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Weight Loss Treatment FAQ

Key Takeaways
  • The initial program cost of the program is $99, and each follow-up visit costs $40. Medications are charged individually.
  • Weight management treatments are meant to be used long-term, and in combination with lifestyle changes, so results will vary for each individual.
  • Don’t stop taking your medication or change your dosage without first consulting with your healthcare practitioner.

Who is eligible for this treatment?

Canadians living with obesity who have a BMI over 30 OR with a BMI 27-30 who have a medical comorbidity like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Patients must either reside in Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia and be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Patients are required to be in Canada while receiving care.

What weight loss medication do you prescribe?

Our healthcare practitioners currently prescribe a variety of injectable GLP1-agonists and pill based medications.

How much does the program cost? 

We charge an initial program fee of $99. This covers:

  1. Your initial video visit with your Felix healthcare practitioner.
  2. Access to Felix’s Weight Management course, our holistic online resource that helps you make lasting, sustainable lifestyle changes.
  3. Some essential supplies you may need for your prescribed treatment.

You will be charged this initial fee only if and when you are approved to join the program.

You will have a monthly follow-up visit with your healthcare practitioner to monitor your progress and make any adjustments to your treatment to make sure it is working for you. These follow-up visits cost $40 each. Once you achieve a steady-state, your visit schedule will change based on your healthcare practitioner’s guidance.

Medication costs for the program are separate and will vary depending on the medication prescribed and your private insurance coverage. Without insurance, the medication costs vary by medication from $300 per pen to approximately $500 per box in some cases. If you have insurance coverage, Felix will submit the medication insurance claim directly on your behalf. Continue reading here more information on pricing.

How much is covered by insurance? Will Felix help fill out my insurance forms to help cover it?

Most private insurance plans do not cover these treatments for weight loss. Patients with private drug plans may be eligible for coverage, depending on the insurance provider and specific plan. Contact your insurance provider for more information regarding your coverage. 

We recommend that you upload your private and/or provincial benefit card during your online visit so that our pharmacy partner can apply any coverage you are eligible for, before shipping your treatment.

What results should I expect from taking the medication? 

Results may look different for each individual based on their unique situation. It depends on what your goals are and what you are considering results. It is best to discuss any potential results with your Felix healthcare practitioner.

How long do I need to take the medication for? 

Weight management treatment is meant to be used long-term. How long you stay on any medication is a decision best made with your healthcare practitioner in consideration of several factors, including your dosage, your lifestyle, and how well you respond to the medication.  In general, if your body is responding well to the medication and is requiring this medication for weight management, you likely need to stay on the medication long-term.

What are the side effects of semaglutide?

The most common side effects of semaglutide are gastrointestinal-related (nausea, diarrhea, indigestion and constipation)  which typically diminish over time.

If you’re concerned about side effects, reach out to your Felix healthcare practitioner.

How do I administer the semaglutide injection?

You can read more and watch video instructions on using the pen here.

Can I use the click method to administer my dose?

There are charts circulating for how to use the 'click method' for dosing with the medication pen but remember clicks can vary depending on the pen being used. Using clicks to administer your dose is considered medical advice so it is best to discuss this with your Felix healthcare practitioner during your assessment.

What happens if I stop taking the medication?

If you have been prescribed treatment but are concerned that it is not beneficial for your condition, it’s essential to discuss any changes with your Felix healthcare practitioner before stopping the medication.

Abruptly ceasing medication use could cause sudden shifts in your blood sugar levels. As well, studies have shown that ceasing treatment typically results in patients regaining some or all of the weight that was lost, suggesting that ongoing treatment is required for long-term weight maintenance and management.

How will I know when to increase or decrease the dose?

Your healthcare practitioner will let you know if you need to change your dose after considering your goals, side effects, and the effectiveness of the medication for you. It is crucial to only take this medication as directed by your practitioner. If you think you may need a higher or lower dose, reach out to them to discuss.‍

Why do I only get one month of medication?

We send medication monthly so your healthcare practitioner can monitor your progress and make any adjustments to your treatment to make sure it is working for you and that you are tolerating it well.

Still have questions we didn’t cover? Feel free to reach out to hello@felixforyou.ca.

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References

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