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User Reviews for Contrave (Page 2)

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Obesity  
6.9
1174 reviews 65 medications
Weight Loss  
6.2
691 reviews 42 medications

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Reviews for Contrave

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.”

8 / 10
Roxie · Taken for less than 1 month October 9, 2019

For Weight Loss: “I have been on Contrave for 3 weeks. My first 2 days I was a little light headed but that did not last long. It has certainly curbed my appetite and slowed down my cravings. After 3 weeks on Contrave I have lost 20 pounds. I did cut out sugar and I am watching my carbs. I am getting my energy back. It is working great for me. I drink at least 4-5 bottles of water a day. No soda. No junk food. I am very pleased with my results.”

9 / 10
JL · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 17, 2021

For Weight Loss: “I posted here on 14 Feb having lost 10kg in 6 weeks. I am now 15 weeks into my Contrave journey I am now 19kg (42 lbs) down which I am so happy with. I am down 2 dress sizes and feel great, everyone is commenting how good I look and clothes shopping is so easy now! March was hard for me due to a vacation and weekends away which meant my diet wasn't as controlled. I found myself making better food choices and exercising on holidays and while the loss was minimal for a month, I still I lost weight. I and am now back on track and it's dropping off again. 9kg more til my goal weight but I am feeling confident I might be able to set another (lower) goal soon if I keep losing weight.”

10 / 10

Frequently asked questions

Lydia · Taken for less than 1 month September 22, 2020

For Weight Loss: “Started Contrave a week ago - 1 tablet in the morning. Only side affect was got a bit of a headache for the first two days, doubled my water consumption to approximately 4-5litres a day and no more headaches. Prior to Contrave I was addicted to all sweets, especially chocolate, drank sugary drinks, was a constant snacker and over eater. I do not crave these things anymore which feels amazing. Within a week I have more energy, feel better about myself and have gained the confidence to beat my food addictions. Week 2 starts tomorrow. My starting weight is 95kg with a BMI of 37. Haven’t weighed in yet, however, can feel a slight Duffy in the tightness of my clothes.”

10 / 10
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.”

9 / 10
Michelle January 5, 2021

For Weight Loss: “I have been struggling with weight loss since my hysterectomy. My starting weight was 168 and I am down to 160. I just started week 3 taking 2 pills in the Am and 1 pill in the pm. I really have not changed my diet. I do not crave sugar or carbs. I can just walk away from the donut. I can't report any side effects. I have not felt nausea or any of the listed side effects. I plan on adding more exercise. For me this pill works.”

10 / 10
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.”

1 / 10

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Panda71 · Taken for less than 1 month March 24, 2021

For Weight Loss: “I've just finished week 1 of this medication, and it works. It seems to of turned off the obsessive side of my brain. The 'I need MORE' feelings. I haven't wanted to binge, or overspend. I haven't had any side effects at all? I'll report back on the weight loss after 4 weeks, but at the moment the only negative is the $240 a box cost.”

10 / 10
SkinnyGirlFinally July 27, 2019

For Obesity: “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.”

10 / 10
TITAN · Taken for less than 1 month April 20, 2021

For Weight Loss: “Today is my first day taking Contrave. Lo and behold I tool the pill 2 hours ago and my desire to gorge myself on sweets is gone! I'll be going on my usual 3500 steps tomorrow at the park. Today for lunch I had a piece of trout, cottage cheese and 1 half bake potato, Let us see what day 2 has in store for me and I'll keep you informed. Forward and onward!”

10 / 10
Gskin · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 9, 2021

For Obesity: “I had been struggling with my weight for the past couple of years, having PCOS, and losing all my self confidence. Went from my fittest 72-75kgs to a whopping 96kg. It was by chance I was visiting my GP due to carpal tunnel, when she then mentioned weight loss could assist with alleviating some of the pain. I started on Contrave and this pill basically switched off the persistent unhealthy craving voice in my head. I felt nauseated at times but nothing unbearable- as long as you don’t eat fatty foods. Today, a month from the first pill I took I have lost 7kg and gone from size 14 to 12. This medication is helping me reshape my habits and teach my body to be satisfied with less, teach myself to seek comfort in wholesome outlets instead of food. Food is my fuel, not my pleasure, and I am ok with that. I still have 14kgs to go to reach my goal. And I am motivated and excited to keep on going.”

10 / 10
Endless7 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 3, 2019

For Obesity: “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!!”

10 / 10
Allie Harris · Taken for less than 1 month April 12, 2021

For Weight Loss: “I wasn’t 100% certain that Contrave would help me lose weight since I have tried and failed at so many diets. Contrave proved me wrong. I began taking Contrave on March 16 and today 4/12, I am down 10 pounds. I didn’t get on the scale until April. No side effects at this point, but of course everyone is different. I will continue my Contrave journey until I reach my goal weight. Thanks Contrave!”

9 / 10
Megan0831 January 14, 2017

For Obesity: “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.”

10 / 10
Edzy · Taken for less than 1 month September 11, 2020

For Weight Loss: “I started using Contrave 2 weeks ago , First day I was good , second day I felt a little suck third day I was googling the "best nausea pills " I was ready to give up, I had headaches felt very weak and didn't eat at all for the next 2 days I also was sleeping very light ( I'm a heavy sleeper) and woke up multiple times during the night. That was my first week. 2nd week I was afraid to take 2 pills but I must say 2nd week my body got use to the pills, I'm now coming into my third week. I feel fine. I lost 2 kgs already but it was mostly being sick and not eating. I do feel my appetite has lessened a lot. If you can get through the first week. Give it chance. Drink lots of water, exercise and eat a lot of small portion healthy meals and snacks our body still needs it's fuel:)”

8 / 10
Lisa September 23, 2019

For Obesity: “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.”

10 / 10
SeeM · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 13, 2021

For Obesity: “I have been taking Contrave for a month and a half. In this time, I have lost 15 lbs. Since day one, my appetite has been decreased. I did extend my ramp up to 4 pill but only because I was having success with fewer. I have have very few side effects--the exception is constipation due to the calorie restriction and I am just conscious of my fiber to remedy this issue. As I've lost weight, I've tried to eat very mindfully and take pleasure in the taste of food and I've found myself eating much healthier and smaller portions. I know that some people experience bad side effects but believe me, that is not always the case. It has been a wonderful experience.”

10 / 10
JanaBell October 31, 2019

For Weight Loss: “Took Contrave and lost 30 pounds. Was nauseated at first but found that taking it with a non drowsy over the counter motion sick medication did the trick. I’m 5’9 and started at 180. Took 6 months to get down to 150. I would recommend it to anyone with sugar cravings.”

10 / 10
T. rex · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 8, 2015

For Obesity: “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.”

10 / 10
Bear01 March 18, 2019

For Obesity: “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!!!!”

10 / 10
Jas · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 30, 2019

For Weight Loss: “I started Contrave back in February 2019. I have been taking it ever since. I did at first get bad headaches when I first started taking the full dose so I backed off and took the smaller dose a week longer which helped a ton. I eat smaller portions now since taking Contrave I do get full faster. My cravings are less but I do get them occasionally not bad though. I rarely snack. It's October now so I've been taking it over 8 months and I have lost 50lbs so far. I'm sure if I would stick to a strict diet and exercise it probably would have come off faster but my calorie intake is a lot less so it's coming off just fine for me. For me it's working great.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 20, 2019

For Obesity: “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”

10 / 10
JL · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 14, 2021

For Weight Loss: “6 weeks into my Contrave journey and I am loving it. I have lost 10.2kg (22.4 lbs) so far and I feel amazing. I had mild side effects for the first 4 weeks - some dizziness and headaches (usually worse the day after increasing the dose) and constipation. All side effects ceased after week 4 but I do continue to take a stool softener every few days as precaution. Food cravings disappeared within a few hours of the first tablet and I am able to stick to a 1000 calorie diet eating 3 meals and a small snack each day. I have been exercising every day (cardio 4 times / week, yoga 3 - 4 times / week and walking 8000 - 10000 steps / day). Haven't drunk coffee since week 2 and barely drink alcohol as I don't feel like it and was worried about seizures. I think Contrave is amazing, I feel for the first time ever that losing 28kg will actually be achievable, and whats more I am already 10kg down... only 18kg more to go to put me from obese to a healthy weight range for my height.”

10 / 10
Hey Jude May 29, 2020

For Weight Loss: “Day 1. 9am I took my first tablet with breakfast ( poached egg on toast) Felt great & went for a 6 k walk. At 1pm I was feeling very nauseous & also very spaced out. Spent 2 hours in bed . At 3.30 I got up & had some soup & felt fine . Day 2. I was very nervous about taking the tablet again so I contacted Doctor & she prescribed anti nausea meds . Took my tablet with beans & toast, drank plenty of water. It is now 2.3pm and I feel fine .. didn’t need to take anti nausea medication”

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. ”

8 / 10

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