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6.9/10 Average Rating
991 Ratings with 1099 User Reviews

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"Well this is my 2nd update . I have now been on Contrave for 8 weeks and have lost 36 lbs. I haven't eliminated much food from my diet just eat probably less than half of what I used to. I feel so comfortable on this weight management program and don't ever think I am on a diet. Over the 8 weeks I have gone out for meals many times, I order what I like but just make smarter choices and usually take a doggy bag home and eat it the next day. The only side effect is most of my clothes are too big but I will gladly buy new ones"

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 9, 2018

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"Started Contrave May of 2018 at 342lbs. I didn't take my weight loss serious, I actually gained 7 lbs. My doctor threatened to cut my medication if I didn't lose at least 10lbs at my next 3 month checkup. I started walking 4-7 miles a day. I also started drinking a lot of water. In 3 months I lost 70lbs. The circulation and color in my legs returned, I have more energy, fit in a plane seat and can tie my shoes, went from size 48 to a 36 waist line. After ramping up to 2 pills a day in the morning, (I never took the 2 pills in the evening as I misread the instructions) When I discovered my mistake, I decided to just keep taking the 2 pills a day because it worked. No weight loss program is going to work if you are not all in. I expected the drug to do all of the work when I first began -mistake. I would recommend it but you do have to work with it. Good luck in your health improvement journey. Over 50 and feeling great...Happy man"

   
9.0

Happy Man December 8, 2018

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"This medication works. I started the medicine the second weeks of August 2018 I was at 338 lbs. Today November 16 2018 I weighted at 310lb. Yes there are some side effects such as dry mouth and constipation, but when you do your exercise and actually include vegetables and fruits in your daily meal, I have notice that I am able to go to the bathroom at least every other day. I know it's not very ideal but it's better than nothing"

Gesmaine (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 17, 2018

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"I don't usually post on forums but I needed to share my great experience with Contrave. I am male and started taking Contrave on Oct 16 weighing in at 349 lbs. Today ( Nov 16) one month later I am 323lb. I have had very little side effects , a bit of nausea and a bit lightheaded at times but nothing that couldn't be managed. I tell people I am not on a diet but instead a weight management program. I certainly watch what I eat but never feel deprived of food and have been eating at restaurants 8 times in the month just eating a lot less. Now I do a lot more walking and time on a treadmill- feeling great. Would recommend it for sure"

Ranmil (taken for less than 1 month) November 16, 2018

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"I have been taking Contrave for 4 weeks now. It wasn't very effective in the beginning but I have noticed that my nicotine addiction is now virtually nonexistent. I maintained at 228 at first but then I started dropping some weight. I have only lost 4.5 pounds but I find that is it much easier to control when and how much I eat. I started exercising 1.5 weeks ago, 20+ minutes on the elliptical, which is when the weight started dropping. The most impressive fact is, I actually started exercising. I haven't done that in YEARS. I get a little pressure in my head between my ears but other than that, as long as I drink a lot of water, that is it. Nausea only happens for me when I don't drink the water. I am only giving Contrave a score of 8 because, let's face it, it is no miracle drug. But IT DOES help with food addition and that constant "what can I eat now" thought. For me, I lacked motivation and will power and I think the Contrave is what is helping me finally after all these years."

   
8.0

lucyjava November 1, 2018

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"Finally a drug that works ! I’ve lost 60 lbs so far .. I’m going to lose 20 more .. don’t wait see your doctor today!! I’ve tried other pills . Pkg meals .. cabbage soup. And Atkins diet ... I kept a food diary.. exercised 5 days a week .. get control of your weight and talk to your doctor today ., good luck !"

   
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Big boy (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 30, 2018

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"I started Contrave in January 2018. I am 5.1 and weighed 175. On August 1, 2018, I weighed 130 pounds. I had little side effects, just slightly nauseous when drinking coffee. The medication took about 3-4 weeks before I felt any changes. I was no longer hungry or desired certain foods. However, I was not good about staying on a healthy diet or exercising. I have been at my goal weight for 2 1/2 months and continue to take Contrave. The drug is not having the same effect of reducing hunger and cravings. Not sure if that wears off and need to stop and start again. Have had little follow up or help with maintaining my weight. Good luck to all."

   
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Motherof6 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 23, 2018

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"I am on my 3rd week of Contrave. Everything has gone well. I've lost about 10lbs. I just wasn't comfortable snacking all the time. I weight about 225 now. If I can maintain 205. I will be able to control my health symptoms. "

SnotMadonna (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 21, 2018

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"I have been on Contrave for 5 months. I have lost 28 lbs. Constipation is an issue; however, I drink tons of water a day and that helps. Eating so little has resulted in Vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies. Expect to continue losing weight. This is a long term drug. I expect that how it works is 'right on' for me."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 21, 2018

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"I have been on Contrave for 1 week, side effects were: nausea, hot flashes, foggy head. I have tolerated them, keep in contact with my Dr. The list of side effects frighten me at first too, but it seems to be working. I am going to finish bottle to see how it goes. Good luck to all!!!"

   
9.0

Bon (taken for less than 1 month) October 18, 2018

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"I have been on Contrave for 2 1/2 months. My main side effects are slight periodic nausea, headaches, and moderate constipation. I will continue to take Contrave. The drug has been so beneficial to changing my mind set and eliminating cravings! I cannot believe how well it works. I also eat "clean" and workout 3-4 times a week. I have done that for two years. I lost 75 pounds before the Contrave, but over the Holidays 2017, I gained about 35 back. I now have lost about 16. I think this medication is a great tool!!!"

   
8.0

lovin2cu (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 8, 2018

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"This is my third week on Contrave. I can't say the results so far have been great. There is a slight feeling of feeling full after meals, however I still find myself craving food at night. My weight loss has been minimal and I seem to be just stabilizing my existing weight before starting the medication. I am hopeful now that I have started the regiment of 2 in the a.m. and 1 in the p.m. I will start seeing some results."

   
6.0

Lonnie (taken for less than 1 month) September 27, 2018

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"I started my weight loss journey in 2015. I started at 264lb. Today 2018 I am 216lb. I still have a way ways to go. I haven't really noticed any side effects. I have so many other illnesses so who knows. I did, however, notice that once I got a couple years into it, and I have been on the 2 in the morning and 2 at night, it like stopped working. Meaning I had cravings come back and I gained weight back and I got really upset. I am going to the gym 4-5 days a week. I have RA so I judge by how my joints are feeling but I still move around. My eating has changed a lot. I don't eat a lot of high-fat foods anymore. So yes love Contrave but I just hope it starts back up working again."

   
7.0

LilLady (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 16, 2018

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"Everybody reacts differently to this drug. There is no easy magic trick to lose weight. But it works! Yes, it has some side effects. But for most they are manageable. You will lose weight with this drug and you will feel great about it. Don't be spooked by all the side effects they announce on TV. If they had 1000 people trying the drug and one had a side effect they have to state it as a risk. Contrave saved my life and changed my life. Without it, I would be dead in a few years."

   
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NewLife41 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 15, 2018

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"Tomorrow will be my 4th week taking contrave so my dose will increase to 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Side effects have been mild, but noticable from time to time. I'm a 6' male 52 years old and weighed 313lbs 4 weeks ago. I'm eating on average 1900 calories a day, but keeping my carbs to about 35% of my intake. 4 weeks later and I'm at 294lbs. Feeling full faster than ever. Even late night snack cheating is a thing of the past. Bottom line...personally I'm very happy with contrave and recommend it."

   
9.0

FluffyCanuck September 12, 2018

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"I have been on this drug 4.5 months and have lost 44 lb. I combined this medication with the online weight watchers and it's the perfect combo for me. I also walk 60 minutes a day and something else 2x per week like cycle, yoga, volleyball. I started at 196lb, am female, 5'5" and 57 years old, and have not been able to lose weight since early 30's. So am thrilled. Yep, lots of side effects the first month, still have bowel issues (either diarrhea or constipated), so I have to vary OTC medications to find normal. The real bad ones lasted about a week after upping the dose, but better than all the issues that come with being overweight. I don't like the vivid dreams, and my blood pressure is low on this drug causing dizziness, so I have to consciously drink a ton of water to fix that. So, so happy to have found this."

   
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Barbie (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 11, 2018

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"I just started Concrave 3 days ago so I can't tell exactly how it's going to effect me later on. What I do know is how it makes me feel now just starting out. I have 1 side effect which is slight constipation other than that I feel great! I don't seem to be as hungry and I have less cravings after only 3 days!! I also smoke less cigarettes. I take 2 pills in the am and 2 pills in the PM. I have 25-30 lbs to lose and my insurance will cover it for 6 months ( I received 1080 pills for $25.00 so I consider myself lucky since it's so expensive) I will give an update once I'm on it for a awhile..As of now I'm loving the Contrave!"

   
8.0

Curly (taken for less than 1 month) September 11, 2018

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"In 6 months, starting at 248, down over 35 lbs! I weigh every couple weeks. My stress was bad but I was overall a healthy eater but nothing was working. The side effects were rough, especially for the first month! It is teaching me to eat like skinny people. I even lose weight traveling.1)I have to drink tons of water. Must drink 8-12 oz with pills to help side effects. 2) Small portions are plenty Even veggies. 3) Being selective with quality is important. Don't waste a bite on junk. 4) Food is secondary to good conversation, not your focus. 5) A short walk helps stress levels and energy. 6) Sleep is critical. 7) Small portions, throw it away (any left overs). A bento box with random small items for the day (trail mix, strawberries, baby carrots, string cheese, hummus and pretzels, pita chips). While I do still have some side effects, the worst is brain shocks and headaches. They are so much better if I follow the above. My clothes are getting very big, but our food bill is way down!"

   
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Tinagoof September 11, 2018

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"I have been on contrive for about a month. I have had a great experience with this. I am never hungry, basically force myself to eat. I try to eat clean but occasionally have a slice of pizza or two. I try to get to the gym at least 3 times a week. But like to go more then that. I enjoy doing the elliptical for at least an hour. Which I do take a pre-work out that helps me push through that hour. I have lost 14lbs. Would probably be more if I didn't have any cheat days and more days at the gym! But It is working for me. The ONLY side affect I have from this is dry mouth- So I drink tons of water.... but now am experiencing constipation... I also take Cymbalta, and a iron pill. So not sure if the combination of all is causing it. But drinking organic "smooth move" tea for constipation has been helping with that."

   
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AnaNoah (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 10, 2018

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"I took Contrave for two months and during that time lost about 20 lbs using a high fat low carb diet. It seemed to help with discipline but I had other motivations. I had side effects of fatigue (sometimes severe) and mild nausea. It seemed to make my urine thick and urination was slow. I stopped for about 3 weeks (issues with renewal of rX) and have been on it for about 3 weeks since re-starting. The only side effect is the urination issue which is pretty bad - it takes me like 3x longer to pee, so I'm about to give up. Also it is not helping as much on the discipline as I have had difficulty avoiding sweets and other carbs."

   
5.0

E-man (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 9, 2018

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"Disappointed. Really helps block cravings out but the side effects are horrible. Severe dizziness, headaches, fogginess, fatigue, nausea, hot flashes, diarrhea. I think I had every side effect. I was only on it for three days. Was told to stop taking it immediately."

   
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CK (taken for less than 1 month) September 6, 2018

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"I am 52 yr old female 5'7" 175 lbs. Ideal weight 135 lbs. 2 years ago 148 lbs but it took 4 hours day in gym 6 days a week. Started Contrave 3 weeks ago at 175 lbs week 1 horrible taste, very spaced out, up and down sleep. No weight loss. week 2 bad taste, nose plugged up making breathing difficult. extreme spaced out, no sleep, increased energy. 2 lbs weight loss week 3 I could only follow this dose for 2 days. My nose was better, taste still off, can't sleep, so anxious that I thought I could crawl out of my skin (not kidding). I couldn't even drive to work without feeling like I needed to get out of the car, On the 3rd day of week 3 I went back to 1 pill in am and 1 pill in pm. I'm staying there until my doctors appointment. This drug is no joke! I wish I could continue the way prescribed. I will update after speaking with my doctor. Good luck to anyone trying this, hope you have better experience."

   
5.0

soccermom23 September 4, 2018

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"I felt off balance, sweaty, nervous, ill or sick to my stomach, and it did nothing to get my eating under control or my cravings. I wasted a lot of money for nothing. Grrr. I do not believe now that there is a medication that can help you lose weight. Pull your will out of the closet and count calories, that is free. I am having trouble with my will right now but I will have to somehow do it it I want to get my weight under control again. Age makes it harder but Contrave is not the answer and I do not believe it can be good for you by the way it makes you feel. I took it for 6 weeks and felt bad the whole time."

   
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Susan (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 4, 2018

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"I started contrave 2 days ago and I am not sleeping at all. My first night was 2.5 hours and last night wasn't even that. It did not curb my appetite at all. I eat really clean food anyway so I'm not sure if this is for me. I am highly disappointed at the amount of money spent."

   
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Left feeling blah! (taken for less than 1 month) September 1, 2018

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"I lost 55 lbs this past year on phentermine and I'm happy with that but it stopped working and I have 50 lbs left to lose so I'm turning to Contrave. I don't understand the folks who have immediate results as soon as they take this med. It clearly has to build up in your blood stream evident by the slow steady ramping up of the dose over 4 weeks. I have been on it 6 days and I'm not really noticing anything good or bad. I ramp up to 1 pill in the am and 1 in the pm tomorrow. I'm hopeful."

   
5.0

Summer62 (taken for less than 1 month) August 31, 2018

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