Frequently Asked Questions

Mounjaro Injection: Responding to the Most Common Queries!

Your doctor will teach you how to give yourself the mounjaro injections, but here's a general idea of what to expect.

Step 1: Choose Your Injection Site 

Mounjaro is injected just under your skin (a subcutaneous injection) in your thigh, belly, or upper arm. It's essential to change where you inject each week, moving around different parts of your body. If you prefer the same area, that's okay, but don't inject Mounjaro in the exact same spot.

Step 2: Pull Off the Base Cap 

Ensure the pen is locked, then remove the gray base cap and throw it away.

Step 3: Position the Pen on Your Skin 

Put the clear base of the pen flat against your skin where you're giving the shot. Then, unlock the pen by turning the lock ring.

Step 4: Inject Mounjaro 

Press the injection button and hold it for 10 seconds. You'll hear 2 clicks. The first click means the injection has started, and the second click means it's done.

Once you finish your Mounjaro medication, it usually takes around 25 days for your body to remove it completely. This is because Mounjaro (tirzepatide) has a long half-life of 5 days, meaning half of the medication leaves your body every 5 days. Remember, this is just an estimate, and the time it takes can be different for each person.

Even if you don't have diabetes, your healthcare provider may prescribe mounjaro off-label for weight loss. It's usually suggested for those with a BMI over 30 or a BMI over 27 with at least one weight-related condition, like heart disease, high blood pressure, or obstructive sleep apnea. However, discussing the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before considering Mounjaro for weight management purposes is crucial, as regulatory authorities do not officially approve its use in non-diabetic individuals.

Inject Mounjaro (tirzepatide) under the skin of your stomach, thigh, or the back of your upper arm. If you choose the back of your upper arm, it's better to get someone else to do it. However, never inject Mounjaro into a muscle or vein—stick to the subcutaneous layer just beneath the skin. This ensures the medication is absorbed correctly and reduces the risk of complications.

No, Mounjaro (tirzepatide) is not officially approved by the FDA for weight loss. However, it may make you lose weight as a side effect. The reason could be that it helps you feel full for a longer time by slowing down the digestion of food, which might make you eat less. Researchers are still studying whether Mounjaro (tirzepatide) is effective for weight loss. If you're worried about your weight, talk to your doctor to create a plan to help you lose weight.

It's not common, but sometimes people can have a severe allergic reaction to this medicine. If you see signs like a rash or swelling or have trouble breathing, get help from a doctor immediately. These reactions are rare, but acting quickly is essential if you notice any of these symptoms.

If you forget to take Mounjaro, you can take it as soon as you remember, even if it's up to 4 days later. Then, stick to your usual schedule. If it's been more than 4 days, just skip the missed dose and take the next one on your regular day. Remember to space out your Mounjaro doses by at least 3 days (72 hours). Use a reminder, like an alarm or an app on your phone, to help you remember to take your medication and avoid missing any doses.

Sometimes, after getting a shot of Mounjaro, you might have a little reaction at the injection site. Don't worry, it's usually not a big deal, and it goes away by itself. If it bothers you, you can try putting an ice pack on the spot after the injection to help with any pain or swelling. Also, switching where you get the shot each time can prevent these reactions, making it more comfortable for you.

No, Mounjaro is not insulin. It's a special kind of medicine that falls under the category of dual glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. Mounjaro is the first drug of its kind. Even though Mounjaro and insulin do different things in the body, Mounjaro helps your body respond better to insulin. It also signals your pancreas to produce more insulin after you eat. If you're curious about how Mounjaro and insulin compare, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

You can take it anytime, whether you've eaten or not. But picking a specific time each week, like every Saturday at 7 pm, can make it easier to remember. This way, you're less likely to forget a dose and can keep on track with your treatment.