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What are the side effects of Contrave as a prescription weight loss drug?

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The most common side effects include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, and diarrhea. Contrave has a boxed warning about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors associated with bupropion. The warning also notes that serious neuropsychiatric issues linked to bupropion have been reported. Contrave can cause seizures and must not be used in patients who have seizure disorders. The drug can also increase blood pressure and heart rate.

From: Prescription Weight Loss Drugs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity."

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Completed Safety Review of Xenical/Alli (orlistat) and Severe Liver Injury" and "Medications Target Long-Term Weight Control."

MedlinePlus: "Phentermine."

News release, FDA.

MedlinePlus.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 24, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity."

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Completed Safety Review of Xenical/Alli (orlistat) and Severe Liver Injury" and "Medications Target Long-Term Weight Control."

MedlinePlus: "Phentermine."

News release, FDA.

MedlinePlus.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 24, 2018

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