In September, 2014, the FDA approved another weight loss medication – Contrave, a combination of the popular antidepressant and smoking cessation drug, Bupropion along with Naltrexone, a medication used in opioid addiction. This is the third new weight loss drug approved by the FDA in the last 3 years after approving Qsymia (Phentermine and Topiramate) and Belviq (Lorcaserin) for helping people lose weight.
Bupropion/naltrexone (Contrave) in sustained release formulation is approved for obesity defined as a body mass index of 30 or more.
Bupropion/naltrexone is a combination of two existing FDA approved drugs, bupropion and naltrexone both of which have individually shown some evidence of effectiveness in weight loss, and the combination is expected to have a synergistic effect just like the other combination medications such as Qsymia(Phentermine and Topiramate).
How effective is Contrave?
In the clinical trials, patients taking Contrave combined with diet and exercise lost more weight than patients taking a placebo and following the same diet and exercise program averaging about 5% of their body weight. This compares well with 3% body weight seen with Belviq although a bit less than the 9% seen in Qsymia.
Dosing of Contrave
The recommended daily dose of Contrave is two (8 mg naltrexone/90 mg bupropion) tablets taken twice daily (4 tablets total – 32 mg naltrexone, 360 mg bupropion).
Dose escalation of Contrave
Upon starting at a low dose of a quarter-dose (or one tablet) for one week and a pill will be added to the regimen each week until the full recommended dose is reached on Week 4.
Price of Contrave
Compared to the other new weight loss medications, Belviq and Qsymia, Contrave is a bit more affordable costing about 45-75 dollars per month depending on insurance coverage. With no insurance coverage, it only costs $75.00 per month. However, the more cost effective combination might still be the W8MD Phentermine and Topiramate at $45.00 biweekly.
Safety and Side Effects of Contrave
The most common adverse reactions reported with Contrave include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, and diarrhea.
According to Dr Prab R. Tumpati, MD – a leading weight loss physician and founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America, Contrave is a valuable tool in fighting obesity that affects over a third of the entire population of the United States with significant morbidity and mortality contributing to 50 other medical problems.
Locations for Contrave in USA
W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America is one of the first weight loss programs to start offering Contrave for eligible patients to help lose weight and is available at their weight loss locations in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call W8MD today at 1-800-W8MD-007 to learn more or to setup a consultation.
Insurance covered medical weight loss
As one of the very few medical weight loss centers that accepts health insurance for the physician weight loss visits, W8MD gets patients from far and near including other states!
Weight loss centers that offer Contrave in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Insurance Weight Loss & Sleep Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334
Contrave doctors in Greater Philadelphia
King Of Prussia Weight Loss & Sleep Center: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334
If you are looking for Doctors in New York City that prescribe Contrave, you may want to contact the New York City W8MD medical weight loss center location at 718-946-5500.
Contrave doctors New York City
NYC Insurance Weight Loss & Sleep Center: 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214 Ph: 1-718-946-5500.
Contrave doctors in New Jersey
For those living in New Jersey looking to try Contrave, please contact the W8MD weight loss program will be offered soon at Vida Sleep Center of Dr. Felix Roque’s office at 543, 45th Street, Union City, New Jersey. 543 45th St, Union City, NJ 07087. Phone: (201) 766-6469.