Wegovy® for weight loss prescription online

If you're seeking a prescription for Wegovy® online to aid in your weight management journey, our doctors are here to assist. Speak to one of our trusted, board-certified doctors about whether Wegovy® may be the right choice to help you achieve a healthy body mass index (BMI). Wegovy® is prescribed at your doctor's discretion and as available. Due to a nationwide shortage, your physician may recommend compounded semaglutide (the active ingredient in Wegovy®) as an alternative.*

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Self-administered injectable prescription

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15% average weight loss over roughly 1 year

Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

*Please note that the Wegovy® shortage may impact specific dose strengths, especially starter doses. However, our doctors can still prescribe compounded semaglutide (the active ingredient in Wegovy®) if it’s right for you. Prescriptions for compounded semaglutide are currently restricted to residents in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, WA, WY. Although compounded semaglutide is not FDA-approved, our pharmacy provider complies with all federal and state laws and FDA regulations. Doses of Wegovy® that are in shortage will be available as compounded semaglutide only until the shortage has ended.  Read more about the Wegovy® shortage.

Talk to a doctor online about Wegovy®

Wegovy® is an exciting advancement in medicine – reaching a healthier weight can help you have more energy, boost self-esteem, and reduce your risk for chronic medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. 

Wegovy® is an under-the-skin, self-administered injectable prescription medicine for patients with either:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater

  • A BMI of 27 kg/m2 or greater with at least one weight-related ailment such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or others.


Choosing the proper weight loss treatment for you is a personal decision between you and your doctor. It’s also important to see your doctor regularly during treatment. Our convenient monthly telemedicine appointments help patients meet their health goals with expert, professional medical support. In today’s busy world, we bring world-class medicine right to you.

Wegovy® is a medication for chronic weight management used with diet and exercise. When used in conjunction with lifestyle changes, this weight loss drug can be effective in helping patients lose excess weight. It comes as a pen-injector in a range of doses starting at 0.25 mg and topping out at 2.4 mg.

Wegovy® uses

Wegovy® is FDA-approved for weight loss in obese patients, or overweight patients who also have another weight-related condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or others.

  • Weight loss

    Obesity is a chronic health issue that requires long-term management and is associated with severe health complications, including heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, hormonal concerns for women such as PCOS, arthritis, and certain types of cancer. Losing five to ten percent of body weight can bring impactful health benefits, such as:

    • Reduced risk of heart disease

    • Improved energy

    • Improved blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels


    On June 4, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Wegovy® for adults who suffer from obesity or are overweight. This is the first drug for chronic weight management that has been approved since 2014.

    Combined with a reduced-calorie meal plan and increased physical activity, Wegovy® can be highly effective in helping patients lose weight.

    Dedicated to providing individualized solutions, we recognize Wegovy®  as an outstanding choice; however, we aim to highlight alternatives for patients seeking the most suitable treatment for weight management. Our physicians may recommend or prescribe other GLP-1 options depending on availability and individual preferences. Explore these choices:

    • Semaglutide: Due to shortages, compounded semaglutide may be prescribed as an alternative to branded Wegovy® as long as it remains on the FDA drug shortages list. Although compounded semaglutide is not FDA-approved, our pharmacy provider complies with pertinent federal and state laws and FDA regulations.*

    • Zepbound® (tirzepatide): A breakthrough in weight management, this dual-action GLP-1 and GIP receptor agonist not only aids in regulating blood sugar levels, but also presents a promising avenue for effective weight loss.


    Other medications our doctors may prescribe for weight loss include:


    *As of 4/4/2024, availability for compounded semaglutide is currently limited to residents in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, WA, WY. Although compounded semaglutide is not FDA-approved, our pharmacy provider complies with all federal and state laws and FDA regulations. Doses of Wegovy® that are in shortage will be available as compounded semaglutide only until the shortage has ended.

  • Risk reduction of cardiovascular events 

    Now, Wegovy® isn't just for weight loss; it also can protect against life-threatening cardiovascular events. Recently approved by the FDA in March 2024, Wegovy® is the first weight loss medication to offer this dual benefit.  Heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes are all-too-common risks associated with obesity and being overweight. This FDA-approved medication not only helps you shed excess weight but also can significantly reduce your risk of these potentially deadly cardiovascular events.(4) In a rigorous trial involving over 17,600 participants, Wegovy® significantly reduced the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular death, heart attack, and stroke.(4)  Other medications prescribed to lower the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular events include: 


    Consult with one of our doctors to learn about the best option for your cardiovascular health. 

What are the pros and cons?

Wegovy®

Pros

  • Can help reduce appetite and calorie intake

  • Convenient dosing with once-a-week injection

  • Lose an average of 12% of body weight with diet and exercise over roughly 1 year

Cons

  • May be expensive without insurance coverage

  • Prior authorization may be required with each dose increase

  • Can take a long time for side effects to wear off if you experience them

Wegovy® side effects

Like all drugs, Wegovy® has some side effects. The most common side effects of patients who took Wegovy® were:

How to take Wegovy®

Wegovy® is available as a single-dose, pre-filled pen that you inject into your skin. Once a week, on the same day, you inject yourself with the Wegovy® pen. You can do it at any time, as long as it is the same day each week. You can inject Wegovy® with or without meals.

Wegovy® for weight loss is designed to increase dosage over time to minimize side effects gradually. It is recommended to stay at each Wegovy® dose for at least four weeks. Your doctor will walk you through this process and be there for you each step of the way. It is essential to contact your doctor if you increase your dosage to ensure no adverse side effects.

Multiple pens contain different amounts: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, or 2.4 mg of semaglutide. The standard dosing schedule is:

 

  • Month 1: 0.25 mg once a week

  • Month 2: 0.5 mg once a week

  • Month 3: 1 mg once a week

  • Month 4: 1.7 mg once a week

  • Month 5 and beyond: 2.4 mg once a week

 

After you increase to 2.4 mg, you have completed the escalation process and will continue to use the 2.4 mg semaglutide for as long as you take the drug.

It is also essential to know that a dose increase may not be necessary for some patients as some individuals can have a good weight loss response to even low doses of medication.

What to avoid while taking Wegovy®

  • Although Wegovy® for weight loss has been proven safe and effective and was approved by the FDA, there are still unknown things, such as drug interactions. There have not yet been clinical trials testing Wegovy® in combination with: 

    • Insulin

    • Prescription drugs

    • Over-the-counter drugs

    • Other products intended for weight loss

    • Herbal weight loss products or other supplements

    With Wegovy®, there may be an increased risk for low blood sugar, especially when combined with the above.

    Because drug and insulin interactions with Wegovy® have not yet been studied, talking to your weight loss doctor is vital. You must disclose any personal or family history of medical conditions and all the medicines you take, including any over-the-counter medications, such as daily vitamins or herbal supplements, as they could affect the efficacy or safety of Wegovy®.

Wegovy® prescription FAQs

  • How to get Wegovy® online?

    If you are struggling with weight loss and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater or a BMI of 27 kg/m2 or greater with at least one weight-related ailment, speak to one of our trusted doctors online about getting Wegovy®.

    The evaluation process for Wegovy® can be done online and would include discussing your medical history and current medication and ordering baseline tests to determine if you qualify for a Wegovy® prescription.

  • How much does Wegovy® cost?

    Wegovy® ranges in price at different pharmacies from $1300-1500.  Unfortunately, there is no generic lower-cost version.

    Most insurance plans require extra paperwork that we complete, called prior authorization, before they will consider covering the cost of branded weight loss medications.

  • How much does Wegovy® cost with insurance?

    Insurance coverage for Wegovy® is variable. Some private insurance plans and Medicaid programs cover obesity drugs; Medicare, however, does not. Some public insurance providers view weight loss treatments as lifestyle medications, which they are less likely to cover. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider to see what coverage options, if any, you have

    Most insurance providers require prior authorization in order to consider covering weight loss medications.

    Your PlushCare physician and care team will reach out to your insurer on your behalf, and this process can take several business days. If you are denied prior authorization or do not have health insurance, you may still purchase the medication at the full cash price.

  • Is Wegovy® for weight loss effective?

    Yes, Wegovy® is effective for weight loss; people taking it for about one year lose an average of 15% of their body weight.

  • Is Wegovy® available now?

    Unfortunately, there is a global shortage of Wegovy® at the starting doses that is predicted to last into 2024. To consult with a doctor about Wegovy® and other weight loss treatment options, including compounded semaglutide*, schedule an appointment for an online doctor visit with one of our board-certified professionals.

    Currently, we offer compounded semaglutide at a flat rate of $299 monthly as a cash-pay option. It is exclusively available as a cash-pay option and not available for insurance coverage, nor does it contribute to a pharmacy deductible. However, you have the option to submit the cost for potential reimbursement through HSA/FSA, although we do not accept HSA/FSA cards as payment.

    *Availability for compounded semaglutide is currently limited to residents in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, WA, WY. Although compounded semaglutide is not FDA-approved, our pharmacy provider complies with all federal and state laws and FDA regulations. Doses of Wegovy® that are in shortage will be available as compounded semaglutide only until the shortage has ended.

  • How much weight can you lose with Wegovy®?

    Over a 68-week clinical trial, patients treated with Wegovy® lost an average of 15% body weight.1 In the study, that meant an average weight loss of 33 pounds. Those who did not receive Wegovy® in the trial lost only six pounds, on average. The weight loss medication is most effective when combined with a reduced-calorie meal diet and increased physical activity.

  • How long do you take Wegovy® for weight loss?

    Wegovy® is FDA-approved for long-term or chronic weight management. Once you reach your goal weight, you’ll create an individualized plan with your PlushCare doctor to set you up for long-term success.

  • How does Wegovy® help you lose weight?

    Wegovy® helps patients lose weight by increasing the activity of a hormone that we all have called GLP-1. Normally, this hormone shows up after we eat to help the body do a better job of taking sugar out of the blood, reducing cravings, slowing digestion, and helping us feel full. Wegovy® increases GLP-1, helping you feel all of that with smaller amounts of food than you would normally. In this way, Wegovy® can help you lose weight by helping you stick to a reduced-calorie diet, resulting in weight loss over the long term.

  • What is the difference between Ozempic® and Wegovy®?

    Although Wegovy® is the same chemical as Ozempic®, semaglutide, the main differences between Wegovy® and Ozempic® are their intended consumer and the slight differences in dosing. Wegovy® was created for and can be used by anyone who is overweight and has health concerns, while Ozempic® is FDA-approved only for patients with type 2 diabetes.

    That being said, they have a lot in common. Novo Nordisk manufactures them both with the same active ingredient, semaglutide. However, the amount of semaglutide differs, with Wegovy’s final amount of semaglutide being 2.4 mg and Ozempic® having four dosing options: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg.

3 simple steps to discuss your Wegovy® prescription online

Step 1

Book an appointment to discuss Wegovy®.

During your first visit, your PlushCare doctor will review your medical history and health goals.

Step 2

Talk to your doctor regarding your online Wegovy® prescription.

Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer. Often, lab work is required, and they’ll send an order to your preferred lab. Once your results are available, your doctor will review them with you and discuss treatment options in a second appointment.

Step 3

Pick up Wegovy® prescription, if prescribed.

If medication is prescribed, it will be sent to your pharmacy of choice. Learn more about the cost of Wegovy® and whether a prior authorization is needed in the FAQ section.

Wegovy® prescription pricing details

How pricing works

To get a new or refill on your Wegovy® prescription, join our monthly membership and book an appointment today.*

Paying with insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

Copay

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

$129

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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*If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund. Please note that any medication or lab work costs are not included.

Sources:

PlushCare is dedicated to providing you with accurate and trustworthy health information.

  1. The New England Journal of Medicine. Once-Weekly Semaglutide in Adults with Overweight or Obesity. Accessed on August 29, 2023 at
    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2032183.

  2. SAGE Journals. Wegovy®: A New Weight Loss Drug for Chronic Weight Management. Accessed on August 29, 2023 at
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1136/jim-2021-001952.

  3. Novo Nordisk. Updates about Wegovy. Accessed on August 29, 2023 at
    https://www.novonordisk-us.com/supply-update.html.

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