To understand the difference between these medications, let’s start with understanding GLP-1, the general name given to these types of medications:

Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a 30- or 31-amino-acid-long peptide hormone. It is produced and secreted by the body upon food consumption. GLP-1 has the ability to decrease blood sugar levels in a glucose-dependent manner by enhancing the secretion of insulin. Thus, it has been used for years in patients with type 2 diabetes. However, because GLP-1-based treatment has been associated with weight loss and a lower risk of hypoglycemia, certain GLP-1 agonist medications have been approved by the FDA for weight loss treatments and chronic weight loss management. GLP-1 has also shown signs of carrying out protective and regulatory effects in numerous other tissues, including heart, tongue, adipose, muscles, bones, kidneys, liver, and lungs.

What is the difference between Semaglutide and Ozempic®, Rybelsus®, and Wegovy®?
Semaglutide is a GLP-1 receptor agonist and is the generic name of the primary active ingredient in the brand name medications Ozempic®, Wegovy®, and Rybelsus®. The main differences between these brands are that Ozempic® and Wegovy® are offered in an injectable form and Rybelsus® is offered as an oral medication. These brand name medications can be significantly more expensive than the generic form of the same medication, semaglutide, which is only available through medical clinics that work directly with reputable pharmacies, such as Balanced Medical Solutions.

Semaglutide has been used for years to treat Type 2 diabetes, and was recently approved by the FDA for chronic weight management for non-diabetic patients. Studies show it has resulted in an average of 15% of weight loss in clinic trials. It can be used by most patients as a one-time treatment to lose unwanted weight, but it is also approved to help with long-term waste management under the care of a medical provider. Semaglutide has been studied for over five years and is proven safe and effective both for individuals with type 2 diabetes and for those with obesity or who are overweight.

You may be familiar with semaglutide as the “secret” to Khloe and Kim Kardashian’s rapid weight loss or Elon Musk’s admittance that he uses it as well. Fortunately, via the generic option offered at reputable clinics like Balanced Medical Solutions, individuals no longer have to be rich to access its amazing results for themselves.

What is the difference between semaglutide and Mounjaro® and Trulicity®?
The main difference between semaglutide and other similar GLP-1 receptor agonists medications, such as Mounjaro® (tirzepatide) and Trulicity® (dulaglutide), which are circulating on the internet for their weight loss potential, is that Mounjaro® and Trulicity® are not approved by the FDA for medical weight loss in non-diabetic patients. More studies are needed to determine if these other GLP-1 receptor agonist medications will provide the same great results being seen by semaglutide.

Until these medications above undergo further studies and are approved by the FDA, they are not offered at premier weight loss clinics, like Balanced Medical Solutions.

How is Balanced Medical Solutions different from online clinics offering semaglutide?
Balanced Medical Solutions in Hayward, California, offers semaglutide for patients who could benefit from it, but first we make sure it is a good fit. Our initial evaluation aims to get at and treat the root causes of weight gain or the inability to lose weight. Unlike many other weight loss clinics, we offer in-person follow-up visits free of charge to help monitor your progress and assure your success. Once you are a patient with us, you can always come back for free for medical advice related to the areas we specialize in (medical weight loss, hormonal imbalances, sexual health, and anti-aging).

When you come in for your initial evaluation, you will have an in-person medical exam and visit with our specialist. We will run comprehensive tests to help determine if there is a hormonal imbalance or another reason for your weight gain to avoid you rebounding or gaining weight again. We certainly don’t want patients investing time and energy on a prescribed weight loss treatment only to see the weight come back. Thus, our thorough evaluation process helps assure that our patients see lasting success.

Are YOU ready to lose that unwanted weight once and for all?
At Balanced Medical Solutions we see you as the unique and whole individual that you are and work to find the root causes of your weight gain. We aim to provide you with the best treatment options for YOU, based on a comprehensive evaluation, which we offer for only $99 (valued at $800+). This includes labs, a medical consultation with a specialist and free follow-up office visits for life. And of course, we monitor you every step of the way on your journey to make sure you are seeing positive results.

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