What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is part of a class of medications called GLP-1 receptor agonists. This is a peptide which is much like a hormone that our bodies naturally creates.

How does it work?

It slows stomach empying, which means the food sits for a longer period in the stomach, resulting in feeling fuller for longer, and eating less portions. It also decreases appetite by acting on centers in the brain as well as regulating blood sugar, which helps with food cravings.

semaglutide at 2.4 mg is effective and safe across a wide spectrum of patients with obesity who might be prescribed this drug, whether you are older or younger, higher BMI or lower, and regardless of race/ethnicity.

Safety and Side Effects

Less than 2 % of patients experience side effects. It is considered a safe medication. Semaglutide side effects can include:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • heartburn

If patients develop any side effects, they can be easily managed with over the counter or prescribed medication by us.

Our Results

Our patients see an average of 2.5 lbs of weight loss per week. The average of total percent weight loss ranges from 15 to 20 percent. If an Individual is 200 lbs, 20 Percent would equal 40 lbs of weight loss bringing that person down to 160 lbs. Because Carvalho Healthcare incorporates a holistic weight-loss program, our results are higher than what is shown in studies. We have consistently seen 10-12 lbs of weight loss per month. This is because our program includes diet and exercise counseling.

What is Tirzepatide

Tirzepatide is a newer medication that is more effective for weightloss than semaglutide. It is unique in that it is a first-in-class medicine that activates both the Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptors.

How does Tirzepatide work?

Tirzepatide works much like semaglutide in that it decreases blood sugar, decreases stomach emptying, and decreases blood sugar. The GIP hormone in the medication is shown to suppress appetite and increase energy expenditure, which means you burn more calories at rest and on exertion.

Safety and Side Effects

Like semaglutide Tirzepatide is known to be safe for most patients. Less than 10% of patients experience side effects. With nausea being the most reported side effect. 

Tirzepatide side effects can include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
Not every patient experiences nausea. There are supplements and prescribed medication for nausea that work well.


Substantial weight loss was achieved on lower doses of tirzepatide: 35 pounds for the 5 mg dose, 49 pounds for the 10 mg dose, 52 pounds on 15mg dose.

Both semaglutide and Tirzepatide show promise not only in improving metabolic health, reducing hemaglobin A1C (hbA1C), and assisting with weight loss, Studies show it may reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke and improve cardiovascular outcomes across the board.

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide are impactful enough that they can help lower your set point: the weight your body naturally settles at due to an interplay of genetics, biology, and environment. In other words, you’ll lose weight and keep it off for the long haul. The goal of weight loss with these medications is to lose weight and keep it off. It would be silly to prescribe a medication for patients to lose weight, only to gain it back. We give you all the tools you need to be successful. Carvalho Healthcare advises on the science of weight loss, importance of incorporating healthy habits, and importance of making better food choices as well as being physically active.