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CONTRAVE: Oral tablet, extended release

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Contrave 8mg-90mg ER Tablet
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc
Pill Identification: NB-890 

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BUPROPION; NALTREXONE (byoo PROE pee on; nal TREX one) is a combination product used to promote and maintain weight loss in obese adults or overweight adults who also have weight related medical problems. This medicine should be used with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

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Average Scores
Easy to Take: 3.4 / 5
Works as Intended: 3.4 / 5
Tolerable: 3.4 / 5

worked at first now not so much
I began taking this medication in July 2015.It took about 4 days before I noticed a difference. In the beginning I would sometimes forget to eat, did not crave anything and was loosing nicely. By beginning I mean first 7 months. In February 2016 I began to notice the craving were coming back and I was not loosing as well as I was prior. I am still taking as my doctor said to stay on for a while longer until I am more at my ideal weight. I did loose 100 pounds so far however as I said it is slower now. maybe 4 to 5 pounds a month for the last 3 months. It will be one year I am on this drug and I probably will stay on for another year as I have about 45 to 55 more pounds to go. Did experience constipation and hair loss.
Helpful: 1
Unhelpful: 0
Dieter diva
June 15, 2016
From: Hazleton, PA
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Contrave
I love Contrave. I am starting my third month of taking Contrave and have lost more than I expected weight with minimal side effects.
Helpful: 4
Unhelpful: 0
Curent Contrave User
April 14, 2016
From: charlotte, NC
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Works sometimes
It started off good I lost 35 lbs in 3 months. This past month it has only been five pounds. Two side effects I have noticed is insomnia and I am more emotional i.e. crying.
Helpful: 3
Unhelpful: 0
Betty
February 17, 2016
From: Columbus, OH
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Works. Side Effect of Bruxism
The medication works as expected. I feel full faster and am eating less at each meal, resulting in weight loss. I am experiencing one side effect... teeth clenching, or bruxism. But I continue to take the medication as the benefits so far outweigh the side effect. I do have occasional difficulty in swallowing the pills, however.
Helpful: 4
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
January 03, 2016
From: New Jersey, NJ
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Disagree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Not Sure


GREAT
I have taken Contrave for about 10 months and have lost 45 lbs. I had to stop taking it due to knee replacement surgery while I was taking pain relievers but then started up again and continued to loose weight. Loosing weight slowly is better than a quick fix. I don't crave sweets and junk food like I use to and think I'm hungry but then when I eat..I don't want it. I want to continue to loose about 30 more pounds. Maintaining is really the hardest part!! Wish me luck!
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
November 05, 2015
From: PAOLI, IN
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Incredible
I use this not for the weight loss purpose but the the fact that I have been on a number of different medicines to help with my Fybromyalgia and its symptoms. Nothing had worked until the doctor put me on this. I cannot begin to tell you how incredible it is to have a quality of life back. If any of you know anyone that has Fybro PLEASE tell them about this medication if they are struggling and finding nothing that works. I'm 44 and feel like I have my life back.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
LD
November 03, 2015
From: Howard, OH
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Love it
I was scared to start the medication due to all of the reviews I read about feeling so nauseous and bad all the time. I'm usually a symptomatic person but this medication did not affect me in any of those ways. The first day I felt a bit woozy and lightheaded, but with rest I was fine. The second week that I started the 2 pills, I soon after rode in the car and I felt nauseous. I got home, rested, and again felt better. From there on, I only got a bit of dry mouth but it has caused me to drink water the way I should've all along. I also sweat excessively as soon as I feel hot, but I rather feel that than be nauseous all day. I have taken it with food all along, avoiding to take it with high fat meals. I notice that soon after I take it I have to use the restroom, but again, this is the least of my worries. My experience has been great and I am thankful for this medication. I have been taking it for 6 weeks. Now, my problem was that I couldn't stop craving sweets and couldn't control myself from eating sugary snacks and bad food all day. I would also drink a lot of flavored coffee. The first week I felt like I became hungrier, I got worried, but through the next week my cravings reduced immensely. I didn't even want sweets and I actually quit the coffee cold turkey with great success. I have also become disgusted to think about high fat foods like burgers, pastas, etc. I will occasionally have something sweet but I feel in control now. I stop after one bite or don't feel the need to keep eating more. My portion sizes have also reduced a lot. I eat small portions throughout the day, and I don't even feel like eating until fullness. I stop eating when my stomach feels good enough without reaching the level of full or stuffed. In these 6 weeks I have lost 10 pounds, which is not as much as other people, but it makes me extremely happy. I was stuck for a while and was depressed with my condition, I felt hopeless but now I have hope. I also have to take into account that I have not exercised due to my scheduling but I plan on fixing my schedule soon so that I exercise. Im sure I'll lose much more when I begin exercising. One last thing, I am not counting calories. I have done it in the past and although it helped me lose weight, it caused me a lot of stress and uneasiness. So this time, I am slowly cutting out bad things and reducing portions, which has been enough to help me lose the 10 pounds, while remaining happy throughout the weeks. Overall I am very grateful, pleased, and excited for what's to come.
Helpful: 13
Unhelpful: 0
Jasmine
September 09, 2015
From: Mentone, CA
Age: 19-24
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


It works!
Definitely curbs your appetite. Makes you a little tired. I've been on it 5 months and lost 35 pounds. I started at 167 and am 132 now.
Helpful: 9
Unhelpful: 0
Sheri
August 25, 2015
From: Southgate, MI
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Works
Works pretty well in the first few weeks i saw the greatest results I'm 6 2 and weigh 262 I've been on it for a couple of months now and I'm down to 249 and still dropping weight. Dry mouth is the only side effect ive noticed but the upside is it makes me drink water through out the day
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 0
Anonymous
June 20, 2015
From: Alvin, TX
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Disagree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Agree


works well
Pill is pretty big so not too easy to swallow. It does curb appetite as intended.
Helpful: 7
Unhelpful: 3
Jodinurse
May 28, 2015
From: Laurel, MS
Age: 25-34
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, extended release
Easy to Take: Disagree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Not Sure