We’re diving into Mounjaro dosing information sharing experience from starting to what’s next.
Where do you start and what Mounjaro dosage is next? Let’s look at common questions and look at what a typical schedule could look like in regards to Tirezepatide strengths.
Mounjaro Dosing 101
The Mounjaro dosing schedule, like all things isn’t black and white. While yes, there is a typical schedule that can be followed – we’re looking at the big picture in regards to using Mounjaro for weight loss.
As noted, currently Mounjaro is not FDA approved for weight loss. It is often written off label for obesity and insulin resistance. While Mounjaro is on the fast track for approval, estimates are now that we can expect it in Q4 of 2023 now.
Mounjaro Weight Loss Dosage
The FDA approval that is currently valid is for type-2 diabetes. That said, this is the Mounjaro dosing schedule that is recommended per Lily’s website. Unfortunately, until there is an official Mounjaro FDA approval for weight loss – there is not an official dosing schedule to follow.
This information given is not to be used as medical guidance, please discuss any specific Mounjaro dosing schedule with your doctor.
Type 2 Diabetes Dosing Schedule
While we wait for that official FDA approval and accompanying dosing schedule for Mounjaro in regards to weight loss – here is what the Type 2 schedule looks like.
Mounjaro Starting Dose 2.5 mg
The Mounjaro starting dose is 2.5mg. Per the guidance given by Lily, this Mounjaro 2.5 mg starting dose is not meant for glycemic or blood sugar control.
The initial Mounjaro dose of 2.5mg is intended to kick start your tirezepatide journey. The Mounjaro starting dose is given once per week for 4 weeks. While this dosage doesn’t have an effect on your blood glucose, it does aid in getting your body used to tirezepatide.
Second Month: Mounjaro 5 MG Dosage
After completing 4 injections, and discussing all Mounjaro side effects you are experiencing as well as a medical overview – it’s on to month two. Typically continuing the Mounjaro experience in month 2 means starting the next higher dosage.
The 5mg Mounjaro dosage is where many start noticing the food noise silencing. Since the starting dosage is not intended for glycemic control, this typically kicks in with the increase from Mounjaro 2.5 mg to 5 mg.
Like the 2.5-mg dosage, the Mounjaro 5 mg injection is given once per week. Read our Mounjaro injection guide for help on the various areas it can be injected.
Additional Glycemic Control
Many people find that the Mounjaro 5mg dosage provides enough sustainable glycemic control that an increase is not needed. Of course, any change is something your medical professional will be able to help guide you through.
If there is additional glycemic control needed, after completion of the 2.5 mg and 5 mg dosages – a bump in strength maybe required. Again, this varies for each person.
Dosing Schedule for Mounjaro
After the 5 mg dose, there are four additional increments of Mounjaro dosing that is available. After 5mg when you move to your next dosage will depend on what is recommended by your doctor.
There are multiple factors to determine if a higher dose – or even a lower dose is needed. These can factors can include losing not enough or too much weight, glycemic control, hunger and food noise, a1c, and side effects – in addition to other potential factors determined by your doctor.
Here is the full incremental Mounjaro dosages:
Month 1 – 2.5 mg once weekly – starting dose for 4 weeks
Month 2 – 5 mg once weekly – for at least 4 weeks
Month 3 and Beyond – this can vary depending on the multiple factors listed above.
There are 6 Mounjaro dosages.
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- 7.5 mg
- 10 mg
- 12.5 mg
- 15 mg
Each of the doses comes in a pre-filled pen manufactured by Lilly. Here is more information and instructions from the manufacturer.
What is the Maximum Mounjaro Dose?
The maximum dose of Mounjaro currently available is 15 mg. This may change when an Mounjaro FDA approval for weight loss come in. As it currently stands for type 2 diabetes, 15 mg is the maximum dosage.
Note, that while Mounjaro 15 mg is the maximum dosage – often times weight loss goals are attained at a much lower dosage. Personally, the maximum dosage I maxed out at was 10 mg.
Dosing After You Have Reached Your Weight Loss Goal
Since there is not an official Mounjaro dosing schedule, this is where things can get fuzzy. The question remains, after I lose weight on Mounjaro hitting my goal, will I have to stay on it?
The most common response given by the doctors of TikTok appear to be possibly. Don’t you just love a clear answer like “possibly!” UGH!
Mounjaro Maintenance Schedule
Since Mounjaro has officially been on the market for over a year, many of us have hit our goal weight and are now on a Mounjaro maintenance schedule. Like mentioned above this will vary per person – remember we are all different and our bodies do not all respond the same!
Work with your medical professional to find the right answer in regards to how to maintain weight loss on the correct dosage.
Here are various scenarios that many in the Mounjaro community have followed as goal weight was hit. Again, work with your doctor to determine what is the right fit for you personally.
- Using Mounjaro once every other week, rather than weekly.
- Half dose weekly.
- Delaying injections until food noise returns.
- Slowly moving Mounjaro dosing down incrementally to find what dose allows weight loss maintenance.
- Moving to a once a month Mounjaro injection.
- Finding another alternative to Mounjaro to sustain weight loss and glycemic control.
Alternatives to Mounjaro
Since the original Mounjaro coupon expired on June 30, 2023 – many have had to either pay retail price out of pocket if there is not a type 2 diabetes diagnosis or have moved to another GLP-1 weight loss option such as Wegovy.
While financially it may not make sense for some to continue due to the Mounjaro cost. Work with your doctor and if needed, health insurance to find a good Mounjaro alternative to either continue your weight loss journey.
At the root of finding a Mounjaro alternative is finding ways to continue insulin and glycemic control that will produce similar results to what Tirezepatide has been able to do. That said, exact copycat results shouldn’t be expected.
There has been a lot of buzz lately about Berberine. Talk to your doctor to see if this supplement, Metformin or other GLP-1 weight loss options would work for your weight loss journey and as a Mounjaro alternative.
This information is for educational use only. Any medical advice should be discussed specifically between you and your medical professional. Information provided here is not
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