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Improved blood sugar numbers in a once-weekly dose.

What is Trulicity™?

Trulicity is not an insulin. It’s a kind of medicine called a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. It works like the GLP-1 hormone in your body. The body naturally releases GLP-1 after you eat to help control blood sugar. Trulicity helps your pancreas release insulin when your blood sugar is high. It can also limit how much sugar goes into your blood from your liver, and it slows the emptying of food from your stomach.

You only have to take Trulicity once a week. It works with your body all week to
help it release its own insulin just when it’s needed. Plus, Trulicity comes in an
easy-to-use pen.*

Trulicity pens come in 2 doses—one with a yellow label (0.75 mg), the other with
a blue label (1.5 mg). Your healthcare provider will tell you which is right for you.

*In a study, 94% of 128 people who used the Trulicity pen said it was easy to use.

How Trulicity can help.

Trulicity is a once-weekly medicine that comes in an easy-to-use, single-dose pen and can help lower your A1C and blood sugar numbers. It may even help you lose some weight.

Trulicity may help lower your numbers

If you have type 2 diabetes and pills aren’t keeping your numbers where they need to be, Trulicity could help make a difference. Using Trulicity once a week, along with the diet and exercise your healthcare provider recommends, can help get your blood sugar under control.

In studies, Trulicity helped people significantly reduce their A1C. Most people saw this occur within 6 months. In clinical trials, A1C reduction ranged from 0.7% to 1.6% when used alone or in combination with other diabetes medications. Plus, in a study, the higher dose helped 78% of people and the lower dose helped 66% get to the A1C goal of below 7%.

*Represents lower (0.75 mg) dose.

In some studies, most people taking Trulicity noted better blood sugar numbers before eating in the morning (fasting blood sugar).

Trulicity may even help you lose some weight

Trulicity is not a weight loss drug. While many people in clinical trials lost weight, some did gain a little weight. In a study, many people lost weight over the course of 6 months and then kept it off during the rest of the study. Of people who lost weight in clinical trials, the average weight loss was 2 pounds to 6 pounds.

Once-weekly dosing

Trulicity is designed to be taken once a week, which may help you fit it into your busy life. You can take Trulicity any time of day, with or without meals. Just pick which day of the week will be your Trulicity day and remember to keep taking it that day, every week. It works in your body all week, helping you get better A1C and blood sugar numbers.

The pen was designed with patients in mind

With Trulicity, there’s no need to mix or measure anything. You don’t have to attach, handle, or even see a needle. In a study, 94% of 128 people who used the Trulicity pen said it easy to use.


Works all week.

Trulicity™ (dulaglutide) is taken once a week. You can take Trulicity any time of day, with or without meals.

It is a good idea to take Trulicity on the same day each week. Choose a day of the week that works for your routine, then make that your Trulicity day. For example, you could choose to take it every Sunday morning. Then mark your calendar to help remind you to take Trulicity on that day, every week.

In a study, 94% of people said the Trulicity pen was easy to use.

Trulicity comes in 2 doses—one with a yellow label (0.75 mg), the other with a blue label (1.5 mg). Your healthcare provider will tell you which is right for you.

Watch how to use the Trulicity pen.

Storing and handling the Trulicity pen.

  • Store your pen in the refrigerator, but do not freeze your pen. When refrigeration is not possible, you can keep your pen at room temperature (below 86°F, 30°C) for up to a total of 14 days
  • Store Trulicity away from light. It’s best to keep Trulicity pens in their original carton until you are ready to use them

For complete information about proper storage, read theInstructions for Use.

Select a spot on your body.

  • Your healthcare provider can help you choose the
    injection site that is best for you
  • You may inject the medicine into your stomach (abdomen)
    or thigh
  • Another person may give you the injection in your upper arm
  • Change your injection site each week. You may use the same
    area of your body, but be sure to choose a different injection
    site in that area

Disposing of the pen.

Be sure to dispose of the pen in a closable, puncture-resistant container. Ask your healthcare provider about regulations in your area for how to dispose of the container properly.

Click here for information about a free sharps container.

What happens if you miss a dose?

It’s a good idea to take Trulicity regularly on the same day of the week, every week. If you forget to take your dose on your usual day, here’s what to do.

When to take your dose:

  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible if there are at least 3 days (72 hours) until your next Trulicity day.

When to skip your dose:

  • Skip the missed dose if there are less than 3 days remaining and take your next dose on your regularly scheduled Trulicity day. Do not take 2 doses of Trulicity within 3 days of each other.

Indication and Limitations of Use: Trulicity is a once-weekly injectable prescription medicine to improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It should be used along with diet and exercise. Trulicity is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes. It has not been studied in people who have had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Trulicity should not be used by people with a history of severe gastrointestinal (GI) disease, people with type 1 diabetes, or people with diabetic ketoacidosis. It is not a substitute for insulin. It has not been studied with long-acting insulin or in children under 18 years of age.

Important Safety Information: Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath while taking Trulicity. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rats and mice, medicines that work like Trulicity caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Trulicity will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in people. Do not take Trulicity if you or any of your family members have ever had MTC or if you have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

Do not take Trulicity if you have had an allergic reaction to dulaglutide or any of the other ingredients in Trulicity. If you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction while taking Trulicity, such as itching, rash, or difficulty breathing, stop taking Trulicity and get medical help right away.

If you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe and will not go away, stop taking Trulicity and call your healthcare provider right away. The pain may happen with or without vomiting. It may be felt going from your abdomen through to your back. This may be a symptom of inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis).

If you are taking another medicine that can cause low blood sugar (such as insulin or a sulfonylurea) while taking Trulicity, your risk for getting low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may be higher. Talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it.

In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration). This may cause kidney problems to get worse.

Other medicines like Trulicity may cause severe stomach problems. It is not known if Trulicity causes or worsens stomach problems.

Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have or have had problems with your pancreas, kidneys, or liver.
  • have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or if you become pregnant while taking Trulicity. It is not known if Trulicity will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Trulicity passes into your breast milk. You should not use Trulicity while breastfeeding without first talking to your healthcare provider.
  • are taking other medicines including prescription, and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
  • are taking other medicines to treat diabetes, including insulin or sulfonylureas.

The most common side effects with Trulicity may include: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, and indigestion. These are not all the possible side effects of Trulicity. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please click for Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information for Trulicity, including Boxed Warning about possible thyroid tumors including thyroid cancer.

Please see Instructions for Use included with the pen.


Trulicity™ is a trademark of Eli Lilly and Company and is available by prescription only.