• Weight Loss with Contrave: Warning and Advocacy

  • A Fresh Look at the Contrave “Diet” Pill: (naltrexone HCI/bupriopion HCI)

    At Svelte MD’s medical weight loss clinics, we are always keeping track of up and coming trends in weight loss. There is quite a buzz about Contrave in the market and many are searching for answers. Many are looking for decent contrave reviews. We have put together a list of some of the concerns people have had including information on warnings, side effects and success . We hope that the information helps you find the right path for your weight loss needs.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Contrave Reviews

    Q: What is Contrave?

    A: Contrave is weight loss medication that is prescription only and the FDA approved medication that may help overweight adults or those struggling with obesity to not only lose weight, but also keep weight off. Contrave should be combined with a diet and exercise plan.

    Q: Am I able to get a Contrave prescription at Svelte MD?

    A: Yes, This medication is not one we dispense, however a physician is required for written. We also recommend that you approach any online offer with extreme skepticism. In Florida, only pharmacies dispense this particular class of drug / prescription.

    Q: What main ingredients are found in Contrave?

    A: There are two popular FDA drugs found in Contrave, bupropion and naltrexone, both of which have individually on the market for more than twenty years. Bupropion is an antidepressant that is uses in the treatment of depression as well as seasonal affective disorder; it also used to help with smoking cessation treatment. Naltrexone is a medication for anti-addiction which is used to treat opioid or alcohol dependence. Individually these drugs are not approved as a form of weight loss and Contrave is not indicated to treat smoking cessation, opioid or alcohol dependence, or depression.

    Q: How does Contrave actually work?

    A: The exact neurochemical effects that Contrave has towards weight loss have not yet been fully understood. It is believed however that Contrave works on two sections of the brain, the mesolimbic reward system which helps to control cravings and the hypothalamus that helps to reduce levels of hunger. Both of these can stand in the way of weight loss. Over three one-year studies, almost half of the patients that were on Contrave lost at least five percent, if not more of their original body weight on comparison with twenty three percent of patients who were on a placebo.  After looking at the data, most would agree that the success stories in this scientific research legitimize the existence of this drug and has led to many weight loss forum discussions.

    Who is Contrave Best Suited For?

    Q: Who is the ideal candidate for taking Contrave?

    The use of Contrave has been approved for adults who have a BMI (body mass index) of thirty or greater which indicates obesity, or a BMI of twenty seven or greater which means they are overweight and have at least one condition that is related to weight, for example type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. It must be used along with increased physical activity and a diet that is reduced in calories.

    Not everyone is an ideal candidate for Contrave, if any of the following applies, do not take Contrave:
    • Are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant
    • Have a seizure disorder
    • Are under the age of eighteen
    • Have an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia
    • Use other medications which contain bupropion, for example Aplenzin and Wellbutrin.
    • Have uncontrolled hypertension

    Contrave Side Effects

    Q: What side effects are most common with Contrave?

    A: The side effects of Contrave that were most commonly reported are constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth and insomnia.

    Q: Are there any serious side effects linked to Contrave?

    A: If while taking Contrave you were to experience any of the symptoms below, immediately stop taking Contrave and inform your healthcare provider right away:

    • Seizures
    • Suicidal thoughts or actions
    • Increase in heart rate or blood pressure
    • Manic episodes
    • Hepatitis or liver damage, symptoms of this could include pain in the stomach area which last more than a few days, yellowing of the whites of your eyes, dark urine, or fatigue
    • Hypoglycemia which is a higher risk of low blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes mellitus and whoa are also on medication to treat said diabetes, for example sulfonylureas or insulin.
    • Vision problems which include changes in vision, eye pain, redness or swelling around or in the eye.
    • Severe allergic reactions, symptoms and signs may include itching, rash, fever, gives, pains sores around the eyes or in the mouth, swollen lymph glands, swelling of the tongue or lips.

    Finally, we hope that over time, we will be able to collect more data from “in the trenches.”  We hope to be able to provide before and after photos and discussion on the cost vs. reward of the drug.

     

    Susie Bragg

    Dr. Richard and Susie Bragg have been committed to bringing our proven system of medical weight loss to Orlando, Florida and the surrounding area for well over a decade. With a 90% success rate, we believe Svelte MD is the best way to lose weight fast and keep it off forever. We have a plan that fits every person, regardless of medical background or age. Get on board with us and discover a new, fabulous you!