Contrave is a prescription-only, FDA-approved medication that may help adults who are obese or overweight (with a weight-related medical problem) lose weight and keep it off. Use with diet and exercise.
Have you heard about set point theory?
Your body is thought to be programmed to defend against weight loss and maintain a certain range of body weight—a range that can be determined by your heaviest past weight.
This may be why hunger, and especially cravings, increase when dieting! When weight loss occurs, the brain causes cravings that seem uncontrollable and increases hunger as a way to bring the body back to its predetermined set point.
Did you know that cravings are one of the main reasons diets fail?
of people report cravings while dieting
of people who gave in to their cravings did so even when they were not hungry
to lose weight with diet and exercise alone if you struggle with cravings
How does contrive work?
CONTRAVE® is a prescription-only, FDA-approved weight-loss pill believed to work on two areas of your brain—the hunger center and the reward system—to reduce hunger and help control cravings. CONTRAVE contains two medicines, bupropion and naltrexone. CONTRAVE has a well-studied safety and tolerability profile. Three long-term (56 weeks) studies have shown that patients who add CONTRAVE lose approximately 2 to 4 times more weight than with diet and exercise alone. In one study, patients who also participated in an intensive diet and exercise program and remained on CONTRAVE for a full year, lost 25 pounds on average.
CONTRAVE may help patients make long-term changes to their eating behavior, lose weight, and keep it off. Across three long-term studies, patients taking CONTRAVE lost approximately 2-4x more weight than with diet and exercise alone. In one study, patients who stayed on CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in intensive behavior modification lost 25 pounds on average.
For people who started with a BMI 30 to 35, more than 70% of those who saw results at Week 16 and remained on treatment for 56 weeks were able to move into a healthier, non-obese category (BMI 29.9 or less) after 1 year on CONTRAVE.
If you have not lost at least 5% of your body weight after 16 weeks of taking CONTRAVE, your healthcare provider might tell you to stop taking it. CONTRAVE does not work for everyone in the same way.
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