Contrave Vs Belviq

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Jewels Says:

I was on free 2 weeks of Belviq followed by 1 mo out of pocket Belviq. Lost and felt good with NO side effects at all. Then my doctor said she thought Contrave would be a better choice because it is just as effective, if not more, and cheaper...just 70 dollars a month. But, I have heart racing and feel agitated. I did not experience either with Belviq. I feel like calling my Dr. Back and asking to switch back and suck up the 200 mo. For Belviq.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Jewels! How are you?

Are you certain that Contrave is the correct name of the medication? Because it is listed by the FDA as containing Naltrexone and Buprenorphine, which is used to treat drug addiction, it is not used for weight loss. This is a narcotic analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.

Belviq contains the active ingredient Lorcaserin and it used to help with weight loss, along with diet and exercise. Its typical side effects may include nausea, dizziness, anorexia and loss of appetite.

Can you please double check and post back? Thanks!

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Comments Says:
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My doctor prescribed Contrave few days ago. I have not filled the prescription. I'm already taking Bupropion and Nucynta (narcotic for chronic pain) and my doctor said for me to continue theses meds in addition to Contrave. The warnings state DO NOT TAKE if you are taking Buprpion already. I cannot exercise due to disability (I was hit by a car while walking to work). Has anyone had this issue? Does anyone feel that Belviq is safer and more effective? Can you take Buprpion with Belviq? Thanks for your input.

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Cinderella Says:

You are obviously a Belviq rep and know nothing about Contrave. Contrave is the only drug that isn't a controlled substance and is for weight loss, I take it myself and have lost about 20 lbs to date. Know what you are talking about before you post negative information about medications!

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Comments Says:
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I'm sorry that I left out information. I cannot exercise at all and I take numerous medications. I was told by a Contrave rep the the pain meds and Wellbutrion (Bupropion) that I take would have a bad reaction with Contrave. I am currently on the Belviq 15 day trial and I reduced the calories I intake. I've only lost a few pounds. By next week I will know what I will do going forward. I was too afraid to take my meds with while on the trial so my mom gave me Noni juice and curcumin for pain and inflammation. I will continue this and will do the trial for contrave. I am a honest person and I apologize if I sounded like I was pushing Belviq. I was only asking if anyone has had my issue. I want to live and I have to lose weight. I want to be healthy and not have to take alot of meds. The post you replied to was my very first time posting on something. Cinderella I pray that you meet all your health goals. Bless you :-)

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Karl Says:

Why would you continue to take a medication with side effects when the other was working for you? You are responsible for your own healthcare. I would definitely call my physician back. I hear Belviq is going to lower the price in the near future if you do not have insurance anyway so that may solve your problem.

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Comments Says:
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Thank you Karl. I will dicuss with my PCP this Friday. With me not taking my regular meds, I haven't had any negative side effects with's just some mornings I've lost a pound or 2 and then the next day I've gained back. Also appetite control is one of the issues I have. But I know it's all going to work out. Thanks again for the information :-)

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Carter Says:

Verwon, you have the right ingredients listed but it is actually used for weight loss. You can even check on the manufacturer page "INTRODUCING CONTRAVE (naltrexone HCl/bupropion HCl) -- A new, FDA-approved treatment for weight loss in obese adults"

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Verwon Says:

My apologies, I did type the wrong medication, it is Bupropion, not Buprenorphine. There have been so many questions about Suboxone that it's become habit to type that combination for me and I will be more careful in the future.

Cinderella is correct, it is not a controlled substance.

However, the Naltrexone can affect opiates, if you're taking them, so this really shouldn't be combined with them, it will reduce their efficacy.

Thank you, Carter, for the page recommendation, it wasn't showing up for me in a search, but I was able to find it now and learn more about this medication.

It is not known whether or not it is safe, if taken with other medications, so that is something to be very about and follow your doctor's advice.

What dosage of Bupropion are you already taking? In your case, Belviq might be a better choice, because Contrave is meant to be used with a low calorie diet and exercise.

Typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, constipation, headache and trouble sleeping.

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Sherie Says:

If you do not have insurance that covers Belviq your maximum payout is $75. Your physician or you should be able to get the coupon from the Belviq website.

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Jimothy Says:

The clinical trials for Belviq and Contrave showed that Contrave dropouts from side effects were about 26%.

Compare that to Belviq's 8% side effects dropout rate.

I am not a drug rep. I just know the facts.

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Uniqua Says:
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No the discount is 75.00 so you pay 165.00. My doctor switched me to contravention from belviq..Today was day 1 .never again..I'm going back to belviq with no side effects only weight loss. I want to cry right now I'm nauseous and I fell horrible. I'll GLADLY pay for belviq. I'm not a rep just a normal person who should have listened to myself but wanted a cheaper option ...

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Sherie Says:

No the maximum out of pocket for Belviq for someone without insurance is $75.

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JH Says:

Hi Jules - I was on Belviq for over a year - and am now on Contrave.

It is true Contrave is much less expensive (I was out of pocket - since insurance does not cover obesity care) - But the effects of the two drugs are ohhhh so different. And for me the Contrace addesses my issues of eating/over eating better than the Belviq did. It sounds like you are the opposite and if you can afford it I really would suggest you go back on Belviq if it works/worked for you! The side effects are pretty fierce with the Contrave but it corrects my impusive evening behavior much more than the Belviq did so I am going to punch through.... good luck on what ever you choose to do! JH

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JH Says:

Not true --- I paid about $130 per month for the Belviq --- NOT $75. A good medication if it works ---

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Stephanie Says:

If you go to you can get 15 days free as well as the manufacturer's savings card that you can take to the pharmacy with the prescriptions and you will not pay more than $75 a month.

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Jean Says:

The $75 max is NOT TRUE ---- at least not with CVS. I always paid $120 something.....

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Just Me Says:
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Initially, Belviq was $200 out of pocket for me because my insurance doesn't cover it. I let my doctor know that my insurance doesn't cover it and he gave me a card to take to the pharmacy when filling the prescription for the Belviq. The card is given to those who's insurance won't cover the cost. With the card, my prescription for Belviq was $75. The card is for Belviq only. Don't believe me? Call 855-235-8471 (that's the customer service number on my card) and they can tell you how to get a card although your doctor should have them there in his/her office. No I am not a drug rep. I'm just an over weight mom looking for information on Contrave and came across this particular thread.

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Jean Says:

Of course I believe you! Just talking about my experience with the Belviq - I also had a discount card --- but it cost me more than you - could be a location thing.

I did not think YOU were a drug rep -- the person Verwon - seems not to be on the medication and always answers in such an odd way that someone else asked if she/he is a rep - no response, and it really does not matter. I am soooo happy with the Contrave - after pushing through most of the side effects -- badly - but they have eased up. For me personally it has had a much more robust effect on my eating that the Belviq - which I thought was good but more limited in its effect for me personally! Good luck to you! Jean

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Just me Says:
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Give Riteaid a try. That's where i grt mine

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Belviq Freak Says:

I started Belviq 10 mg. and Phentermine 37.5 back in Mar. I was already on Wellbutrin 300 XL and took all three at one time. I had " 0 " side effects. My weight lose started off slow 2lbs a week maybe. Then about the third week It took off !!!!!!! Sometimes 10 lbs a month. I started at 245 I now weigh 210. I have now hit a wall. 2 weeks ago I started eating like I use to but not as much and making only SOME good choices .My goal is to be under 200 lbs.I found that in the beginning Belviq kept me from eating late night, candy, chips and chocolate. No bad cravings at all, Even some of my favorites just didn't taste the same. My Dr. switched me to Contrave. I'm nervous because I have read sooooo many bad side effects. Will I be able to reach my goal without being derailed by SIDE EFFECTS !!!! REALLY !!! I have been spoiled by Belviq. I didn't exercise faithfully I just wasn't a couch potato as much as I use to be.I ate what I chose to eat and really didn't feel like I was missing anything because those old cravings were not there anymore. I don't know if this will help anyone but it is my story .Good luck :)

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