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User Reviews for Contrave to treat Obesity

Contrave has an average rating of 6.9 out of 10 from a total of 1060 ratings for the treatment of Obesity. 60% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 21% reported a negative effect.

Contrave Rating Summary

6.9/10 average rating

1060 ratings from 1185 user reviews.

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Reviews for Contrave

Dee Dee · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 4, 2019

“Contrave is costly. To avoid paying unnecessary money, just have your MD prescribe the two medical ingredients separately ie bupropion as one med and the naltrexone as the other. I only pay $20/month. By having them prescribed separately, my insurance covers almost ALL the cost. I've lost 50 pounds over 6 months and saved huge amounts of money by NOT using Contrave.”

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Court98 November 4, 2020

“Hello, I started Contrave about 3 months ago. I am 22 years old and am 5ft 11. When I started I was 275lb and was just not happy with where I was with my body and health. I decided to start taking the medication and got up to taking 2 pills a day. I only really experienced constipation and headaches as a bad side effects of this medication. They were not that bad but were worse on some days. As of now (3 months in) I am 45 pounds down weighing in at 230. It is such a simple medication and works so quickly when paired with a good diet.”

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Anonymous October 16, 2019

“So one year ago today is started taking Contrave. I am a 65 yr old male and when I started I was 349 lbs. After many diets and weight loss fads with little to no success, I went to see my Doctor to discuss Bariatric Surgery which I wasn’t looking forward to but felt I didn’t have much choice . On this I have a bit of nausea and light headedness at first but it was very minor. Right away I felt my appetite decreasing. I did watch what I ate but didn’t restrict any specific foods just a whole lot less of it. It began to work immediately and the weight started coming off pretty quick I am very excited to announce that after 1 year I have dropped 75 lbs (my goal was 60 lbs)and feel wonderful. For me Contrave was a 'Wonder Drug' and gave me the boost I needed. I am remaining on the pills for a bit longer but I really feel I can monitor the quantity of food I consume . The only real side effect has been the money I have spent on new cloths - actually very happily.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 28, 2020

“I have been on Contrave for 8 months and have lost approximately 35 pounds and have another 30 pounds to get to my target weight. If you can get past the first few weeks, it really does work. You can immediately feel the reduction in food cravings and appetite. I used anti-nausea drugs to help me the first week and then I had no issues. You do have to follow a healthy diet, but for people who eat compulsively it makes a big difference in being able to resist junk food and reduce your food intake. This ultimately allows your body to adjust to healthier food and shrink your stomach.”

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Anonymous April 24, 2021

“Hello everyone, just checking in. This is my 6th day so far and I lost 4 pesky pounds. I haven't had any side effects so far but let's see on Monday I start taking 2 pills in the am and one at night. I feel much better my attitude has changed from being messed up to a more pleasant one. I am walking in the park one mile daily and even more sometimes. I no longer have cravings for sitting in front of TV and munching on chips and dips and chasing it down with 4 or 5 coronas. What I really like is that my inflated belly is going down down! From 44 waist to 40 and I'm aiming for 36 waist! I looked like I was 6 months pregnant!! I realize that no inanimate thing sitting on the table is making me eat it. I have salmon, cottage cheese and pineapple for lunch and for breakfast I have my protein shake. But most of all my friends "keep moving". Will check in again next week. Mr. Gil”

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Dodgy Boy · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 5, 2019

“I have been taking Contrave since late July this year. As of today I have lost 26kg (56lbs). I had bad side effects for the first 4-6 weeks but they have since subsided. I haven’t touched alcohol or fast food since early August and currently only eat one meal a day. This drug has worked for me and I’m glad I pushed through the early side effects as it has truly been worth it.”

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JJ · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 26, 2019

“So, I wanted to wait until I placed a review anywhere about my experience with Contrave. I have Ben taking it for 3 months and am at full dose (2 tabs 2 x a day - 5am and 2pm). The first 6 weeks was tough. Felt nauseous and shaky. And I am someone who relies on Wellbutrin for mental health but, I was 15lbs overweight. I knocked of the 1st 20lbs with diet and exercise but menopause or age (53) just wouldn’t let me shed the last 15. So, spoke to my GP and we decided to try this. This medicine worked for me! I now think of food as nutrition not entertainment or a crutch when I am bored. Anyway I have 6 more lbs to go and then will tapper off and go back to Wellbutrin straight. If you are serious about taking back your health with diet and exercise and can’t drop the last bit, I would say give it a try.”

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Claire July 29, 2019

“I've had great success on this medication. I experienced mild side affects (headache, constipation, dry mouth, occasional ear ringing) the first 4 weeks while increasing. I have lost a total of 35 pounds so far in 3 months! Binging has stopped, the cravings have significantly subsided, and I get full faster when I eat. This is with minimal diet and exercise. I'm sure when I introduce those 2 things it will take off even more. I have food addiction and no matter what my brain always told my body to eat even if I was full - I couldn't turn that off no matter how hard I tried. All that has stopped. Contrave has worked great for me and hope others have the same experience.”

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MattG November 21, 2019

“As far as negative effects I have had absolutely none. Which allowed me to change my diet to 1800 calories or less a day without feeling hungry. I have lost around 32 pounds. Also if you read this and think that well if you reduce your calories 1800 or less of course you will loose weight and that's true however before taking this drug I would have never been able to be limiting my food to this amount and feel fine . So I'm hoping by shrinking my stomach using this when I am eventually weaned off this drug my natural appetite will be at a more reasonable level so I can maintain. If you need to loose alot I would recommend it . You need to make healthy choices and have some commitment as well.”

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Mo · Taken for less than 1 month January 13, 2021

“This is my very first time taking Contrave. I am 5ft and currently 205lbs. My eating habits prior to Contrave were horrible. I would eat any and everything I could get my hands on even when I wasn't hungry. This is my first day taking it and I can already feel the difference in my appetite. I had no urge to eat today but I did eat a few boiled eggs. I have had this weird taste in my mouth since I've taken it but no serious side effects. Whenever I feel the weird taste I just drink water. I feel like there's a bit of mental clarity and energy also. I usually nap throughout the day when I'm home but I haven't even sat down. This is my very first prescribe med for weight loss and I feel like I made the right choice although it is on the pricy side.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 3, 2020

“Lost 50 pounds over 2 years, was key to the process and got me back to exercising. Did not experience any side effects. Cost of medicine offset by food savings and reduced healthcare costs in the future (I assume).”

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Anonymous August 21, 2020

“5'1 female- starting weight 195, current weight 162, goal weight 125. -33 pounds so far in 6 months. Overall my experience with Contrave has been a positive one. At first I did experience odd side effects some included, dizziness, dry mouth, involuntary twitching, and very VERY odd dreams. However, after awhile these went away. For the last 6 months I have been able to loose 33 pounds by only taking 1 pill at night. My physician is moving my dose up to 2 pills now, one the AM and one in the PM. I started that regimen this week and I am back to experiencing a little dizziness and dry mouth, odd dreams (not as much as the beginning). But, I am sure this will disappear as well soon. I eat 1 meal a day now and exercise for 1 to 1.5 hours 5-6 days a week.”

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Stac · Taken for less than 1 month August 22, 2020

“I am just shy of being on Contrave for 4 weeks. Taking 4 pills a day. I have been having horrible dreams!!! Every night. Camped with a friend and she said it was like I was fighting something in my sleep. Not an issue prior. Anyone else? I want to see this though.”

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Harlin · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 14, 2020

“I am a 50 year old male. I started Contrave 4 weeks ago and have lost 10kg. It causes some side effect symptoms like fuzzy head and a funny taste in your mouth initially. Sometimes I have a funny frontal headache. It has improved my mood and made me able to walk past food without stopping. I take snacks to eat during the day but usually don’t even touch them. I have been able to drop my cals to 1600-1800/ day. It’s also had an incredible effect on my libido and performance. My wife is loving it. It is not a miracle drug. You still have to work hard but it certainly helps a lot.”

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Pearl · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 14, 2020

“I have been on Contrave for about 6 weeks and I have lost 17lbs. I just starting to feel nauseated during the day and during workout. I continue for another week and see what happens. I think I'm going to go back to 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.”

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Megan0831 January 14, 2017

“I cannot say enough positive about this medication. I started the end of March 2016, now 42 weeks in I am at 112lbs down. I work closely with my physician with monitoring my weight and diet. I followed all the precautions with the medication. Eliminating fat from my diet completely. Working out, etc. I knew it would not be a quick fix and with this med you get what you put into it. No serious side effects in the beginning, some tiredness and nausea. But that is going to happen ANYTIME you start a new medication and your system gets used to it. I also quit smoking after 20 yrs day 1 on this medication. This med it not for people looking for a quick fix, if you do not have the determination and commitment it will not work for you.”

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SkinnyGirlFinally July 27, 2019

“Contrave has worked wonders. I was doing cross fit 5 days a week and had always been very committed to exercise but really struggled to stay under 180 lbs. (I’m 5’4” and pretty muscular), even in Highschool. In March 2019 I went to my annual appointment I weighed in at 191lb. My doctor said I was healthy but obese. She referred my to a nutritionist who made me log food. I ate way too much carbs. At that rate she said I would gain 20 pounds a year and would be 300 lbs by 50. She suspected Contrave would work because of my issues with carb and sugar cravings. It allowed me to wean off of carbs and keep my calories at about 1800 a day. I developed an aversion to sugar and sweet things. Results: down 50 pounds in 5 months. I was ostensibly healthy and was very committed to fitness is why it worked so fast. If you don’t exercise your results will be minimal. It’s not a magic pill but can help you adapt to a healthier way of eating.”

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Endless7 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 3, 2019

“Wow, I was not expecting Contrave to work so well! I've been on appetite suppressants like phentermine over the years and, though they helped drop some weight, hunger was always a struggle. Contrave has changed everything about how I think about food. I used to obsess about food when dieting, but now it's a pain (or at least an inconvenience) to eat. Even when I'm physically hungry, making food just feels like a bother! And because I wasn't expecting this to be so effective, I wasn't monitoring my weight. It wasn't until several coworkers commented on my weight loss that I decided to weigh myself and - down 15lbs in 2 months!! I also began incorporating 1 hr/week of cardio + 1hr/week of CrossFit, which has helped a little. I'm really excited to see what happens next!! Food has finally become something I eat to live, not something I live to eat!!”

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T. rex · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 8, 2015

“I been on this medicine for 2 1/2 months and have lost 26.5 pounds so far. I can't eat on this medicine. After a few bites I feel stuffed. It works great for me, and I have tried every thing out in the past 10 years. The only side effects are dry mouth and lower back pain. Well worth the trade-off.”

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Lisa September 23, 2019

“I took this medication for several months last year, but wasn't really motivated to actually diet or TRY to lose weight. It did make it easier not to snack and it took away all urges to drink alcohol. But I started having stomach issues and stopped taking it. Bad pains. Usually after large meals and usually if they included fats or dairy. I stopped pills and pain went away. Fast forward to a couple months ago when I decided to try again. THIS time I am VERY MOTIVATED. I'm using watching my food and strictly 1200 calories a day. I'm working out at the gym and I've lost 21 pounds in about 6 weeks. I believe 100% that the Contrave is helping me stick to the diet by taking away cravings and helping me feel more content eating good food. I've not had any of those bouts of stomach pain this time around. I don't know if they were related or not but I'm never eating more than 400-500 calories at a time. Bottom line: this is a good tool if you are ready to get serious about your weight.”

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Bear01 March 18, 2019

“I have been on Contrave since 10/16/18. I have lost 54 pounds. I was woman’s size 18. Now I’m a size 10. I have 45 more pounds to lose to get to my target BMI. Note: Contrave does NOT make you lose weight. It controls your appetite and cravings. I meet every 3 weeks with a licensed Dietician that my health insurance pays for. We meal plan together, and she has taught me the correct way to eat. I now go to the gym 4 days a week, focusing on cardio for 60 minutes. I never ever eat over 1200 calories a day. I’m losing 3 pounds each week. I had a BMI of 44 at 258 pounds. I currently weigh 198 pounds and my BMI is 33. It should be at or below 25 for a female age 42 that is 5’4 like me. There is no “magic pill” to lose weight. You must control your calories, and get exercise! I track every bite that goes in my mouth with the free app “My Fitness Pal.” I do not drink ANY soda of any kind, and use zero artificial sweeteners!!!!”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 20, 2019

“Well I started taking Contrave on October 16th 2018 with a goal of loosing 60 pounds in one year. I am very pleased to announce I have lost the 60 lbs in 26 weeks. A few minor side effects early in the process (a bit light headed, some nausea) but nothing now. I have been heavy most of my adult life (started this at 348 lbs ) and have tried every diet out there with no success. I was considering bariatric surgery but my Doctor suggested I try Contrave first. Best decision I ever made . I feel great now, much more energy and physical capabilities to move more. In my opinion this is a wonder drug and would suggest you at least give it a try”

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hectortheerector May 22, 2021

“My starting weight was 267 (though I've weighed as much as 340 in my life) and my current weight is 252 with a target weight of 185-190. I am taking 2 tablets twice a day with food and am on a low calorie diet (1100-1200) and am working out (cardio and weights) 3 times a week, I also walk my dogs, while logging food. It may help some people to know that I'm on Adderall as well, my doctors recommended Contrave because they can be taken in conjunction w/ one another. I'm a 32 year old white male who is 6ft tall. My diet habits have never been good but haven't been bad either. My problem has always been binge eating/drinking in the evenings. Contrave was originally designed as an anti-depressant/alcohol/opioid addiction medication before they realized that blocking the part of the brain that controls addiction and impulse lead to weight loss. I haven't had or wanted a drink in ten days.”

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shanta w · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 25, 2015

“I previously wrote in about Contrave. Well I am pleased to report that I am now down 34 lbs. This is the first time I have been under 250lbs in 4 yrs. I think it is an awesome medicine along with diet and exercise.”

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Smiling101 January 23, 2015

“I am a food addict. The first day I took Contrave, I lost desire to eat. Cravings no longer consume me. The feeling of fullness occurs now, and lingers for hours. I am only on day 3, but I hope this continues. Logging foods on fitness pal helps. No snacks, and 3 healthy meals a day. I don't feel Hungary at all. It is wonderful. I was considering gastric bypass, this was going to be my last attempt. If I continue to feel this way, I won't need surgery.”

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