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For Obesity "I am 31 yr old female, 5'6" at 248 lbs. I have a thyroid issue and was struggling to loose weight. My Dr prescribed me contrave to see if it would help kick start my weight loss (lost 15lbs previously but had plateaued). I had high hopes for Contrave, but after a month and 1/2, I'm done. It immediately made me feel shakey and jittery. I tried stretching out the increase in pills but it didn't seem to make a difference. I got up to the 4 pills/day but other than not eating as much, I haven't lost any weight. I actually gained a couple of lbs. However the worst side effect was the constipation. I tried taking fiber pills, eating lots of vegetables, etc and nothing helped. I even tried a laxative which helped some. I felt miserable!"

   
1.0

TXsunhine85 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I'm only on day 2 of one pill in the morning. I have been loopy, tired and jittery both days. all day. Dry mouth is manageable but I was so nervous driving I did not go out today at all. I'm 52, 5 '10" and 175lb with hypertension, high cholesterol and pre diabetes. I have a few more days in me but may have to do this on my own if I can't shake the high feelings."

   
3.0

ARW March 22, 2017

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For Obesity "I'm a 49 year old male 5'10" and weighed in at 253 on March 8th 2016. I've lost 13 pounds in that time and found the side effects very minor in the first couple weeks only. I was doing very little exercise and have a job that I sit at a desk all day. I definitely recommend this to anyone like myself that has a hard time getting motivated to work out. As I loss weight & see my progress without exercising it actually has been motivating me to workout to increase my weight loss. As for the cost I pay $94 for 120 pills. My insurance supposedly pays $45 but I question that because under the Contrave card the the cost should be $90-$100 anyway. Should I not get $45 off the $94? I will be checking in to that. That's my Contrave story."

   
9.0

Topher67 March 22, 2017

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For Obesity "I've just started my 4th week with 2 pills in the a.m. & 2 in the p.m. & I haven't lost anything ! Not even an ounce. :( I am so discouraged and upset. I was excited when my Dr. Had prescribed it to me to lose the weight. I thought what a perfect boost. I already workout 3 days a week at the gym ...but since taking contrave I've felt tired all the time , some days fuzzy as if I had. Vertigo...I may give it another month and if I do t show any improvement I'll stop taking it. Today is 3/20/17 I'm at 202 & 5'7 I'll let you know in another month if it was worth it."

   
3.0

Deb. A March 21, 2017

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For Weight Loss "Been on this pill for 6 days and no loss of weight. First day felt weak, slept all day getting up to pee only. Woke up very hungry. 2nd and 3rd day abdominal pain, back pain, weak and very hungry. 4,5,6 day tired feeling cramps but still eating a lot as very hungry. Wish I knew 4 pills needed to max results as I feel if 4 pills need may not be effective. Discomfort not worth taking with no results. Too expensive not covered by insurance. So far very disappointed and 90.00 less in pocket. Please buy a week at time and see if works for you. Talk to Pharmacist"

   
1.0

Not worth results cost too muc (taken for less than 1 month) March 21, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I took Contrave for 2 weeks but didn't lose any weight, it did help with some of my cravings and I felt like I was eating a lot less food. It made me feel Tipsy and felt like it was affecting my memory. I can't believe that people are loosing all this weight and I'm still at my start weight. What am I doing wrong???"

   
4.0

MoreL (taken for less than 1 month) March 20, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I started on Contrave this past Friday 3/17, I felt sleepy all day and slight headache, I had read someone else did same, but thereafter, she was ok while continuing Contrave, so I went on to day 2, but I was like a zombie, just wanted to sit and stare, dizzy, I haven't felt that bad in awhile. I decided I can't handle this ,so I stopped. I will say, I wasn't the least bit hungry. I called my pharmacy today for refund, they referred me to Contrave Hotline, I paid 92.00 that could went on other bills, to be told I can't get refund. I am very disappointed in this program and wish I never tried it."

   
1.0

PammySC March 20, 2017

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For Obesity "SW: 182 CW: 182 GW: 135 (I'm 5'1"). This is only day 2 for me, so it's too early for me to have a meaningful rating. On day 1, I drank a lot of water and that seemed to keep the nausea away. However, I felt sort of "tipsy" all day and had to take a nap in the afternoon. I had more nausea today, but think that was, in part, because I drank coffee. More water, a Bonine tablet, and I'm okay. Still feeling a little tipsy, though, and had to have a nap again. Thank goodness it's the weekend, but I'm back at work tomorrow and there will be no napping. I'm supposed to stay on this dose for a week and I have no desire to rush it. Oh--and my cravings are gone, but I have felt hungry. But it's true hunger, not my usual eating to relieve boredom."

   
5.0

Nanderson27 (taken for less than 1 month) March 19, 2017

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For Weight Loss "The Facts: Started medication on 2/12/2017 at 168.7# (5'5"), 57 yo female. I started with 2 pills in the a.m. (with a light breakfast - scrambled eggs or the like). Side effects were very minimal, first couple of days I felt a little "fuzzy" but nothing major. Other than that, I have been fortunate to only have positive results. The first week I lost 7.5 lbs. Since then it has been slow to come off, but I am focused. I let the medication do what it is supposed to do, in that it really curbs your cravings and hunger. It is NOT like phentermine, thank god. Sleep much better and has helped with RLS! Total weight loss today 10 lbs. Wish I could write more, but limited space."

   
8.0

SunSandSea (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 19, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I love this medicine, was working so good no side effects, went to the pharmacy to get more they told me was descontinued ."

   
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Tristao March 19, 2017

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For Obesity "I am in the middle of week 3. I have lost 11 pounds and am thrilled. I had no side effects except a little constipation. I was feeling great. Then 2 days ago I noticed my jaw clenching up. I felt like I was grinding my teeth. Then the last time I had this happen to me I was on Buproprion. Same drug in this Contrave. By the next day I was feeling jittery, clenched jaw and a little spacey. Not feeling quite right at all. Kind of nervous and almost feeling like I shouldn't be driving. If I was busy I didn't notice it. But when I was still it was terrible. I am so sad, I think I am going to have to quit taking it. I have had such good results and it was really helping me with my cravings. I just was not hungry."

   
3.0

crafty1co (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2017

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For Obesity "I took one starter dose of Contrave a few days ago. I had researched and read hundreds of reviews before taking it and none of them prepared me for how horrible I have felt for the past few days. I made sure to eat before I took it as advised by my doctor and pharmacist. About 30 minutes after taking it, I started feeling the dizziness and nausea. The side effects worsened throughout the day and I thought I was going to throw up several times. The nausea was worse than my worst hangover. The migraine and dizziness were also worse than any flu or anything I'd ever had before. I will never take that again. True, I hardly have eaten anything for the last 3 days, but not worth the side effects, or the $90 I paid to take one pill."

   
1.0

ellewest (taken for less than 1 month) March 17, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I started this medication yesterday, I must admit I am a little nervous because I do want it to work so very badly! Before I started I did read some of the triumphs and let downs on this page. I have gained a ton of weight in the past 3.5 years. I had my last child at 35 yrs old and I never bounced back. I work in customer service so I sit all day long!! I'm starting this journey at 243lbs. I am going on a business trip in September and am praying a lose a good amount of weight by then. I was also trying to change my food choices and workout more before I started contrave and am still incorporating. I haven't had any side effects but again only on day two. So good luck to all you ladies and gents!"

BigMamaJama (taken for less than 1 month) March 16, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I am on the second day of one pill in am and one in pm (week 2). No side effects except feeling extremely sleepy. I had been taking 300 mg a day of bupropion prior to starting this and I thought the tiredness was from having less in my system. From what I see it may be a side effect of this: drinking coffee to stay awake. Weight was down 3 pounds first week, then got my period so yesterday is was back up. Dry mouth, especially at night. Will this sleepiness go away???"

   
5.0

MDCPT (taken for less than 1 month) March 16, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I started this medication in December of 2016 the first month on the 2 in morning and 2 at night was hell. I could barely eat was always nauseous dizzy constipated lost 8 lbs the first month than the 2nd month I lost 2 this last month I have lost another 8. Start weight was 188lb down to 172lb I had higher expectations for this drug.. but so far no other drug over counters have worked thats why I turned to this drug.. the last week or two I have found my self eating unhealthy again and having cravings - I am hoping this is only bc I started my monthly.. I would recommend this drug if all else has failed. The side affects for this drug sucks at first but hang in there they will fade."

   
7.0

Lacykennedy (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 16, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I started this at the end of 1-30-17 weighing 141 lbs as of 3-15-17 I weigh 128 lbs I have always exercised( I am blessed I love to and love water)- and tried eating healthy- and couldn't for the life of me to lose anything. I take 1 in the morning and 1 before bed- I keep the bottle beside my bed so I don't forget to take both. My Dr. has me doing a blood draw the once a month since this can damage your liver- to make sure it isn't damaging my liver. I will probably get off of it since I am at a weight I love and being 5'4 1/2 ( have to put that 1/2 in there:0 ) I feel great- Kind scared me that I lost so much in a little amount of time - though , I am not complaining.It will be interesting to see what happens when I get off of it."

   
9.0

Camel2 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 15, 2017

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For Obesity "I've been taking contrave for 2 days with no cravings and no side effects. I will check back in a week I weigh 224."

Sklrdl10 March 15, 2017

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For Obesity "Well, today makes day 2 of taking Contrave. I am on Spring Break and want to monitor my side effects. Day 1 I was still hungry and with cravings. Day 2 took around 10 a.m made eggs with cheese, salmon croquette with a biscuit. I was only able to eat 1/3 of the egg..no biscuit, and took me 30 minutes to each a small portion of the salmon. So, I will come with an update in a week. I weigh in as 5'4" 251 lbs with no clothes. So, in a week. I will update you all. No activity currently involve."

   
6.0

South Breed (taken for less than 1 month) March 14, 2017

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For Obesity "This medicine definitely works!! Lost 5 pounds in the first 5 days even with cheat meals! No constipation like most had but I don't eat gluten. The only reason for a 9 is because it caused some anxiety and mood swings but I have bipolar disorder and depression anyways."

   
9.0

KaylaAshleyK March 14, 2017

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For Weight Loss "Starting weight 280. In Sept. of 2016 I started taking adapex (phentermine) and took that for 3 months. I lost about 20 pounds in those 3 months. I had severe dry mouth, heart palpitations, insomnia and constipation. When I switched over to Contrave I only experienced a slight bit of dry mouth and sleeplessness with a slight elevation of my blood pressure. I took Contrave for 9 months and lost another 50 pounds by eating right and exercising. After stopping Contrave I have regained 12 pounds in 6 months. Mainly due to not exercising and significant increase in appetite. I will retake the medication and will update my progress as I work toward my goal of 190. This is a good medication."

   
8.0

Huper March 14, 2017

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For Obesity "UPDATE..SW 259 as of 2/27 CW 255. Today is 3/13 CW 249, yes this is correct. I can't believe the scale. I am a shame to admit I still haven't incorporated exercise. For those who are reading this and can't decide based on these comments. You need to try it yourself, I was so afraid to try it after reading what people were experiencing with the symptoms. I have no symptoms and I am doing 2 pills in the morning and 1 at night. My insurance covered it so I only paid $30.00 with coupon for a 120 pills. My doctor called and schedule a 6 week follow up appointment to see if its working. We're aiming for 5% OF MY BODY WEIGHT in 6 weeks. At this rate I will have surpass that goal. If this pill did not work for me, my next option was surgery"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) March 13, 2017

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For Obesity "I have been on contrave for about 5 weeks now. I have lost, gained & lost 4lbs. I intend to stay on it another month and try to be more physically active. One thing I have noticed, is that my jeans are not as tight. I have actually gone in 1 - 2 notches on my belt. Which is more impressive to me than the 4 lbs. I had a few headaches off and on for the first 2 weeks, but nothing major. For me the side effects haven't been that bad. I have noticed that it has helped me A LOT with cravings and portions. With contrave, I haven't snacked all day at work or in the evening after supper. It has reduced the amount of food I am able to eat. If I over eat, I feel miserable. I was hoping to lose at least 10 lbs but that hasn't happened yet."

   
6.0

Marie06 March 13, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I've had an excellent experience on this medication. I have ben on the medication and it is now close to the time where I need to wean off. I have had side effects from this medication, though they were short lived and tolerable. During the 1st 6 weeks (+/- a week), I experienced nausea, head aches, borborygmus (or a loud active sounding intestinal tract). I did not have any vomiting or diarrhea ever. I did occasionally experience constipation which was alleviated by taking Colace (1-2 pills 1-2 times daily as needed). I began this journey almost a year ago to the date. I started out at 166 lbs (5'4) and moderately overweight. I am now healthier and happier. I currently weight 138 lbs and have a target weight of 135 lbs. Very successful."

   
9.0

successonthismedication March 13, 2017

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For Weight Loss "I wish I could give this drug less than a 1- I think it will be off the market soon- it was horrible- I have never felt so bad! Now on Phentermine and loving it!!!! Trust me- stay away from this drug!"

   
1.0

heathery1213 March 11, 2017

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For Obesity "This medication is extremely expensive.....It makes you think why most insurance doesn't cover it...Since I paid almost $200 my expectations are extremely high now...My dose starts today!"

   
1.0

Rocky Rover (taken for less than 1 month) March 11, 2017

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