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What is the cost of Wegovy over time?

What is the cost of Wegovy over time?

Wegovy is a brand new injectable medication that you use once a week to help you lose weight. You usually use Wegovy over a fairly substantial amount of time and so it can help to know how much you may need to budget for this treatment. Here we’ll break down how much Wegovy costs to buy and what the price per month can add up to.

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What is the price of Wegovy per month?

The price of Wegovy weight loss medicine is usually:

  • £199 a month for the 0.25 mg through to the 1.0 mg dose;
  • £249 for the 1.7mg dose; and:
  • £299.99 for the 2.4 mg dose through private companies in the UK, depending on the dosage and where you get it from.

But how much you pay for Wegovy will differ from place to place. The price of Wegovy pens is lowest on the NHS, but certain criteria have to be met. The list price for a month supply is £73.25 for the starting dose of 0.25 mg up to the 1.0 mg dose, then £124.53 for the 1.7 mg dose, and £175.80 for the 2.4 mg dose.

But the NHS has a commercial arrangement with the manufacturer for a discount. To get Wegovy on the NHS you must have a BMI of over 35 (or 30 with other weight-related health conditions, occasionally), and see your GP to get referred to a specialist weight management service.

Monthly and weekly breakdown of Wegovy price and how much you can save by purchasing more than one month's supply

The graphic above shows how much getting a monthly supply of Wegovy online can cost, depending on the dosage and how many months of treatment you purchase at once.

Sometimes you may be able to get a discount on the amount you pay each month, if you get two or three months of treatment at once.

How long does it take Wegovy to work?

The amount of time it takes to lose weight using Wegovy will be different for everyone, but it’ll typically be at least a few weeks before you start feeling its effects. However, it can be a couple of months before you start noticing weight loss.

One reason for this is that you’ll begin on a low dose (0.25 mg) and increase your dosage every four weeks (to minimise the risk of any semaglutide side effects). So you’re not getting the full 2.4 mg dose of Wegovy right away. But it’s really important that you always follow your clinician’s instructions for taking Wegovy – don’t up your dose without speaking to them first.

How much is Wegovy long term?

Wegovy is a long-term treatment you’ll usually take for over a year. The price of Wegovy per year privately is typically around £3500. That’s if you’re starting at the lowest dose and move up every month until you reach the maintenance dose.

But there are ways to save money on Wegovy over time. If you order two months of Wegovy at a time, a year’s worth of Wegovy costs £3,085.65. If you get three months of Wegovy at a time, it’d cost £2913.75 (if you bought a two month supply for the last two months of the year).

Is Wegovy worth the price tag?

Part of the reason the demand for Wegovy is so high is because it’s so effective for weight loss. A trial of 1961 adults with a BMI of 30 or greater, where two-thirds of individuals were assigned weekly 2.4 mg injections of Wegovy and one-third with placebo for 68 weeks shows just how much it can help you lose weight. The participants were instructed to improve their physical activity and diet alongside their medication.

At the end of the 68-week trial, the mean change in body weight from baseline was -14.9% in the group that was taking Wegovy, compared with just -2.4% with placebo. 86.4% of those taking Wegovy also achieved weight loss of 5% or more, compared to just 31.5% of the placebo group. 69.1% of people in the Wegovy group experienced weight loss of 10% or more (compared to 12% in the placebo group), and 50.5% of those on Wegovy lost 15% or more of their body weight (as opposed to 4.9% in the placebo group).

Does Wegovy cost the same everywhere?

The short answer: no. Depending on where you get Wegovy from, and even where you live in the world, the price of Wegovy can be much different. In the US, the average list price for Wegovy is $1,349, over five times the average price here in the UK. 

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What’s included when I subscribe to Wegovy with Treated?​

The price you see when you order Wegovy with us is the only cost you’ll pay. We don’t add anything for delivery, consultation, or issuing prescriptions. You’ll also get aftercare from our clinicians included in the price. So if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, you can get in touch for expert advice at no additional charge – there are no hidden fees to worry about.

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