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Hello, I just started Mounjaro!! I'm on Week 3 of 2.5mg and the appetite suppression is no joke! My doctor put me on this after stalling out at 80 pounds lost post op. Surgery March 2021, stopped losing March 2022 (but haven't gained).

I'd like to hear about anyone else's experience so far, the weight loss has been slow, but I'm hopefully because the scale is finally moving again!!

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I haven't had the surgery yet. Nut my doctor had me on Mounjaro 3 month pre op. Mounjaro is the best appetite suppressant. If I have any stalls I do plan to reach out to my doctor to see if getting back on Mounjaro will be good.

Good luck!

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Thank you! Do you think you still need or want the surgery? I can't wait to go up to 5mg!

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If I didn't have a history of all other weigh loss medications failing I would be convinced not to get the surgery. But I am too far along in the process (surgery on 10/11/22) to stop now. It is the best weight loss medication I've ever experienced. I've recommended to everyone who isn't ready for surgery and I will take it again with a heartbeat LOL.

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Awesome!! The surgery was the best decision I ever made!!!! After the first 1-2 months, smooth sailing!

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22 minutes ago, la0525 said:

Awesome!! The surgery was the best decision I ever made!!!! After the first 1-2 months, smooth sailing!

That's good to hear since I am terrified and starting to wonder if I am doing the right thing. Congrats!! And much success with your journey!

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@KRod6 those feelings are totally normal, you won't regret it! And let me know if you have any ?'s!

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Hi.
50 year old male.
Had bariatric sleeve surgery in June of '19.
Went from 341lbs to 238lbs between the start of the process leading up to surgery (end of 2018) through March of 2020. After Covid hit in March of 2020, I had a lot of changes (as did many) in my life, from quarantine to moving to a different region, etc. With surgery you have a 1 year "Goldilocks" period where you will lose almost all of your weight. After that year, some of your hunger (due to increased Ghrelin production) will return. Unless you learn and incorporate new lifestyle changes (including exercise and eating habits) during that first year, you risk the chance of putting that weight back on. Foods to stay away from are high caloric liquids and ice creams. I found them to be far less difficult to overindulge in vs things such as Pasta I found difficult to eat. I found that I could still go through ice cream and cheese-related Snacks just as frequently) albeit in smaller portions as I did pre-surgery.
Back to our story. I had my most recent physical at the end of last August where I had gone up from 238lb to 274lb. Around this time I noticed my sister-in-law had lost some serious weight from one month to the next. She said she was taking Wegovy. I asked my doctor who instead gave me a sample of the 2.5mg Mounjaro that he had. Now what I write is my personal experience. Not everyone will have the same result. Almost immediately I found that I had the same LACK of appetite that I had post surgery. I don't know if it kick-started the effects of the surgery or if I just have reacted well (so far) to the drug. This question is how I found this thread in the first place. As of yesterday, I have gone down from the aforementioned 274lb to 225lbs. So, that's almost 50lbs in just under 6 months.
Positives: See above.
Side effects: I have fortunately had none up to this point. The most I could say is that I need to go number 2 only a couple of times a week. I don't feel constipated though. So, this could simply be me having less food in my stomach. I have read that other people have experienced things like diarrhea, Constipation, rashes, headaches, and lethargy to name a few. Also if you take insulin, liptor, etc, your doctor will want to monitor you for the first few weeks to make sure your blood sugar levels don't get too low. Again, everyone is different, so I can only tell you my experience.
Administration: 1x a week epi-pen like sub-dermal injection. While some people have complained of pain at the time of administration or itchiness the following day...again, I have had none of that. For me, the process has been painless. In fact, the first time I gave myself a shot, I thought I messed up as I didn't feel anything. Only a pinhead sized dot of blood let me know it was successfully administered. You keep the box (4 pens in box equaling a 1 month supply) refrigerated.
Dosage amounts: You start at 2.5mgs and increase it each 1-2 weeks. So you go on to 5.0, 7.5, 10.0, etc. The highest I think is 15.0mgs. I'm currently at 10.0 and can't even fathom going any higher.
Things to keep in mind (and this is important): 1. Because this is a new drug, there are no generic alternatives to offer, so, this can cost out of pocket over $1K a month. As the medication's current focus is for the treatment of Type-2 diabetes (and pre Type 2), having either of those conditions will help (but not guarantee) the chances of your insurance company covering it. 2. Due to the success many people are finding with Mounjaro, supplies are not always great. I've had to wait 1 week or 2 as they were on back-order.
What do you do once you've reached your goal weight?: This is an interesting question since the drug is so new. In speaking with my doctor, I suggested that maybe taking a maintenance dosage (say back to 2.5mg) may be the way to go. He said that has been the most used idea, but again, this product was only approved by the FDA 8-10 months ago.
That's about it. Sorry for the length of the post, but I tend to over-explain. If you have any questions about the surgery itself, I'd be happy to tell you all that I have experienced.

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@Knix200129 I hope you are doing well. Since being on Mounjaro how much weight in total have you lost thus far?

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I had surgery March 2021 as well. My doctor has been so supportive throughout my whole post op journey. I stalled after a year as well. We tried multiple options to jump start my weight loss again. Mounjaro has definitely been the answer. I have lost a bunch of inches and about 35 lbs so far. It has helped me digest my food easier, helps my hair and nails grow, improves my moods...I can deal with the nausea and cramping and occasional vomiting. I am currently on the 12.5 and doing good. I hope it is working for you!!

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6AA0D876-C799-47BC-AC0A-6B9E82B39793.thumb.jpeg.900b669fdcfdc817be14bee05708bb08.jpegThat’s great to hear!! Yes Mounjaro got me going again. Lost another 30ish pounds since the Fall!! I also joined HotWorx in the Fall and have also dropped lots of inches!! I’m on 10 mg currently!

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A friend of mine had bariatric surgery a few years ago, lost weight and she did slowly gain some weight back. She has been doing these injections for the last few months. She does get sick on occasion, but she has lost another 17 pounds. She looks great! I hope you all do as well!

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That’s awesome! I’ve had so many health concerns reversed and slowly getting the confidence back ☺️

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I just started on wegovy injections this past Monday. I am targeting to lose 40 pounds, I got some padding in there for summer weight vs. winter:)

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