How To Store Your Trulicity® Pen
- Store your new, unused Trulicity® pens in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F.
- Trulicity® pens are single-use. Don’t attempt to use them multiple times.
- You can travel with your pen as long as you use it within 14 days.
- Dispose of your pens in a heavy-duty plastic storage container or an FDA-approved sharps container. The pen is not recyclable.
What If I Miss a Dose of Trulicity®?
- If you miss a dose of Trulicity®, please take that dose within 72 hours of when you were originally supposed to take your scheduled dose.
- If it has been more than 9 days since you missed your last dose and you are taking a dose higher than 0.25mg (the starting dose), it is recommended that you temporarily decrease your dose to the starting dose of 0.25mg, to lessen the risk of significant side effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
When Should I Stop Taking Trulicity®?
- At the beginning of the Pine Medical program, you communicate your goal weight to your Pine Medical physician. If you achieve your goal weight or achieve a body mass index (BMI) less than 27, message your doctor. Your doctor may recommend you transition to a maitenance dose to maintain your weight loss.
- If you believe you may have a BMI less than 30, please proactively communicate with your doctor every month regarding your current weight because it may inform the dosage for future prescriptions.
Refilling Your Prescription &
Communicating with Your Pine Medical Physician
How To Refill Your Trulicity® Prescription
For the initial four to six months of the Pine Medical program, refilling your Trulicity® prescription requires a monthly check-in with your Pine Medical physician. During this check-in, your physician will evaluate your weight-loss progress and determine whether it is safe to prescribe a higher dose of Trulicity®.
The goal of the monthly check-in with your physician is to determine the proper dose of Trulicity® which will optimize your weight-loss progress while minimizing side effects.
Every month, we will reach out to via email during Week 3 to initiate your check-in with your physician. You can also initiate a checkin by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When You Should Message Your Pine Medical Physician
You are able to message your physician at any time through the Pine Medical messaging portal. In addition, below are specific times you should reach out to your Pine Medical physician:
- If you have not taken a dose of medication in the last 10 days.
- Any time you experience severe side effects.
- Any time you have been hospitalized with other medical conditions, or started new medications.
- Any time your BMI is less than 27.
Additional Trulicity® FAQs
What Are Common Side Effects of Trulicity®?
Please message your Pine Medical physician if you are experiencing any side effects. They can provide guidances on how to reduce side effects or may adjust your dosage.
Call 911 or go to an emergency room if you feel like you are experiencing a medical emergency.
- Common side effects of Trulicity® include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, dyspepsia, dizziness, abdominal distension, flatulence, gastroenteritis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
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- Because nausea is most common in customers beginning treatment with Trulicity® you will be prescribed generic Zofran (ondansetron) to help alleviate nausea, which will be available at your local pharmacy with your Trulicity™ prescription. ONLY take this medication if you have significant nausea.
Who Should Not Take Trulicity®?
Your Pine Medical physician evaluated your health history prior to writing your initial prescription based on the medical intake form you filled out when signing up for Pine Medical. As a result, some patients may not be eligible to take Trulicity®. If you develop any of these conditions after starting your prescription, please stop using Trulicity® and reach out to your Pine Medical physician right away.
- Family or personal history of medullary thyroid cancer
- Family of personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia Type 2 (MEN-2) syndrome
- Patients with a prior serious hypersensitivity reaction to Trulicity or any other GLP-1 receptor agonist.
- Currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the next two months
- Currently breastfeeding
- Retinopathies (diseases of the retina)
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Serious gastrointestinal disorders (Severe GERD/hiatal hernia/Crohn's diagnosis/ulcerative colitis)
- Recent bariatric surgery (within past 6 months)
- Pancreatitis using GLP-1s in the past or patients with chronic pancreatitis
- Drug use disorder
- Alcohol use disorder
- Disordered eating
- Gallbladder disease (does not include gallbladder removal)
Warning: Trulicity® may cause worsening depression or suicidal thoughts, intestinal blockage, or thyroid cancer. Watch for possible symptoms, such as mood changes, abdominal pain, swelling in the neck, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, and shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms, tell your healthcare provider.
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Last Updated: 06/04/2023