How to Get Mounjaro Online

Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

Reviewed by Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

Written by Rachel Sacks

Published 05/29/2024

Injectable weight loss medications have quickly risen in popularity — and for good reason, as they’re effective tools that help many people reach their weight loss goals. And if you’re considering one of these medications, you might want to get it online.

One option for these medications is Mounjaro®, an injectable medication that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for type 2 diabetes and used off-label as a weight loss drug. Since it’s a safe and effective GLP-1 drug for both diabetes and weight management, you might be wondering how to get Mounjaro online as an easy and relatively fast option.

While a visit with a licensed healthcare professional is the best way to determine if this medication is right for you, we’ll cover how to get a Mounjaro® prescription online.

Whether used for diabetes or weight loss, Mounjaro is only available as a prescription medication from a healthcare provider.

The good news is that you can get a Mounjaro prescription by visiting your doctor in person or using telehealth services.

To buy Mounjaro online, you’ll need a virtual consultation with a healthcare professional to discuss a treatment plan and determine whether this drug is best for you.

If you’re prescribed Mounjaro, you can often order the prescription directly through the platform you did your consultation on. Depending on the platform, you can then pick it up at your local pharmacy or choose home delivery.

Several telehealth platforms offer prescriptions for Mounjaro and other compounded GLP-1 medications, which are mixtures of active ingredients tailored to your needs. A doctor may also prescribe a compounded medication when other medications are in short supply.

Recently, there’s been a shortage of tirzepatide, the active ingredient in Mounjaro, which has led to an increase in prescriptions for compounded GLP-1 weight loss medications.

There have been other ongoing weight loss drug shortages, so buying compounded weight loss medications like Mounjaro or semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic®) through online pharmacies could be a good option. 

However, while compounded medications can help people continue their treatments  — sometimes at a lower cost — they’re not FDA-approved and may have more safety risks.

This is why it is so important to order Mounjaro online from a licensed compounding pharmacy you can trust.

When looking for an online pharmacy, beware of ones that:

  • Don’t require a prescription

  • Aren’t licensed in the U.S. and by your state board of pharmacy

  • Don’t have a licensed pharmacist on staff

  • Send medicine in broken or damaged packaging or in a foreign language

  • Send medication without an expiration date or that’s expired

  • Offer prices that seem too good to be true

  • Sell your information to other websites

You’ll want to order only from pharmacies that require a prescription, have a physical U.S. address and phone number, are licensed with a state board pharmacy, and have a licensed pharmacist on staff to answer questions — for example, the Hers telehealth platform for compounded semaglutide. 

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Below, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Mounjaro and how to buy this medication online.

Can I Buy Mounjaro Online?

Yes, but you need a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional.

There’s also a tirzepatide shortage, so healthcare professionals may not be able to prescribe Mounjaro. Instead, they may offer alternative or compounded GLP-1 medications that work similarly.

Can I Get Mounjaro Over the Counter?

No, you can’t safely buy Mounjaro over-the-counter because it requires a prescription.

How Much Does Mounjaro Cost?

The cost of Mounjaro can vary depending on many factors, including:

  • Your insurance coverage

  • The dosage you’re prescribed

  • Which pharmacy you use

For a rough idea, the cost of Mounjaro is just over $1,000 per fill, but the amount you pay will largely depend on your prescription drug insurance plan.

Most insurance companies don’t cover the off-label use of prescription drugs. If you’re concerned about the cost of Mounjaro, check with your insurance provider about your coverage.

There are also more affordable weight loss treatments, like Hers comprehensive weight loss programs.

How Does Mounjaro Work?

Mounjaro is an injectable medication administered once per week. It works by mimicking the effects of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), hormones that stimulate insulin secretion to regulate blood sugar levels.

This means that Mounjaro is a GIP receptor agonist and a GLP-1 receptor agonist, and it can cause weight loss by reducing your appetite and helping you feel fuller.

Are There Risks to Taking Mounjaro?

Like any medication, Mounjaro comes with potential side effects.

The most common side effects of Mounjaro include:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Abdominal pain

  • Indigestion

  • Decreased appetite

There’s also a risk of more serious adverse effects from Mounjaro, such as:

  • Pancreatitis

  • Hypoglycemia, if you take an insulin secretagogue or insulin

  • Acute gallbladder disease

  • Acute kidney injury

  • Severe gastrointestinal disease

Will Mounjaro Work for Me?

The short answer is that it depends.

Studies have shown that tirzepatide can lead to a five to 15 percent reduction in body weight in people with type 2 diabetes and obesity. In these same studies, tirzepatide was also more effective than other GLP-1 medications and placebos.

However, the effectiveness of any medication, including weight loss medications, depends on each individual.

Mounjaro and other weight loss drugs also work best to reduce body weight when used in combination with healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a nutritious diet, regular physical activity, quality sleep, and reduced stress.

There are plenty of alternatives to Mounjaro for weight loss.

Zepbound®, for example, has the same active ingredient as Mounjaro but is FDA-approved for weight loss. Your doctor may prescribe Zepbound instead of Mounjaro, depending on the availability of the drugs and whether you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Other weight loss injections include:

  • Wegovy, which is a higher-dose version of Ozempic

  • Saxenda® (liraglutide)

  • Victoza® (liraglutide)

Weight loss medications that don’t involve a needle include:

You can buy anything online these days, but if you’re considering buying Mounjaro online, know that it requires a bit more than just having your credit card number memorized.

  • Used for managing type 2 diabetes and off-label for weight loss, Mounjaro requires a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional.

  • If you have a Mounjaro prescription, you can order the medication online. Be sure to check that the online pharmacy you use has a licensed pharmacist on staff, is licensed with a state board pharmacy, has a physical U.S. address, and requires a prescription.

  • Mounjaro may be expensive and not covered by all insurance plans. Its availability may also be limited, as there is currently a shortage of its active ingredient.

Mounjaro is just one of many weight loss medications that can be part of an effective toolkit for weight management. You can explore other weight loss treatment plans online and find the right one for you.

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