from registered pharmacies by completing an online form confirming your eligibility.

Should I buy Trulicity?

Deciding to start a new medication is a highly personal choice. So, ultimately, it depends on whether you believe it’s the best decision for your health going forward.

However, Trulicity isn’t as effective as other GLP-1 medications, like semaglutide (Wegovy). Wegovy can lead to significant weight loss and health improvements like lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, with fewer side effects.

Ideally, we’d be able to lose weight without medication through improved eating habits and a healthier lifestyle.

However, many people have spent their entire lives struggling with weight, and their barriers to weight loss are multi-faceted and complex.

In these situations, extra support may be needed, which is why GLP-1 medications have been developed.

All medications come with risks and rewards, and not everyone is suitable for Wegovy, and Trulicity might be a better option. We’d recommend speaking with your doctor or local pharmacist for some advice.

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