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Zepbound: The Newest FDA-Approved Medication for Chronic Weight Loss

Dec 15, 2023

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Zepbound: The Newest FDA-Approved Medication for Chronic Weight Loss

Weight loss medications have been around for decades. However, researchers only made significant advancements in the last few years with weight loss injections like semaglutide. The newest generation of weight loss drugs has helped many people overcome significant weight loss obstacles.

Last month (November 2023), the FDA approved a new weight loss injection — Zepbound™. A second-generation weight loss injection, Zepbound may provide even better weight loss results than other weight loss injections.

At Memorial Health Urgent Care and Infusions in Katy, Texas, our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the most current therapies for weight loss and is excited to offer Zepbound as a treatment option.

Read on to learn more about this exciting new weight loss medication, how it works, and how it might help you reach your weight loss goals. 

About Zepbound

Zepbound, also called tirzepatide, is the next generation of weight loss injections. It’s a glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptor and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist. 

The medication works by activating the release of appetite-controlling hormones, so you feel less hungry and eat less. According to research, people taking the highest dose of Zepbound may lose more than 20% of their body weight. 

Zepbound is given as a weekly injection. We start at a low dose and increase as tolerated over 4-20 weeks to the target dose ranging from 5-15 milligrams. 

Zepbound vs. semaglutide

Zepbound and semaglutide are effective tools that help many people struggling with their weight finally take control. However, according to clinical trials, people tend to lose more weight taking Zepbound than semaglutide. 

They both work by mimicking hormones that suppress your appetite — GLP-1. Zepbound is also a GIP receptor, mimicking the GIP hormone. Like GLP-1, GIP is a hunger-suppressing hormone, but it may also play a role in how your body stores and breaks down fat.

Zepbound may produce more significant weight loss results because of its dual appetite control abilities and may promote the breakdown of fat. 

Am I a candidate?

If you’re struggling to reach your weight goals with diet and exercise and your weight is affecting your health, you might benefit from Zepbound. 

It’s FDA-approved for chronic weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or a BMI of 27 or higher with weight-related health problems like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

You must also follow a balanced diet and get regular physical activity to gain the maximum benefits from the weight loss injection. 

We don’t prescribe Zepbound for patients with a personal or family history of thyroid cancer. 

Zepbound is an exciting new treatment option for weight loss. Are you ready to get off the weight loss roller coaster? We’re ready to help. Call our office today or use our online scheduling tool to set up your appointment to learn more about weight loss injections for long-term weight management.