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User Reviews for Contrave

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Reviews for Contrave

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

For Obesity "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)."

Taurus April 30, 2020

For Weight Loss "I have been taking Contrave for a while now , at the start I did have vomiting , I’m on the 2 tablets in the morning and night , I have lost just over 16 kilograms"

Sony · Taken for less than 1 month March 9, 2020

For Weight Loss "I started on Contrave about 2 weeks now. The first week on the one pill was fine and I was lucky because I had mild side effects like hot flashes. Now when I started on the 1:1 that night my heart felt like it wanted to come out of my chest. My heart was beating irregular and I started to panic. I have never suffered from High Blood Pressure and the one thing the online doctor mentioned to me before starting Contrave was to monitor my blood pressure. I immediately stopped taking the pills. The next day I went to CVS and my blood pressure was high, went back the following day and it was higher than the day before. So I am here about 4 days in and my blood pressure is still high. I pray that this medication is out of my system soon and I'll just have to work on my weight loss some other way."

Shar · Taken for less than 1 month March 5, 2020

For Weight Loss "So I’ve been on contrave for one week so far. I’m starting on two pills today. Since I started contrave I have noticed more energy. Sometimes I have a slight headache, but I don’t know if that’s because of allergy season or not. I have not had any nausea. I have noticed in the last three days that my appetite has decreased. My sugar cravings are also decreased and I’ve lost 3 lbs this week. I did paid cash for the first prescription. But I found out from Aetna, my medical insurance. That if I get a pre-op form filled out from my doctor then sent to my insurance company. A person with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or any heart condition. Then it would only end up costing me about $65. (Depending on the diagnosis.) Instead of $330. I called my insurance company to find out whether it was covered or not. The Dr was unaware and thought it was only a cash pay med. So my advice is to check with your insurance company. "

Steph123 · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 3, 2020

For Weight Loss "Hi, I was one of the few that didn't see a result. I had the nausea as most everyone else did. I followed the dosage directions perfectly. I read that if you don't see any change in appetite by the 4th week you probably won't. That much is true. I gave it 3 months."

Hollie · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 1, 2020

For Weight Loss "I was taking Contrave for 2 months and lost no weight, I was also doing the treadmill on a daily basis! I had to pay for this weight loss pills out of pocket for $135 , and I'm not satisfied or impressed with this product."

Caroline February 25, 2020

For Weight Loss "I can't believe all of the negative reviews for this drug. I have been on Contrave for 4 weeks now. My appetite and cravings have been drastically reduced over the last two weeks in particular. So far, I have lost 10 lbs and I am absolutely thrilled! I still have 60 lbs to go but this is the first time in 10 years that I am very confident that I will get down to my goal weight. I had absolutely lost all hope and thought I would have to grow old as an obese person. I've tried every diet under the sun including Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Keto, Non-Carb, I even had a gastric bubble placed in my stomach to make me feel full but had to have it removed after one week due to severe cramps and nausea. We all know what we need to do to lose weight, but when you are addicted to food and crave snacks all day, I always failed after 2 weeks on any program because I was just so hungry!"

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

For Obesity "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."

Margie February 14, 2020

For Weight Loss "I hate to say that I would not recommend this med Contrave . I started taking it 3 weeks ago and am now stopping. The side effects headaches, nausea, cramping, sweating and lethargy are not worth it. True, I am losing weight, but I am also on W.W. I will admit, I don't crave anything, but mostly because I am focusing on the nausea and cramping. I am happy it works for some. As for me, I think I'll pass."

Anonymous February 3, 2020

For Weight Loss "Contrave was prescribed specifically for weight loss, but I have also been a moderately heavy drinker for about 10 years (3-6 beers per night, more on weekends). Was already on Bupriopion, so the Dr. prescribed Naltrexone in addition. One month in, I've lost 5 lbs, stopped snacking at night, and have almost completely lost all interest in drinking. Was sleeping more than usual at first. Mild nausea here and there. Excited to see where I'm at after a few more months of this."

Jojo · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 3, 2020

For Weight Loss "Trying to get a hold of the coupon for contrave and nobody in their customer services answers the phone ever! They get you to use this drug and then they don’t want to give you any coupons for it. Really terrible customer service or should I say lack there of."

Kit · Taken for less than 1 month January 31, 2020

For Weight Loss "I have been taking Contrave for 2 weeks. Came off if it ashad horrible nausea, chills, excessive sweating. Feeling like overall horrible."

AFM · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 29, 2020

For Obesity "I've been losing 5 lbs a months. I have stopped stress eating. Small amounts of food fill me up now."

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 26, 2020

For Obesity "I have been on contrave for ten weeks . Only lost 2.5 kgs Could be water weight I completely changed diet and exercise more. Very expensive $238.00 Bad side effects"

River · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 25, 2020

For Weight Loss "Early 40’s, active and on hormone replacement therapy. I started taking this to help lose the 20lbs that would not come off. I made it to week 6 and stopped taking it. My sex drive plummeted and it had been great since starting the BioTee hormone pellet therapy. Besides my sex drive, I had nervous energy but when I would work out, I felt fatigued. I started to become very moody and my vision seemed blurry. I’m the 4 weeks of taking it, I lost 1.3 pounds. My cravings for sweets did go away the first two weeks but actually came back once the dosage increased. The side affects are just not worth it to me."

Drphd January 15, 2020

For Weight Loss "1st month of taking the full dose of Contrave. I had taken phentermine in the past & loss weight. I haven’t lost anything on contrave. In fact I’ve gained weight (7lbs). I visited my endocrinologist today and she wants me to take it for 3 months. Originally prescribed Saxenda but insurance would not approve it. On day 1, I stopped taking all other vitamins & other medication (besides cabergoline for a pituitary tumor). Cooked all meals at home (mainly salads & protein), increased exercise, & drank more water, because I really wanted this to work. I have PCOS so losing weight incredibly difficult Did anyone else have this issue? I am hoping it will start working in month 2 or 3. Also as far as side effects from Contrave: I also had tremors in hands & arms, along w/ headache, nausea, bad taste in my mouth, fatigue & brain fog. I did not help with cravings or appetite, probably because I didn’t have an issue with these before. In fact, I had to work on eating more calories and more often."

Lev January 9, 2020

For Weight Loss "Had to beg my doctor into prescribing contrave. Had bad dry mouth at the beginning. It went away for a while, came back and then went away for good. I started at 170lbs and am down to 134lbs losing about 1 to 2 lbs a week. I have not craved carbs at all. My question for those taking this drug is has anyone experienced involuntary hand movement? I'm on my 3rd neurologist with no answers except stop the contrave. I've done research and haven't found this as a side effect. Can anyone share their experience and possible involuntary hand movement as a side effect of contrave."

Gru · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 9, 2020

For Obesity "I felt okay but my kidney function declined. Rebounded when I stopped the prescription."

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

For Obesity "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."

Monkey · Taken for less than 1 month December 20, 2019

For Weight Loss "I started taking Contrave several months ago to help with weight loss. My doctor wanted me to use half the recommended dosage. Very quickly I started feeling like I had the flu (I did not) I was fatigued, lethargic, felt like I had a fever (thermometer indicated not). So I stopped it. Starting an intermittent style meal plan works much better"

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

For Obesity "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."

MelMel · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 24, 2019

For Weight Loss "It has not a good experience been on Contrave for one month yes I have lost a minimal amount of weight but the side effects are so bad I’m taking myself off it. Mild headaches, waves of nausea, constant hot flashes. Goodbye and good riddance Contrave!"

MattG November 21, 2019

For Obesity "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."

Abp · Taken for less than 1 month November 21, 2019

For Weight Loss "On the third day of taking Contrave, I experienced severe abdominal cramping. Comparable to labor pains. I was also in the bathroom almost every hour. I figured I would give it a few more days for my body to get used to it. On day 7, the stomach cramping was even more severe than on day 3. And that was taking only the morning pill, there was absolutely no way I was going to add in the second pill when I was in that much pain. I haven’t taken it for 2 days and I am still having stomach pain and discomfort. It’s extremely disappointing that I spent so much on this medication and couldn’t take it more than a week. Such a waste."

MrsG · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 13, 2019

For Obesity "I am very happy with this Contrave pill; I take it right before bed and at lunch time. I have never experienced nausea or headaches, but I have experienced constipation ( which I remedied with extra water and vegetables) and some restless night around week three. I didn't have much to lose, so it's not falling off but it allows me to not crave food, binge eat and I really could care less about a drink at night or on the weekends. My water consumption is at 100 oz, which is a huge improvement!"