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User Reviews for Contrave (Page 5)

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Obesity  
6.9
1175 reviews 65 medications
Weight Loss  
6.2
693 reviews 42 medications

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Reviews for Contrave

livvsmum · Taken for less than 1 month February 16, 2015

For Obesity: “I am currently in week 2 (about 1/2 way through) and have lost 6.6 pounds already. I am quite pleased with that. This has helped greatly to curb my cravings completely and decrease my appetite overall. I haven't had any negative side effects, no nausea, etc.”

10 / 10
Happy Man December 8, 2018

For Obesity: “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 / 10
Futter February 1, 2015

For Obesity: “I don't know if I would have made it through the side effects if I didn't have a closer friend starting Contrave at the same time. Headache, dizziness, nausea, sleepy but they have all almost gone away. If you can make it through the first 1-2 weeks it gets better. The 20lbs I've lost makes it worth while.”

8 / 10

Frequently asked questions

CityGal · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 18, 2019

For Weight Loss: “I am at exactly 2 months in. I have lost 10 pounds. No, that's not a huge amount like some of the other people you see on here but I guarantee you that I would have lost ZERO pounds if I hadn't taken this drug. At first, I had some daytime drowsiness and some vivid dreams but that has gone away. It also causes some constipation but I have IBS-D, so this actually balanced things out for me lol. I think this works depending on what your food issue is. I have a bit of an addictive personality and this has really helped me. I don't obsess over food anymore. I feel like a "normal" person when it's meal time. I only eat when I'm actually HUNGRY and not when I'm bored or sad or happy or celebrating or whatever. I don't mindlessly eat when I'm watching my shows. I don't even think about food at all unless I'm physically hungry. It has really helped me and I'm excited that I'm finally going down in weight instead of up.”

8 / 10
Cindy Lou 40 January 20, 2017

For Weight Loss: “I have just completed my first month on Contrave. I have lost 9 pounds. I didn't experience any significant side effects. I was nervous at first because I didn't want something influencing my mind but the only thing it influenced was my appetite. I am less hungry all the time. I often have to force myself to eat. I am working on making better eating choices and exercising. So far so good! I just purchased my second month supply and am eager to keep losing the weight. I will post again after this supply is finished.”

10 / 10
DrAhimsa February 23, 2019

For Obesity: “I am a physician, fitness professional and clinical nutritionist who prescribes Contrave for patients in the morbidly obese range (BMI>35) with co morbidities. My experience has been that ALL prescription and OTC weight loss medications carry risk of adverse side effects. Contrave combines two medications I trust. Bupropion is one of the older and most widely prescribed antidepressants on the market and research studies show up to 40% of people prescribed will lose weight...in contrast with SSRI class antidepressants associated with weight gain and increased appetite. I have two patients who were unable to tolerate side effects including tachycardia and sleep disturbance.”

6 / 10
Tiffany E. From Texas · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 23, 2016

For Weight Loss: “I'm a 32 yr old widowed single mom to 3 children ages 14, 8 & 6. 18 months ago I was 296 lbs. & was literally on my death bed it felt like. I had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, pcos with high insulin resistance, b12 deficiency, high cholesterol & my triglycerides were outta this world. I felt hopeless because dieting & going to the gym were an all time fail so my Dr wrote a prescription for Contrave. I didn't really notice any side effects other than a rapid heartbeat & this medication not only helped me lose weight it's helped me quit smoking! In 18 months I've lost 147 lbs & went from plus size 26/28 clothes to a 10 in juniors pants and L/XL shirts. I love this medication & would recommend it to anyone.”

10 / 10

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ShelleyNC · Taken for less than 1 month February 5, 2015

For Obesity: “I've finished week 2 on Contrave. I'm down 4 pounds. My doctor is pleased. He doesn't want me losing any faster than that. For me, no side effects. My doctor also said it can take 4 weeks for the full effect which makes sense because it takes that long to get to the full dose. Stick with it.”

8 / 10
Sjh · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 14, 2019

For Obesity: “I took contrave as prescribed to loss weight and am very happy with the results. I stopped thinking about food all the time, and as I lost all my cravings it was easy to eat healthy and by adding exercise I have so far lost 15lbs in 8 weeks. Side effects for me were very mild and soon passed.”

10 / 10
Bo · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 7, 2019

For Weight Loss: “I started on Contrave in May 2018. I started out weighing 215 lbs. One year later, May 2019, I weigh 168 lbs. I have 13 more lbs to go to reach my goal. I play doubles tennis or bike ride 5 days a week. I am 72 years old and I now have so much more energy since losing the weight. I had no side effects and will take 4 tablets a day until I reach my goal. Once I get there, I will cut down the tablets to three a day, then 2 a day and then 1 a day to maintain. I know Contrave is quite expensive but since I was never successful with any other programs to lose weight I will pay the price. Once I get down to 1 a day, I will be happy and save lots of money.”

10 / 10
Chasity907 February 5, 2017

For Obesity: “Hello!!! I'm a 28 year old female Started out at 233 lb. doctor put me on Phentermine and it was the WORST--ended up in the hospital with severe dehydration and heart palpitation. It also made me so tired I couldn't even function!!!! Thankfully she took me off last week and started me on Contrave for my addictive personality (food and cigarettes). Well this is day 5 and I haven't had a craving for a ciggy yet AND I'm down 8 lbs....the key is YOU HAVE TO EAT. You have to eat 5 small meals a day and drink drink drink that water!!!!!! Incorporate exercise too. I don't think most people are doing any of the above that's why they have no results!!! I haven't had any side effects (yet, knock on wood). But I really think this medicine is it”

10 / 10
PrettyandPink March 19, 2015

For Obesity: “I started Contrave March 1 and as of March 19 I'm down 15 pounds! I'm very pleased with that amount of weight lost. I have not had any side effects so far! So I will continue on. I will check back later and give you an update what the full one month total weight lose was.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month March 13, 2017

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 / 10
HeathsMom · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 7, 2017

For Obesity: “UPDATE : Starting weight 221.6lbs on April 8th, 5ft 3" tall, 47yr old female, this morning I am 188lbs. That's 33.6lbs down basically without exercising. Down from a size 18 shorts to a 14. I have a few clothes that once were too tight and my gut hung over that fit me now. And shorts I bought 4 years ago that I can pull off without unbuttoning. I have jeans from 2004 that I kept that were sentimental and I can almost button without a muffin top. This is why I push on....this is something I never thought I would feel, I look in the mirror and sorta see the old me coming back....its working for me and my husband can tell you my self confidence is better than its been in a LONG time!”

9 / 10
Twee · Taken for less than 1 month March 22, 2019

For Obesity: “I started contrave on 3/20/19 this is my first time taking the drug an I have read plenty comments this is my second day an I did have a slight headache today but it didn't last long at all. I can say that I like to eat but my cravings for food have decreased a lot I only ate twice today but I had to force myself to eat that. My starting weight is 320lb. I will post again soon, I pray this works for me. Don't give up on it also I have had dry mouth as well. An trouble sleeping at night I am also following a light diet.”

5 / 10
Kellyoke72 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 9, 2017

For Obesity: “I have been on Contrave for 9 months and have lost 80.1 pounds. I still have to do the work (eat right and exercise). For me it has been a tool to help me make better decisions. I still have a ways to go, but am confident I can continue to be successful.”

10 / 10
Baseball mom 38 August 27, 2016

For Obesity: “I went to my doctor and heard the words "obese". It was a huge wake up call for me. I tried a weight loss program,the Adkins diet, weight watchers and when all of those failed, I consulted with a bariatric surgeon. On my first physical for the surgery, he said "let's try contrave and if this doesn't help, we will proceed with preparing for the surgery. That was on June 28th at 5'2 , 205 lbs. Today, August 27th, I weigh 164 lbs. My personal goal is 150 lbs. After that, my doctors, nutritionist and I will evaluate where to go from there. Contrave has changed my life. I've had no side effects and my appetite has reduced drastically. I love to exercise now and love fresh fruit. I will never be able to thank my prescribing doctor enough.”

10 / 10
Supergirl · Taken for less than 1 month October 28, 2019

For Obesity: “Today is my 3rd day on Contrave. The first two days I did experience headaches and was light headed. I have small hives on my eyelids. No headaches today. My appetite has curbed tremendously I usually eat all day, now not as much. Was 202lbs when I started will weigh on Day 7”

Thankful4Contrave · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 24, 2017

For Obesity: “I started taking Contrave Decmber 8, 2017. I have a very stressful job and sit pretty much all day. My weight is a problem and I need to lose around 120 lbs total. Today, 2 and 1/2 months after starting Contrave, I am down 28 pounds!!! I no longer crave chocolate and I don't eat unless I'm hungry. I haven't started a set exercise plan yet, have just been modifying my eating/sugar intake. First month or so, I did not experience any negative side effects. Have recently had some issues with constipation but I added back my morning cup of coffee and that has helped :) Also have experienced a little bit of dry mouth but that helpes me drink more water, which, is a plus. Overall I am very happy with these results!!”

10 / 10
Di January 17, 2021

For Weight Loss: “In the beginning when I first started Contrave some of the side effects were not great. Then I went down to 2 pills in am and 1 pm and things were fine. I find myself not eating as much still love my sugar and sweets but not as much”

9 / 10
Romib · Taken for less than 1 month December 19, 2020

For Obesity: “The sucky thing is this medicine made me absolutely nauseous and throw up completely on my second week. After two full weeks of taking two pills I just could not stand it and I even have an anti nausea from my doctor and it didn't help one bit I just completely lost it and got completely sick I want to keep taking this medicine cuz I do notice a difference in my portions and not only that but I was starting to slowly notice a little bit of change right away which was nice but I can't do this nausea every single day it's affecting my ability to work.”

Jo · Taken for less than 1 month July 28, 2020

For Weight Loss: “After my 3rd day on Contrave, I became really shaky and had hot flashes. I had to discontinue the drug. I did not want to chance it, but my shakiness and hot flashes did go away. I am 83 years old and I figure the drug is not for me.”

1 / 10
Steph P December 28, 2016

For Weight Loss: “I started contrave on Feb 5, 2016. It took me a minute before I actually began to use the medication because I was nervous of the side effects. During that time I weighed 240 pound wearing a size 18 pant size. After speaking with my physician who's also a weigh specialist informed me that the side effects will be minor and will not last long. Once I began the medication, taking one a day for the 1st week and 2 for 2nd; increasing the dosage until I was on 2 in the morning and 2 at night. I did suffer mild headaches and dry mouth during the first 2 weeks it went away and I have been doing fine ever since. As of Dec 27, 2016, I can joyously say I am 201 pounds wearing a size12 pants.”

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

For Weight Loss: “I am in the 4th week of taking Contrave and have lost 4 kilos. I am taking the full dose of 4 tablets today and have not experienced a single side effect apart from almost zero desire to drink alcohol and a significant decrease in my desire for food. I am going to stick with it and see how I go as I have ten more kilos I want to lose. I am 48, I don't do much exercise but the weight coming off has spurred me to join the gym.”

9 / 10
sniffy March 6, 2019

For Obesity: “I got a new doctor and said I want to lose weight I need help, I need someone to help me with my back. She sent me to PT, after just the 1 visit it was a massive improvement. She also put me on contrave. I started at 376lb I'm a bit over 3 months in now I am down over 38 lbs (doctor verified). I had a few days where I had stomach pain in the beginning but it passed quickly. The only side affects I have is my gag reflex is bad and if I bend over and stand up too fast I get light headed. I'm sure it doesn't work for everyone but I feel fantastic. I haven't started much exercise yet other than a bit more normal walking. I changed a lot about what I eat and how much and also am really paying attention to portions and calories but not counting. I have Kaiser and they cover it. I do not think this drug will help you if you do not make massive eating habit changes, its not a miracle drug, but for some people I think it helps if they are already motivated to lose weight.”

8 / 10

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