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6.9/10 Average Rating
982 Ratings with 1086 User Reviews

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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."

   
10

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."

   
9.0

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!"

   
8.0

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."

   
7.0

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."

   
1.0

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."

   
1.0

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."

   
1.0

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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"Started in May 2018. Down 20lb and very pleased with the slow steady drop in my weight. I've never been a big fan of fried, fatty food so I haven't experienced "that" side effect. Agree that there is an element of dry mouth. Truly delighted that I just feel full quickly. A bit speedy-ish after morning dosage. I do not get that feeling with evening dosage. A.M. dosage about 7 am P.M. dosage about 5 pm"

   
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BBDFW (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 26, 2018

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"I really thought this medicine would help. And it did, at first. But the more I upped my dose the worse my mental health became. It ended with me having a psychotic break and vowing to never touch it again. I don't care if I stay overweight my whole like if it means never going through those side effects again. I was aggressive, angry, tense, irritable and yet somehow depressed and anxious too. I must add I was diagnosed with Generalized anxiety disorder, depressive episodes and panic disorder...so if you have any of those things be very VERY careful. If the side effects weren't so awful for me though I probably would have stayed on it. Lost 5 lbs first month. But it's not worth your sanity."

   
3.0

Bbcreek (taken for less than 1 month) August 22, 2018

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"In Feb I was 343lbs & on 600 units insulin a day. Once on Contrave my cravings & appetite decreased immediately. At 2 weeks I was lowering my insulin dose. I had headaches & mild dizziness the 1st month. I lost 5LBS the first 3 months & continued to lower my insulin. At 6 months I’ve lost 24LBS, my insulin dose is 205 units. It’s still curbing my appetite & cravings. This drug has been a lifesaver for me. I was having weakness in my arms and legs, numbness in my hands. I couldn’t take a shower without feeling faint. I have a condition where my heart beats too fast & was on the verge of upping my meds for it. My resting heart rate was on average 98 & now it’s in the low 70’s. The numbness & weakness in my arms/legs is gone. I still get out of breath but not excessively. My ankles aren’t swelling anymore. My indigestion has improved. No more bloating. I was headed for some major health complications. I am so thankful I asked my doctor for help."

   
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Melissa August 21, 2018

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"I am 5’9” and 285lb. I absolutely need to drop weight. Any more and I’m considering surgery! I really want this to work for me so that I can avoid more drastic measures. I just finished the first week and I have most definitely noticed a decrease in appetite and cravings. I have lost a few pounds this week. I do have some side effects with just one pill. My sleep is poor and I’m having crazy dreams when I do sleep. So far, that’s it. I’m a little worried about the constipation.... I sincerely hope that I can drop down to my goal of 165-175 and stay there indefinitely. I know it will take time and effort, but I’m desperate for a change."

   
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Toga (taken for less than 1 month) August 11, 2018

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"I started this medication on July 22, 2018. I'm 42yrs old 398lbs 5/7 in height. The first day I ate the same, dry mouth and lots of sweating. In fact sweating is all I seem to do. I lost my appetite around 2-3 day on the pill. within the first week looks like I dropped 10lbs and I feel smaller. My clothes are loose fitting and I can see my legs have dropped weight. I don't exercise but I do have lots of energy at the moment. I have a bad knee which requires replacement surgery and I'm often in so much pain I cry. Since I started this pill my pain has decreased. I can now walk without so much pain and I have even started dancing round more. Even if I can't drop all my weight. Just in the short time this medication has given me a will for life again. Thank you. LATEST UPDATE. I have tried to increase to taking one pill in the morning and one at night but unable to. I find myself unable to sleep at night."

   
9.0

KissyZ August 8, 2018

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"I have been taking this pill now for 2 weeks. I lost the 3 lbs the 1st week. Since then I have gained like 6lbs. However, I can tell that it's curbing my appetite, but no more weight loss. I'm trying to decide if I continue. I'm totally sleep deprived and constipated to the max degree...Is it worth it to continue?"

msevans1 (taken for less than 1 month) August 8, 2018

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"I just started on my 4th week of taking Contrave. This drug was recommended by my therapist due to being a compulsive eater and the mild antidepressant benefit. I was already on a low cal low carb meal plan and doing food journaling but wasn’t losing weight cause of the stress eating. The first week was a learning experience. The first and second day I learned that if you eat something fatty then you will get sick no matter what time you took the pills. Your body will reject fatty foods. I think that is why people suffered from headaches and nausea. I have not had a problem since I cut out those foods. If I ate too much or ate even though my brain said not too then I would feel like I was having a panic attack. I do have a very active job and I sometimes walk. I lost nothing the first week and over the last two weeks I lost 6 pounds. My goal is to lose 50 pounds."

   
7.0

SK (taken for less than 1 month) August 6, 2018

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"Today was my first day! I took my first pill at 5:00 am and have not had any side effects till 6:00 pm this evening. I am extremely nauseous stomach hurts with a lot of diarrhea! I’m so disappointed! I don’t think I will be able to take this medicine."

   
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DLB (taken for less than 1 month) August 4, 2018

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"6/24/18 l was 291 lbs Starting weight. My first week l lost 8 pounds l did not experience any side effects except dry mouth which is OK that increase my water intake. 2nd week l lost 5 lbs again no side effects only dry mouth. 3rd week l lost 1 lb, as long as the numbers are going down right?. 4th week l gained 2 lbs , it was my fault. 5th week l lost 9 pounds , THAT'S 21 POUNDS LOST IN 35 DAYS!! NO EXERCISE AT ALL!! but l am going to start my workouts soon, l try to eat healthy low carb diet no fatty or greasy foods, my portion intake have 90% decreased , l can't finish a single serving of food on my plate, most of the time l forget to eat because l am not hungry especially after my first meal of the day, dinner time is the same thing just few bites l am full. Contrave is working for me so far. I will come back and give an update for my next results."

   
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Desperate2loose (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 29, 2018

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"I started out taking one pill a day. Appetite was suppressed and mood was better. Week two I started getting hot flashes and then cold sweats occasionally, a little jittery. Was able to make healthy food choices. Walked on the treadmill 30 minutes a day. The third week when I went up to two in the morning and one at night, I thought I was going to die. I have never had such violent vomiting. (And I’ve had gallstones). I was vomiting blood, dizzy, couldn’t keep anything down. Diarrhea. Horrible headache. I thought I had food poisoning. Tonight, even though I went back down to one pill twice a day, I am having severe depression, self loathing. Smelled cigarette smoke all day and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. It’s 3 am and I can’t sleep. The only weight I have lost is the two pounds I lost from vomiting all day. This is crazy. I don’t really know where to go from here. I’m afraid to quit cold turkey."

   
2.0

MissM July 27, 2018

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"I started Contrave in March and have lost 30 lbs. without exercise. My Dr. had me start taking it in the evening to bypass some side effects. Due to the cost I decided to go off cold turkey. Then after seeing my dr. I decided to keep taking it. I started back with taking 2 twice a day. I was so nauseous. That was no fault of the medicine. I was at fault. I should have started with taking 1 and built up to the full dose. I would highly recommend it and don’t let the negative reviews scare you. Most people only write reviews when they are unhappy. For that reason, I wanted to write a good one. I’ve justified the cost by reminding myself that I would have spent more in buying snacks and sodas. If you decide to start taking it, be sure to go to the Contrave website and print the savings card. It should only cost you $99 a month. Remember, not everyone has a bad experience with it so give it a try and be patient. I didn’t lose right away. It takes time but is so worth it. Good luck."

   
9.0

Tybeegrl67 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 25, 2018

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"I started this medication 4/8/17 5ft 3in 221.6lbs 47yrs old. Pants size 18-20. As of March 2018 I was 174lbs size 12 pants. My 24 yr old daughter said I didn't look like the same woman who raised her. Because I have had 2 surgeries requiring sedation and opioid pain medication since mid March, I had to stop Contrave because it doesn't allow those to work. I have continued to eat the same, yet gained 12 pounds. My cravings are back, and I have given in once in a while and ate a few cookies. No eating out, no big carbs, no extra calories, the Contrave seems it will have to be life long. I'm depressed over the weight regain. I don't understand. I know it's the Contrave. It resets your "burn" point for the fat you store in your body. There is no going off to maintain the weight loss."

   
8.0

HeathsMom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 13, 2018

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"I had immediate results. A few weeks in I wanted sweets & when I did try to eat them I had a little bit & was satiated. Taking 4 a day I was hardly hungry. I have a HUGE sweet tooth & this killed it. I dealt with the constipation & dry mouth because it was worth it. Unfortunately that all came to an end because of a nasty side affect. I all of a sudden got a sore eye. By day 2 it hurt so bad I made an appointment with my optometrist. I went in & I could barely read the eye chart & I’ve had lasik. My Dr. told me I just needed reading glasses as a result of my lasik after 10 years. My eye was still blurry & I saw yellow spots & it was still sore .My hubby said I wonder it it’s those pills? I read the side affects & it says it can cause blurry vision & can cause angle closure glaucoma. I did not have the glaucoma but I was in a A LOT of pain and my eye is still blurry. I lost 20 lbs in 8 Wks & I wish I could still take this but not at the cost of my eyesight."

   
6.0

Fay (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2018

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