Trulicity is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s FDA-approved for the following uses in adults with type 2 diabetes:
– To lower blood sugar levels (similar to Farxiga). For this use, Trulicity is prescribed along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar levels.
– To reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular problems. For this use, Trulicity is prescribed for adults with either known cardiovascular disease or more than one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It’s used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke that don’t lead to death. And the drug is used to lower the risk of death caused by a cardiovascular condition.
Trulicity is given through an injection (needle). You take it once a week by injecting it under the skin of your stomach, thigh, or upper arm. Use Trulicity together with the diet and exercise that your doctor recommends. Trulicity often gets mistaken for Ozempic or Victoza. The two medications do provide similar results but vary in medication.
Trulicity contains the drug dulaglutide. It belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists. (A class of drugs describes a group of medications that work in the same way.)
Trulicity comes as a liquid solution inside prefilled, single-dose, disposable pens. It’s given once a week as an injection under the skin (a subcutaneous injection). You’ll give yourself Trulicity injections at home after your doctor or pharmacist shows you how. Ensure you speak to your doctor about any medications you are taking, as some medications would not be compatible with Trulicity (for example, Trelegy and TZD’s.).