Medication Series: How Does Contrave Work?

Contrave is an FDA-approved weight-loss medication that is gaining attention for its potential benefits in weight management and overall health. While weight-loss drugs and injectables can be an effective short-term strategy, the long-term success and safety are still being researched and is unknown.

Contrave Impact

Contrave is a prescription drug that contains a combination of the medications bupropion and naltrexone. Bupropion is primarily an antidepressant medication that can also suppress appetite. Naltrexone is typically prescribed to block the effects of alcohol or opioids in people dealing with addiction, but it can also reduce hunger and food cravings. 

Contrave Benefits

Contrave is usually taken twice daily with a low-fat meal. Used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, studies show those taking the drug were able to lose between 5% and 15% of their total body weight. 

Here are some key advantages associated with the use of Contrave:

  1. Reduces Food Cravings: Contrave helps reduce cravings by suppressing the appetite and making it easier for individuals to stick to a balanced diet and make healthier food choices.
  2.  Long-Term Management: Contrave’s gradual approach to weight loss, when used alongside a medical weight-loss program, helps individuals establish healthier eating and lifestyle habits, increasing the likelihood of maintaining weight loss over time.
  3.  Improved Health: Losing excess weight is often linked to improved overall health. By shedding pounds with the help of Contrave, individuals may experience benefits such as lowered blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels, and better blood sugar control. All of the above reduce the risk of obesity-related health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

While Contrave offers benefits such as those discussed above, there can be potential side effects for some patients that can be managed by a doctor-supervised medical weight-loss program. While these drugs have been effective in the short-term, the long-term success is still being researched. 

New York Bariatric Group: Weight Loss Leader 

NYBG is the leader in comprehensive weight-loss solutions. We are a one-stop shop, offering long-term weight-loss surgery as well as medically-supervised weight loss such as medications and injectables. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to losing weight. At NYBG, we work with you to customize a weight-loss program that will work best for you. 

Weight-loss drugs and injectables have been shown to be an effective short-term strategy, but the long term effects and safety is still unknown. With our Medical Weight Loss Program the ongoing supervision allows doctors to make necessary adjustments to a patient’s treatment plan based on their progress and changes to their health. 

Weight-loss surgery is the only proven long-term weight-loss solution. With decades of research, patients have seen sustainable weight loss. We offer multiple weight-loss surgery procedures and our doctors will work with you to find the right option. 

Our practice is the best around: 

  • Over 30 surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss. 
  • 42,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q-and-A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and
    showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Offering in-person and virtual consultations 
  • Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!

All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the top-quality bariatric programs.

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Medication Series: How Does Contrave Work?


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