5 things to know about new weight loss drug Contrave
After approving Qsymia (Phentermine and Topiramate) and Belviq (Lorcaserin) for helping people lose weight 3 years ago, FDA approved another weight loss medication – Contrave, a combination of the popular antidepressant and smoking cessation drug, Bupropion(Wellbutrin) along with Naltrexone, a medication used in opioid addiction. Here are the 5 things you should know about Contrave.
How effective is Contrave?
In 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 in a year(about 9-11 lbs). 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). Upon initiation, the drug will be started with 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
Price of Contrave
Contrave is probably the most cost effective of the three new weight loss medications approved in the last few years, the other two being Qsymia, Belviq. The other new medications Belviq and Qsymia can cost up to $150-225 dollars per month.
Costing about $70.00 dollars a month without insurance first two months, drops to $60.00 thereafter, contrave is very cost effective. For those that have insurance, the maximum monthly cost is $55.00 for the first two months that drops to $45.00 after the first two months.
How safe is Contrave?
Contrave is relatively well tolerated – the most common adverse reactions reported with Contrave include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, and diarrhea.
What’s all the hype about Contrave?
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.
How does Contrave Compare?
Contrave is somewhat in the middle in efficacy but wins on safety and pricing, according to Dr. Tumpati, founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.
Locations for Contrave
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. 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
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.
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.
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