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Mounjaro, Wegovy, and Ozempic: what's the difference?

By Joe Young | Medically reviewed by Danielle Brightman

With the surge of attention around weight loss medications in the media, it's essential to cut through the noise and understand what sets Wegovy, Ozempic, and Mounjaro apart. Let's take a look into the specifics of these treatments.

Wegovy (semaglutide)

Wegovy, which contains the active ingredient, semaglutide, is primarily approved for weight management in adults. It’s a GLP-1 receptor agonist which works by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in appetite regulation, leading to reduced hunger and calorie intake. 

Ozempic (semaglutide)

While Ozempic also contains semaglutide, it’s approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It enhances insulin secretion and lowers glucagon secretion - this means it effectively lowers blood sugar levels without significantly increasing the risk of hypoglycemia. 

Mounjaro (tirzepatide)

Mounjaro, which contains the active ingredient tirzepatide, is the latest medication to be approved for weight loss. It’s approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and now weight loss. It targets both GLP-1 and GIP receptors - two appetite-regulating hormones. This dual action supports weight loss. 

Key differences:

Main uses:

  • Wegovy and Mounjaro are approved for weight management.

  • Ozempic is approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

How they work:

  • Wegovy and Ozempic both contain semaglutide which mimics the GLP-1 hormone. They have different dosages and recommendations tailored to their respective uses.

  • Mounjaro targets both GLP-1 and GIP receptors, improving blood sugar control and supporting weight loss.

Clinical outcomes:

A clinician can determine the most safe and effective treatment for you based on a simple online consultation. You’ll need to answer questions about your lifestyle, any medications you’re taking, and treatment preferences. Based on your answers, a clinician will recommend the most suitable treatment for you.

The numan take 

Wegovy and Mounjaro are approved for weight loss, while Ozempic is only approved for managing type 2 diabetes. Ultimately, the decision to start any of these treatments starts with a conversation with a clinician.