Trulicity – also known as Dulaglutide – is a gluacon-likepeptide-1 receptor agonist. In other words, it is a medication that is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Used once weekly, Trulicity is involved in the normalization of GLP-1, which is a hormone that helps regulate the levels of glucose in the blood. Trulicity also works by slowing gastric emptying and helps increase insulin secretion by pancreatic Beta cells.
The biggest misconception with this drug is that many people think Trulicity is insulin. Rather, Trulicity is safe to use in conjunction with insulin to help control blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetes patients if Trulicity does not provide an adequate boost in blood sugar function.
The Cost of Trulicity
The cost of this drug can be staggering if you do not have insurance or are under-insured. Even with a Trulicity coupon from the manufacturer, many sources suggest a price of around $630 for 1 carton (4 pens)of Trulicity in the 1.5mg/0.5ml. With the rising cost of living, health insurance, and other factors, many people simply cannot afford the price of this expensive medication; if you add up the total cost per year, that’s well over $7,000 a year for an uninsured patient.
Trulicity Side Effects
As with any drug, Trulicity comes with a risk of adverse effects. If any of these symptoms listed below begin to occur, consult your doctor.
- Gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, frequent bowel movements, vomiting, indigestion, gas, bloating, GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), belching, and constipation.
- Weakness or a lack of energy.
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
- A feeling of being unwell (malaise).
- Decreased appetite.
Many of these symptoms may range in seriousness and severity; always check with your doctor if you do not feel comfortable taking a medication, as there are other drugs in this class that may react better with your body.
Mechanisms of Action
Trulicity prompts a release of insulin via the pancreas, subsequently moving the glucose into the cells of the body. Trulicity also limits the amount of glucagon produced in the body; this is important because glucagon is a hormone that typically tells your liver to release sugar stored in the body. This medication, coupled with a healthy diet, exercise, and insulin
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