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Can you get Trulicity on the NHS?

Robbie Puddick
Written by

Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

3 min read
Last updated July 2024

Jump to: How do you qualify for a Trulicity prescription? | Can you get Trulicity without a prescription? | Should I buy Trulicity? 

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.

Not a magic pill

Weight-loss injections are designed as additional tools for healthy lifestyle change and shouldn’t be considered as lifelong medications.

Instead, they should be used to help you kickstart your weight-loss journey whilst you focus on building new, healthy habits.

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 Wegovy are similar. These medications can help silence food-related thoughts and also give you a boost of confidence with more immediate weight-loss results.

This helps to buy you the time and headspace to understand why your body may have struggled to lose weight previously, and to build new long-term healthy habits.

The core focus of our medication programmes are to calm down the feeling of food noise, lower your cravings, and to allow you to build healthier habits to keep the weight off for good.

The ultimate goal is to make losing weight feel second nature.

Second Nature’s medication-supported programmes

Second Nature has two medication-supported programmes: a Wegovy weight-loss programme and a Mounjaro weight-loss programme.

If you’ve made the decision to try Wegovy or Mounjaro (assuming you’re eligible), why should you choose Second Nature over other medication providers?

For peace of mind.

Second Nature has worked with the NHS for over 6 years providing weight-loss programmes across the UK.

Whilst our Wegovy and Mounjaro weight-loss programmes are private and not currently used by the NHS, we’ve built the programmes with a focus on scientific evidence, patient safety, and data security.

We hope that our 6+ years of working with the NHS and building a track record of effective weight-loss results will give you peace of mind to give us a try.

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