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Getting Ozempic knockoffs from compounding pharmacies with a prescription from an online doctor

is what I did. Got me some semaglutide - a single vial that contained 3 months worth of the drug for about $900.

I was supposed to take increasing doses of semaglutide every week in 4 week tranches: 2.5 units for weeks, then 5, then 10, then 20.

Instead of taking weekly doses, though, I spaced the doses out more to try to force my body to get used to eating less without being under the effects of semaglutide.

I'm now about 4 months in and am down about 25 pounds.

by Anonymousreply 78July 19, 2024 9:44 PM

OP, good for you, if you can afford it. I'm with Bernie on this one. You shouldn't have to pay that much to get a drug that has the potential to dramatically impact your health and well being.

I'm in a different boat. I'm a Type 1 diabetic -- diagnosed late in life in my early early 40s -- sometimes colloquially known as "Type 1.5". And my doctor thinks I may be becoming insulin resistant -- having to take ever increasing amounts of insulin every day to diminished results, despite doing everything else (diet, exercise, rest) correctly. He's had a lot of success adding GLP-1's (like Ozempic) to the regimens of patients with similar profiles as mine, as they can reduce your A1C and reduce the amount of insulin you need, but it is always a battle with insurance to get it covered since they're only FDA approved for use on Type 2 patients. And, the drugmakers aren't rushing out to do trials with Type 1 patients because we're apparently a less profitable pool than those with Type 2 and/or obesity sufferers. So frustrating.

But, still, happy for you! Let us know how it goes for you!

by Anonymousreply 1May 31, 2024 10:32 AM

Ignoring the doctor and designing your own treatment protocol, dosing, etc, seems like the best way to go! 🤡👍

by Anonymousreply 2May 31, 2024 10:34 AM

I just can't with these until there's more long-term data.

by Anonymousreply 3May 31, 2024 10:34 AM

"Ignoring the doctor and designing your own treatment protocol, dosing, etc, seems like the best way to go!"

Grandma used a pill splitter and lived to her early 90s with fantastic mobility and mental sharpness. I'm kind of ok with a DIY approach, since the actual approach - same treatment plan for everyone - isn't really thought out well to start with.

by Anonymousreply 4May 31, 2024 10:50 AM

Grandma also went to church every Sunday, so she was in God's good graces. Do *you* go to church every Sunday, whore?

by Anonymousreply 5May 31, 2024 10:58 AM

[quote] was supposed to take increasing doses of semaglutide every week in 4 week tranches: 2.5 units for weeks, then 5, then 10, then 20.

That’s an overdose, OP

by Anonymousreply 6May 31, 2024 11:19 AM

I'm sure that's what my online Nigerian doctor prescribed, R6.

by Anonymousreply 7May 31, 2024 11:23 AM

I think the doctor was in Indiana, R7. Illinois, maybe? But an "I" state for sure.

by Anonymousreply 8May 31, 2024 11:25 AM

R3 there is plenty of data. Ozempic has been around for qb years.

by Anonymousreply 9May 31, 2024 11:30 AM

Ugh haven’t had my morning coffee. I meant 10 years at r9.

by Anonymousreply 10May 31, 2024 11:30 AM

I found a grub under a rock this morning..

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by Anonymousreply 11May 31, 2024 11:54 AM

OP, that's about 1.4 lb a week weight loss. You need expensive drugs to lose that little?

by Anonymousreply 12May 31, 2024 12:14 PM

I’ll no longer be able to hear about semaglutides without thinking of this…

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by Anonymousreply 13May 31, 2024 12:26 PM

I watched that episode yesterday R13. It was very good.

by Anonymousreply 14May 31, 2024 12:29 PM

Trey Parker could use some Ozempic.

by Anonymousreply 15May 31, 2024 1:14 PM

r12 not the OP but if they are insulin resistant then yes.

by Anonymousreply 16May 31, 2024 1:17 PM

Are you still shovelling MacDonald's down your gob OP?

R2 is spot on.

by Anonymousreply 17May 31, 2024 1:28 PM

It's definitely possible to do this, because when a drug is in shortage, companies are allowed to make a compounded version. I've been fighting with my insurance company to try and get them to cover Wegovy but they deny it - I guess their CEO needs another boat or something. So because of this I've gone to Hims and they have it for $200/month (if you buy a 12 month supply).

Good for you, OP.

by Anonymousreply 18May 31, 2024 1:57 PM

what is "Hims", please?

by Anonymousreply 19May 31, 2024 1:59 PM

Hims.com is a website that started out giving erectile dysfunction pills via Telehealth visits. Now they've grown and have started multiple healthcare lines including weight loss, hair loss, and the like.

by Anonymousreply 20May 31, 2024 2:10 PM

I used ro.com

by Anonymousreply 21May 31, 2024 2:22 PM

I have a prescription for Mounjaro but can’t find it at any reputable pharmacy near me!

I did find a place near me but I don’t know anything about the place. They charge $45 for a 30-minute telemedicine appointment and sell Mounjaro at $550 for a 5 week prescription. Even with Goodrx, it will cost me $1000+/4 week dosage, IF it’s ever available.

by Anonymousreply 22May 31, 2024 3:14 PM

"Mounjaro!" (1954)- A dashing explorer (Charlton Heston) travels to Africa with a team to scale Mt. Rybelsus and find the mythic Novo-Nor Disc for Sheik Wegovi (Edward G. Robinson). But he gets sidetracked by the beautiful temptress Zepbound (Ava Gardner). Queen Ozempia: Agnes Moorehead. And introducing Tony Curtis.

by Anonymousreply 23May 31, 2024 3:30 PM

Your doctor should be able to send the scrip to any compounding factory, but just be careful, if you can find a lab that does injections check the FDA site first to see if it's nasty, a lot of them are. California has laws making it expensive or hard to get from a compounding factory, but other states make it a lot easier. In AZ I pay $200 (not covered by insurance) for a little vial; although they say it expires my doctor was like "yeah it's still good" and it is, it lasted about 3 months, I'm on my second vial. I started in Dec at 220 because I'm a fat pig and I'm at 165 today, goal is to get to "not overweight" on the BMI. I'm super responsive to it though, I'm still at 1.25 (or 12.5) and 1.5's side effects are too strong.

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by Anonymousreply 24May 31, 2024 3:48 PM

i was able to fill my prescription at Walmart. The pharmacy tech was really helpful. She called the pharmacy my doctor sent the prescription to originally and had them send it over. She also told me about the discount offered through the manufacturer.

My first month's prescription was only $25. My insurance company is covering this first month and then I have to have my doctor submit for prior authorization, which I'm pretty sure will be turned down. If I understood the pharma tech correctly, with the coupon, it should only cost me $35 a month through the end of this year. If not, I'm prepared to pay for it out of pocket.

Injected myself yesterday for my first dose. I'll provide an update as I get through the month.

by Anonymousreply 25June 4, 2024 2:02 PM

Putting the dose up every week seems like a lot. My doctor wanted me on 0.25 for a month before seeing me again to discuss whether to put the dose up. You'd be risking a lot of side effects to increase it so sharply (assuming you're not diabetic and there was a medical reason). I don't know anyone, even diabetic, who is on more than 1.0.

by Anonymousreply 26June 4, 2024 2:36 PM

Has OP died yet?

by Anonymousreply 27June 4, 2024 2:38 PM

R25 - only $35? Is there an income requirement to get such a low monthly cost?

by Anonymousreply 28June 4, 2024 7:55 PM

My cardiac specialist prescribed Ozempic for me, because I have been gaining weight. However insurance turned it down because you need a BMI of 27 to qualify. Makes me wonder if I should splurge for the $600 a month price tag

by Anonymousreply 29June 4, 2024 10:16 PM

R27, alive and kicking!

Being down 25 pounds is amazing. My lower back hurts much less, I sleep so much better, I don’t huff and puff going upstairs.

by Anonymousreply 30June 4, 2024 10:19 PM

R28, I thought there was but, apparently not. I make a very low 6 figure salary. I applied for the coupon and was approved, from what I could tell. When I refill it next month, I’ll let you know. Remember to go to GoodRX.

by Anonymousreply 31June 5, 2024 12:18 AM

I asked my Dr. for a prescription for Ozempic but he said no. He said I should lose weight but he would be a bad Dr. if he prescribed me anything. I’d like to lose about 20 lbs.

by Anonymousreply 32June 5, 2024 12:30 AM

Your doctor is right, r32, he’s a bad doctor, but it’s for not prescribing Ozempic.

by Anonymousreply 33June 5, 2024 12:56 AM

Cosmo here; aka R31. I just picked up my second month's prescription and paid only $35 at Walmart.

For those getting their injectables from a compounding pharmacy, do you take the prescription from your doctor to the CP or is there another way to do it? Just asking because, after 12/31/24, I won't be able to use the maunfacturer's coupon for the discount. GoodRx shows a price of about $1100 per month at Walmart with their discount. My local Shop Rite would be $1035/month with GoodRx but they seldom have it.

by Anonymousreply 34June 25, 2024 8:03 PM

I tried this shit and felt AWFUL on it, even after the first dose. I felt hypoglycemic…lightheaded and in a brain fog that wouldn’t go away. I don’t think non-diabetics should be taking this shit that fucks with glucose metabolism. And plus it’s a weekly injection, so if you have side effects…it takes at least a week or more to get out of your system.

by Anonymousreply 35June 25, 2024 8:07 PM

R26. I’m on 3.0mg (am a Type II diabetic). I’d been on 1.5 for a few years, but my A1C wasn’t budging. I’ve been on 3.0 for about three months. A1C is still at 7.4, but I lost another 15 lbs in the three months. Now the weather is warm, I’m trying to walk 2 miles several times a week. And the Trulicity does curb my appetite. Three pounds from being merely overweight instead of obese.

by Anonymousreply 36June 25, 2024 8:11 PM

R35, it affects everyone differently. Before I stated MJ, I asked my doctor about the complaint of nausea and she said to make sure I eat something before I take my shot. I have a light breakfast and then take my shot around 10 am on Mondays. i've experienced no side effect.

I wasn't really paying attentiont to my diet so I'm only down about 5 pounds but I'm working on diet and exercise this time around.

by Anonymousreply 37June 25, 2024 9:25 PM

OP and others: I've lost 27 pounds since May 1st, and I'm doing it the old-fashioned way: diet and exercise and no drugs.

I'm up to 50 minutes of cardio 5 days a week.

I'm 71.

by Anonymousreply 38June 25, 2024 9:32 PM

I was born with thin genes, I'm grateful I don't need to worry about my weight. Ozempic is not approved by the FDA which would give me pause.

by Anonymousreply 39June 25, 2024 10:10 PM

WTF are you saying R39? Ozempic *is* approved by the FDA. Otherwise it wouldn't be available in the United States.

by Anonymousreply 40June 26, 2024 2:20 AM

Ozempic is approved by the FDA. Wegovy and Mounjaro are also FDA approved.

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide are the active ingredient of Ozempic and Mounjaro. You can get Semaglutide and Tirzepatide that are made in a compounding pharmacy. They are “not FDA approved.” .

But they are legal.

Because there is a shortage of Ozempic and Mounjaro.

If there is a shortage of an FDA approved drug, then it can be made in a compound pharmacy. You need a prescription. Of your doctor won5 give you one you can look for a weight loss clinic nearby or online. Online they will give you a video visit.

My GP runs a weight loss clinic on the side. She lost a lot of weight I’ve the years, I just thought she’d had lots of liposuction but she’s been using GLP 1 for years for weight loss herself.

You need a zofran prescription. They cost me $2 for a month’s supply on Medicare. They are for nausea and I needed them for the first few months on Sema. You should start sema at 0.25 mg. Most probably you’ll be nauseous. I ate one slice of pizza and puked it right up. Not because it’s “fatty,” but because it was too much food. I found myself unable to eat much. That’s hiwnyi7 lose weight. You’re not hungry. In fact I had to force myself to eat and drink.

Dont panic Your body gets used to it. Do not increase your dosage more than once a month. The zofran stops nausea. Take it about 40 minutes you take your injection. Eat small portions. Protein - turkey, chicken, eggs, cheese (those small squares of cheddar or Gouda). Some people eat protein bars or have protein drinks but I hate them because they taste like chemicals.

I didn’t lose weight for 2 months. Then I started losing slowly after about 5 months my weight loss sped up. I needed to lose 40 lbs and it took me about 10 months.

Now I’m on Tirzepatide for maintenance but it has no effect on me.

by Anonymousreply 41June 27, 2024 12:56 AM

I don’t understand why after being on the market for several years now these fda drugs are still in shortage. These companies didn’t expect a high demand?

by Anonymousreply 42June 27, 2024 1:22 AM

I’ve been using FuturHealth, which is much like Ro. You do video visits and the compounded semaglutides are UPS’d from various pharmacies. I’ve lost 40 lbs since March with no significant side effects. The important thing is to eat lots of veggies and fruit to stay regular.

by Anonymousreply 43June 27, 2024 1:31 AM

R42 it's not the drug itself that is in short supply, it's the drug makers patented "delivery systems" which are injectable "pens" that make injecting it dummy-proof. They cannot make the pens fast enough.

Personally I think the pens are a waste of plastic which ends up in landfills. I don't mind filling my own syringes if it means not living in worry that I won't be able to get my meds. Lots cheaper, too.

by Anonymousreply 44June 27, 2024 10:28 AM

R44 You are correct. My pharmacy charges over $1000 more a month if you chose the “pen” instead of a vial of the serum and four syringes. My husband is a nurse so it’s no big deal for him to inject me. But I know people who do it themselves with no problem.

by Anonymousreply 45June 27, 2024 2:34 PM

Thanks for the info r44. I had no idea it was the pens that were holding up production.

by Anonymousreply 46June 27, 2024 2:37 PM

I inject myself with no problem. But I was a nurse and I took IVF drugs which involved subcutaneous and intramuscular injections. SubQ injections are no problem. Also my cat has diabetes so I’m used to injecting her and have plenty of syringes.

I use a sharps container from Amazon and drop it off at police precinct when it’s full.

I like that I can determine my own dose. 1mg was too much for me. So I let it wear off for a few weeks. Then I restarted at 0.25mg. The following month I went up to 0.5 mg. Then 0.75mg.

Then tried 1 mg again….same thing. Too much. So I went back down again.

It’s harder to do that with automatic pens.

by Anonymousreply 47June 27, 2024 5:35 PM

My doctor increased prices. $350/month Semaglutide, $450/month Tirzepatide. Anywhere online cheaper?

by Anonymousreply 48June 27, 2024 5:38 PM

R48 I use Emerge and have been extremely pleased with them.

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by Anonymousreply 49June 27, 2024 5:43 PM

my friend was taking the ozempic knockoffs in the beginning but she ran out after a few months. So another friend who stopped doing ozempic gave her the pens and my friend is taking those instead but she is not losing weight on them. she still feels like shit. so I don't even see what the fucking point is. However, she's the lazy type who likes short cuts, she doesn't like to do hard work of exercising etc, she would rather take a pill. she's just a fucking pig.

by Anonymousreply 50June 27, 2024 5:51 PM

R48 I pay $95 a month for the medical referral and $229 a month for the semaglutide compound with syringes through FuturHealth.

by Anonymousreply 51June 27, 2024 5:57 PM

[R34] What? Do you mean physically take a prescription into a location? I don't think I've ever had a paper prescription, the doctors office calls it into the pharmacy/lab for you, you just give the doctor the name and address of the pharmacy

by Anonymousreply 52June 27, 2024 11:04 PM

Thanks, R52. I wasn’t sure how compound pharmacies worked.

by Anonymousreply 53June 27, 2024 11:28 PM

I've lost 100 lbs by eating less and exercising. I refuse to give big pharma anymore money

by Anonymousreply 54June 28, 2024 12:07 AM

[r53] The way I did it was look for compound pharmacies in my area (I just googled), then checked the FDA list, then called the ones I was comfortable with and asked them and ask if they do injections, if they did, I asked if they fill smeglutide, then if they did, I asked how much they put in a vial and how much it is. I got to three in the Phoenix area that seemed okay, did a reddit/review search, picked one, and have not died from anything yet. I've lost 60 lbs :)

by Anonymousreply 55June 28, 2024 1:08 AM

R48, OP here. I got a 3 month supply for $900.

The place I actually “went” to was henrymeds. The name sounds ridiculous but they prescribed semaglutide from a compounding pharmacy that sent it to me.

Everything was online and pretty simple.

I’m down about 28 pounds now.

by Anonymousreply 56June 28, 2024 1:13 AM

For what it's worth, OP, I was told that there is no need to increase the dosage as long as you are getting results. I've lost about 100 pounds in a little more than a year and have never gone over .25.

by Anonymousreply 57June 28, 2024 5:18 PM

My doctor said I should stay at the initial dosage of MJ. She wants me to focus on healthy eating and exercise. I’m fine with that. I’m following the GLP-1 plan with WW.

by Anonymousreply 58June 28, 2024 8:08 PM

Let’s say one changes their eating habits for better—whole foods, portion control, etc. and also incorporates an excercise regime and reaches their ideal weight. The new lifestyle changes have stuck and the weight has been kept off for 6 months.

If the person goes off Ozempic will they gain the weight back? Has the drug altered the gut in a way that it needs the drug in order to maintain the desired weight or will the new eating habits suffice?

by Anonymousreply 59June 28, 2024 8:17 PM

Whenever I've been a day or two late taking my weekly dose my hunger comes roaring back.

by Anonymousreply 60June 28, 2024 8:33 PM

For those on semaglutide, the two side effects I had to find out about firsthand were the higher resting heart rate and the VIVID dreams. While I have thoroughly enjoyed the dreams (except the one nightmare I had), I have hated my high resting heart rate. Before taking the med it was in the high 50s or low 60s every night. Now? I'm lucky if it's below 75. Low resting heart rate is an indicator of good heart health and I can't help but think that the higher mine goes, the more unhealthy I am.

I'm really considering going off the medication because of this.

by Anonymousreply 61June 28, 2024 11:08 PM

Vanity Fair June 2024 has article about counterfeit Ozempic (and similar).

by Anonymousreply 62June 30, 2024 3:10 PM

[R61] Vivid dreams sounds like a way cooler side effect than nausea. I'm kind of jealous. My heart rate is up, it used to be very low and sometimes the nurses would look at it and check me to make sure I'm wasn't in trouble. But not since Smeglutide! The internet says it raises it about 10 beats a minute. It's okay for me because I'd rather die thin than keep living fat.

by Anonymousreply 63June 30, 2024 10:00 PM

Too bad they can't make vaccine to stop obesity, then no more semiglutides!

by Anonymousreply 64July 1, 2024 2:47 AM

Just stop eating so much, weight problem solved!

by Anonymousreply 65July 1, 2024 3:06 AM

It's very hard to lose weight, it's a social condition now, I also lost my my weight naturally, thru stress and disease!!! There's a pill for that now, along with a pill not to get HIV, so you can bareback like your skank mommy!

by Anonymousreply 66July 1, 2024 3:14 AM

I got semaglutide through Henrymed 4 weeks ago. I have felt nothing-no nausea-no change in appetite-nothing! I contacted them today to get another online appointment. The one thing I noticed was that the package it was sent in had a small bag of water in it-I assume it used to be frozen. Could getting warm or hot in the mail have destroyed the medicine?

by Anonymousreply 67July 9, 2024 4:00 AM

It took you four months to lose 25 pounds? On this radical, expensive, illicit “diet” you’re on?

I’ve seen many people lose more weight than that in less time than that, and they didn’t inject any quack medicine. They just modified their diet, exercised, and took direct responsibility for their health.

Paying out the ass for miracle cures won’t get you where you truly need to be. Lasting weight loss comes from adjusting your relationship with food, and adjusting the choices you make every day. It’s no different than getting your stomach stapled so you can lose weight while still eating Ring-Dings for breakfast.

Can’t any of you hoes try a diet? Ketogenic? Intermittent fasting?

by Anonymousreply 68July 9, 2024 4:13 AM

How addicted to snacks can you be that you can’t just eat 1800-2200 calories a day without a pill that might cause you all kinds of problems

by Anonymousreply 69July 9, 2024 12:02 PM

[quote] If the person goes off Ozempic will they gain the weight back

If I stop taking my blood pressure medication, will my blood pressure go up?

If I stop taking my arthritis medication, will my pain come back?

Is the reason why my blood pressure is normal on blood pressure medication, and why I don’t get as bad pain when taking my arthritis medication…..is it because my medication works?

by Anonymousreply 70July 11, 2024 12:42 AM

Hope you shut down before summer’s end

by Anonymousreply 71July 11, 2024 12:44 AM

You're no longer allowed to sleep over at my house, OP.

by Anonymousreply 72July 11, 2024 12:55 AM

As with PreP and viagra, the Indian generics will be along shortly.

Meanwhile, OP, I think that the reason for gradually escalating doses is to acclimate your body to the medication and minimise side effects, which I don't think you can do if you go week on, week off. But what do I know, ask the doctor you are presently ignoring.

by Anonymousreply 73July 11, 2024 12:59 AM

What could possible go wrong?

by Anonymousreply 74July 11, 2024 1:34 AM

R73 What? The postman bearing Mexican medications isn’t a doctor?

by Anonymousreply 75July 11, 2024 1:49 AM

Has anyone tried the new oral Tirzepatide?

by Anonymousreply 76July 19, 2024 7:27 PM

Surely it’s just easier to eat less, particularly carbs, and move more than go through all this carry on?

by Anonymousreply 77July 19, 2024 8:52 PM

There's nothing wrong with Indian meds, they are approved by the FDA and they are there observing, my HIV drugs have come from India, also from Ireland and Israel, the three I's! I order Meloxicam for the dogs from India, if it's good enough me, it's good enough for my dogs. Your meds don't always come from America, check the label everytime.

None of these can have generics you cunt, busted you bitch, go fuck your retard child.

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