Contrave markets itself as the #1 branded weight loss pill on the market, so it caught my attention right away. How does a diet pill market itself as the number one weight loss pill anyway? To be clear, it is a prescription weight loss pill. It is only meant for adults with a BMI of 30 or higher. On their main website they market free online delivery with a doctors prescription is available. As with any prescription pill, it is going to come with side effects. There are also going to be studies done on the effectiveness of the pill. Take a look below at the findings, to see if this pill is worth it for you.
How Does Contrave Work?
It is rather simple to take once you are prescribed it, as it is a simple diet pill. This simple diet pill comes with side effects (see below). It is an extended release tablet that contains the antidepressant bupropion, and the drug that it meant to treat addictions naltrexone. When taking the pill, dieters are encouraged to reduce their daily calories and exercise.
There was a study done on a large group of people over 56 weeks, and the total weight loss from Contrave was a measly 12 pounds. They calculated only 9 of those pounds really came from the drug itself and the other three were from diet and exercise.
The Bottom Line: This easy to take extended release pill is loaded with strong drugs that will not only give you side effects but the results were less than impressive.
Is Contrave Safe?
Right on the website it states,
“One of the ingredients in CONTRAVE, bupropion, may increase the risk of suicidal thinking in children, adolescents, and young adults. CONTRAVE patients should be monitored for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In patients taking bupropion for smoking cessation, serious neuropsychiatric adverse events have been reported. CONTRAVE is not approved for use in children under the age of 18.”
As you can tell, this weight loss pill comes with major side effects and needs to be safely prescribed by a doctor before you can even take it. Other side effects noted were seizures, opioid withdrawal, liver damage, hepatitis, visual problems, low blood sugar, increased blood pressure and heart rate. Nausea and headaches are almost an 100% guarantee. It is not safe to take without medical supervision. The ingredients of Contrave are: naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride.
The Bottom Line: No, this pill is not safe. There are side effects that you are guaranteed to experience, none of which are pleasant.
Pros and Cons of Contrave
Looking at this diet pill from a 10,000 foot view it is supposed to help work the area in your brain that controls hunger. It is also the part of your brain that is the reward system. Risky to mess with the chemicals in the brain, which is why you will experience a plethora of side effects while taking Contrave. This is a con. A pro is that some insurances will cover the cost for you to take Contrave, so for those who are eligible it will be free of cost almost. Another pro is the fact that it has to be doctor prescribed. This keeps it out of the hands of those people not really qualified to take it. You must have a BMI of 30 or greater, so this eliminates some of the population. Aside from the major side effects there are less than impressive results while taking Contrave, which in my opinion is the largest con of them all. Why put yourself through all of the uncomfortable side effects for less than impressive results?
The Bottom Line: When looking into the pros and cons there are far more cons than pros. The results are less than impressive, there are major side effects, and it is not available for everyone to take which can be seen as both a pro and a con.
Contrave is supposed to be the #1 weight loss pill on the market. If so how is it not even available to the masses. It comes with bad side effects that can alter your quality of life indefinitely, as well as some minor side effects that will most certainly effect your day to day like nausea and headaches. Weight loss was actually minor, and it was hardly better than the placebo pill half of the people in the study were taking. Why put your health at risk with very minimal results? Not worth the look at all when it is all said and done.