Meet people who have lost weight and kept it off with CONTRAVE, the #1 prescribed weight-loss brand.1

“Before CONTRAVE, I felt out of control. Now, I feel like I have a foundation and support.” - Shellie

Shellie's Story

After years of struggling with her weight and body image issues, Shellie felt alone and out of control in terms of her diet and lifestyle. “I would lose weight and feel good about myself for a minute and then over time I would just fall back into my old habits.” Shellie explained, “I was also only focused on the mistakes that I was making, like overindulging.” This was affecting her physically and emotionally, and she decided that she needed to make a change.

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Failed Treatments

Shellie’s weight fluctuated up and down throughout the years as she experimented with various treatments, diets and eating plans. She also tried to stay active with different forms of exercise but continued to struggle with consistency. The weight that was lost would quickly come back and the cycle would continue. She found herself using food as a reward and punishment and not being able to find a healthy balance.

Another factor that was a constant battle for Shellie was her sweet-tooth. Though she did enjoy making desserts and treats for friends and family, she would use it as an excuse to indulge. “Every time I would give into my cravings, whether it was pie, cakes, or whatever, there was always regret,” Shellie explained. “I feel like I’ve always been stuck in this food shame cycle.”

Talking to Her Doctor

Though determined to make a change, Shellie was hesitant to discuss her weight with her doctor at first. “For me, it was a pride thing. I shouldn’t need to ask anybody for help.” Feeling like she was approaching her breaking point, Shellie finally reached out to her doctor for help, expressing that she was exhausted with the situation and that nothing she had tried previously had been sustainable. She reflected on her discussion with her doctor noting, “I remember that day. I stopped everything, and I went to the doctor sobbing and told him I can’t do this anymore.” After determining Shellie was an appropriate candidate, her doctor prescribed CONTRAVE. “My doctor expressed that CONTRAVE could give me the opportunity to manage cravings, to not be obsessed with food, in a way that would give me space.”

When she first started treatment with CONTRAVE, Shellie experienced nausea and dizziness at times. She reached out to her doctor who provided some tips on how to manage her side effects, and by the end of her first month those feelings went away.

Being Present

Shellie has found that her eating habits are now under control and she makes healthier choices. She says that CONTRAVE has helped her curb her sweet-tooth cravings. Since starting CONTRAVE, she has lost more than 10% of her body weight. She now feels like she is in control of her weight and is no longer consumed with negative thoughts about food and her weight.

She added that she now has the confidence to try things that she was too self-conscious to do before. “As I lost weight and began to feel good, I started wanting to do things I had never done. I never wanted to go kayaking or paddle boarding because I’d have to be in a bathing suit, but my weight loss gave me the confidence to start doing those things.” Shellie’s weight loss and healthier lifestyle has helped her feel good about trying new activities that help keep her active such as hot yoga. “Yoga requires me to look at myself in the mirror and previously that would have been tough for me to do that. Now when I look in the mirror I see confidence, I see strength, I see this beautiful imperfection.”

“Now I get up and appreciate every day, not worrying about what’s wrong with me. I’m only focusing on what’s right.”

“I’ve tried everything to lose weight, but nothing seemed to work for me. I am so grateful for CONTRAVE.” - Lorelei

Lorelei's Story

Growing up as one of six children in a family who has battled with weight for generations, Lorelei doesn’t recall a time that she didn’t struggle with her weight. “All the women in my family are plus size, and growing up so was I. It was normal in our household.” Lorelei tried different diets, personal trainers, over the counter weight-loss treatments, programs, and even hypnosis, yet nothing was sustainable. She was unable control her hunger and cravings for sweets, no matter the time of day. “Breakfast, lunch or dinner it didn’t matter, I needed something sweet!”

After her sister found success with CONTRAVE, Lorelei decided to speak with her doctor to see if she was a candidate. Her doctor determined that Lorelei was an appropriate candidate and noted that CONTRAVE might help her with her cravings for sweets.

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Sweet Tooth

Sunday dinners, holidays, birthdays and church events are a big part of Lorelei’s life. With every gathering there are sisters, aunts and friends bringing homemade cakes, pies and cookies. During these events, Lorelei would indulge in the homemade treats and pack the extras in a to-go-box for later. Now, Lorelei focuses more on enjoying the conversation with family and friends. She explained that she’s “no longer concerned with who’s going to eat the last slice of lemon pound cake or the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!”

Staying on Track

Since starting treatment with CONTRAVE, Lorelei has lost more than 10% of her body weight. She keeps a food journal to keep track of her diet and can see the difference in her eating habits. “Looking back at my journal I realized that I have had barely any sweets since the day I began treatment with CONTRAVE. I just haven’t had the urge or craving.” She also watches her portion sizes and incorporates fruit and vegetables into her meals. Lorelei stays active through various dancing teams, goes on long walks and has even gotten back on her bicycle. Additionally, she is working with a trainer.

New Found Confidence

In addition to having more energy for exercise and day-to-day activities, Lorelei has more confidence in herself and looks forward to doing more things that make her happy. “I stand up in front of a room or walk around in a bathing suit and feel comfortable in my skin.” She’s also now excited about going shopping. “I have so many more options and can wear whatever I want.”

“I’ve tried multiple diets and weight-loss programs with no success – from the beginning, I could feel a difference with CONTRAVE.”- Mike

Mike's Story

Mike has always loved food. He didn’t care if it was sweet or savory, he never said no to a meal and would give into his cravings without hesitation. “My cravings were out of control. If I wanted to eat candy, I’d have candy. If I wanted to go out to dinner, get a big steak, a baked potato and piece of dessert, I would do it.” After years of gradually gaining weight he realized he was no longer able to control his eating habits. In 2017, he was diagnosed with diabetes and his doctor informed him that it was obesity related. Mike hit the ground running and tried various diets and medications in addition to an exercise regimen, but nothing seemed to work for the long term. With his diabetes as a major motivator, Mike decided to speak to his doctor again about his options and was recommended to start treatment with CONTRAVE.

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

No More “Grazing”

Prior to starting CONTRAVE, Mike’s biggest challenge was staying motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, with CONTRAVE, Mike noticed a change in his eating habits quickly. He started a food diary to help stay mindful of his daily choices and noticed that he no longer had the cravings that he previously experienced. “After starting CONTRAVE, I no longer had an urge to snack. I used to snack at night and throughout the day – my mother used to call it grazing,” he laughingly recalled. “From the beginning I could feel a difference with CONTRAVE. I also don’t crave big steaks or chocolate anymore.”

Keeping Active & Feeling More Confident

Mike has lost more than 10% of his body weight and is more motivated and active than ever. “Even cutting the grass used to be a challenge before, but now that I have lost weight I’m able to do that with no problem. I can cut the grass with a push mower instead of a riding mower, which I had to use before. I have the energy and it’s actually a lot of fun now.”

He’s now exercising three to five times a week and is hiking with his grandchildren. Since losing weight, Mike can now walk up the side of a hill without having to stop to catch his breath. “I used to be gasping for air after walking 20 yards and would have to lean against a tree. Now, I can be more active.”

Mike adds that his weight loss has impacted what he can wear. “I have a whole wardrobe of clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in 10 or 12 years that I can fit into again. It’s like having brand new clothes. Being able to fit into my clothes again makes a big difference.”

“Since losing weight with the help of CONTRAVE, I feel so much more energetic. It helped me get my life back on track.” – Andrea

Andrea's Story

Since elementary school, Andrea’s weight has constantly fluctuated, and she has struggled to maintain a healthy weight. “I’ve always been one of those people who struggled with their weight,” Andrea explained. “I feel like it’s in my genes.” As she entered adulthood her weight was getting harder to manage and after each pregnancy she found it even more difficult to lose weight.

Andrea couldn’t resist her cravings for sweets. “I would crave anything with sugar, like brownies, cakes, pies or pastries. I would also reach for candy at work.” As a self-described emotional eater, Andrea would often reinforce her feelings with food. “If I was really happy about something I would want to celebrate by eating or if I was sad I would turn to food as a comfort.” But after each indulgence, Andrea would feel guilty.

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Finding A Treatment that Worked

For years Andrea tried countless weight-loss programs and diets only to regain the weight she lost and then some. “As I got older, I was gaining more and more, even with dieting.” When discussing her weight with her previous doctor, Andrea felt judged and uncomfortable, but after being diagnosed with sleep apnea she knew that she had to do something to get it under control. With a fear of developing diabetes, Andrea considered undergoing surgery for a gastric sleeve but was nervous about the procedure. “I was in limbo. I didn’t know what to do.” That’s when a nurse practitioner mentioned CONTRAVE. Andrea decided to approach a new physician and after a very open conversation, together they decided that CONTRAVE was the right treatment for her to try.

A New Energy to More Energy for Activities

Since starting CONTRAVE, Andrea has less cravings for sweets and watches her portions. She continues to eat more fruits and vegetables and has lost more than 10% of her body weight. “I can now go into a store and get a pair of jeans and know they’re going to fit without having to try them on,” Andrea exclaimed. “I’m seeing my inches go down but it’s not only that, I feel so much more energetic now that I have lost weight and changed my choices with the help of CONTRAVE. I used to feel so sluggish before my weight loss, and I wouldn’t want to go out to eat or with my friends,” Andrea explained. “I have a lot more energy now to do activities with my kids, even after work, which is nice. My husband is also really happy because he sees me being a lot more outgoing now, which is who I used to be.” As a mom and teacher Andrea is constantly on the go and on her feet. She has also incorporated yoga into her workout routine, which is something she didn’t have the courage to try prior to her weight loss.

Staying Motivated

Andrea’s friends, family and students have seen a change in her and are helping her stay motivated. Recently, a former student and her parent saw Andrea in the school office and didn’t realize it was her. “They told me that they were really happy for me.” She explained that it’s comments like this that keep her motivated to stay healthy.

Andrea is looking forward to traveling to Australia to visit her husband’s family. “The long plane ride is going to be so much more comfortable since I’ve lost the weight,” adding, “I haven’t felt this good about myself in a long time.”

“It’s great to have found something that works after trying so many things that didn’t!” - Yvonne

Yvonne's Story

Yvonne has struggled with her weight all her adult life, but after her second daughter was born it was harder for her to control her hunger and cravings. “Once my kids came around, my appetite changed drastically,” Yvonne explained. She tried “almost everything” in attempt to drop pounds and keep them off. “I’ve tried over-the-counter medications, juicing diets, frozen meals – you name it. Nothing seemed to help.” It wasn’t until bloodwork showed that Yvonne had prediabetes that she knew she had to do something new.

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

No More Yo-Yoing

With her new diagnosis and exhausted with yo-yo dieting, Yvonne spoke with her doctor about how difficult it was for her to lose weight. After her doctor determined that she was a good candidate, Yvonne started treatment with CONTRAVE. “I thought to myself, ‘You’ve tried everything else. Why not give this a chance?’”

A New Motivation

Yvonne has lost more than 10% of her body weight since starting treatment with CONTRAVE. She finds it easier to manage her portions and is able to control her hunger and cravings.  “CONTRAVE helped me to develop better eating habits, particularly portion control. I used to just eat regardless if I was hungry or not.” Yvonne now follows a gluten free diet and tries to incorporate more protein, fruits and vegetables into her meals. “This isn’t a diet, it’s my new lifestyle.”

In addition to her improved eating habits, Yvonne also started taking high intensity interval training exercise classes a few times a week to stay active. “Because of weight loss with CONTRAVE, I am much more motivated in my life. It gave me a chance.”

Family Time

Yvonne explained how her family has been a support system through her weight-loss process. “I’m always the one telling my kids how proud I am of them, but since my weight loss they keep saying how proud they are of me.” Yvonne says that now that she has lost weight and revamped her lifestyle with the help of CONTRAVE, the dynamic in her home has also changed. “I do things now with my family that I didn’t have the confidence to do before, like go to the pool.” Another fun outing Yvonne now enjoys is going shopping with her daughter, which was previously a daunting task. “Before, it was hoodies all day because that’s what fit. Now for each milestone that I hit I put on the new outfit!”

“Losing weight with CONTRAVE has given me more confidence. I feel as different on the inside as I do on the outside.” - Misty

Misty's Story

Like many women, Misty began experiencing issues with her weight after the birth of her daughter. “I haven’t always struggled with my weight, I was actually an athlete in high school. I really began to gain weight when I had my daughter,” Misty reflected. “The weight just slowly crept up on me. I wasn’t as active, and I would often finish my meal and my daughter’s because I wouldn’t want to throw anything away.” Almost 20 years later, Misty still struggled with cravings and controlling her weight. “I thought if I didn’t look at the scale I didn’t have to deal with it.” One day, as she was trying on clothes, she realized that she needed a size 28 and broke down in tears. It was at that point that she became determined to make a change. “I wanted to see my daughter graduate and go to college. I wanted to see my grandchildren. I knew it was time make a phone call to my doctor.” Misty went to her doctor in search of options and her doctor suggested CONTRAVE. “I agreed to give it a try.”

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Mindless Snacking

Before CONTRAVE, Misty felt that she had no control over her snacking and eating habits. “I just couldn’t stop myself sometimes, it was like I had no control. I would just sit in front of the TV and mindlessly eat and not think about it. I wasn’t even enjoying it and I let it get the better of me.” She had tried various programs to lose weight but never found any long-term success. “I tried everything from liquid diets to other medications, but nothing ever helped keep the weight off.”

Determined to Succeed

Since starting treatment with CONTRAVE, Misty has noticed that she no longer craves the foods that she used too. “Now that I’ve changed my habits, I absolutely can’t revert back to eating the way I used to. Pizza and chocolate were two of my go-to foods and now I don’t even think about them.” Misty has lost more than 10% of her body weight and is more physically active than ever. Previously even the simplest tasks were difficult for Misty. “It feels amazing to be able to tie my own shoes and paint my toenails easily. These are things that people don’t realize can be a struggle for some.”

Misty enjoys going for walks and typically will walk up to five miles a day. “My husband and I can now do things together like hiking. Before I always asked him to slow down but now I can keep up!” She explained that she now that she has lost weight, she has energy and feels like she can take on anything.

Helping Others

Misty’s experience with CONTRAVE has changed her outlook on life. Since she lost weight, she feels that she now has a better sense of wellbeing and can finally get out of her comfort zone and live her life. “Losing weight with CONTRAVE has given me more confidence. I feel as different on the inside as I do on the outside.” Misty enjoys sharing her story to help others who struggle with their weight and motivates others on their weight-loss journey. “I let everyone know, you can’t fail if you don’t give up!”

"With CONTRAVE, I no longer crave my usual go-to foods. Now I’m able to eat to live, not live to eat." - Janine

Janine's Story

Janine, a nurse, wife, and busy mom to four children, has long struggled with her weight. It began when she was in her early 20s. “I had my first child at 22 years old and then another at 25 and just couldn’t seem to keep it under control,” she says.

From that point on, Janine’s struggle continued. “I would maintain my weight loss for a while and then gain it all back,” she says.

Janine Success Story | Contrave.com

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Weight-loss diets and treatments failed her

Over the years, Janine tried a variety of diets and weight-loss programs to help her lose weight. When those diets failed to deliver the results she was hoping for, she reached out to her doctor to discuss other treatment options. She tried several weight-loss medications, but stopped because of the side effects.

Feeling sad and defeated

With little luck managing her weight, Janine’s social life and feelings of self-worth began to suffer. “I was exhausted all the time,” she says. “I never wanted to go out or meet new people because I was the fat girl. I didn’t want to go out to dinner because I didn’t want to be judged when I ate. It really decreased my self-esteem and put me down in the dumps,” she says.

Trying something new

Then one day she happened to see a photo of herself after being featured on the news. “I saw that photo and thought, ‘I’m done feeling like this,’” Janine recalls.

Janine went to her doctor again, and this time he recommended CONTRAVE, a weight-loss medication Janine had not yet considered. Taking her doctor’s advice, Janine decided to give it a try.

Getting results

Since starting CONTRAVE Janine has lost more than 10% of her body weight. “I used to get up and eat in the night, and I don’t do that anymore,” She explains, “Now, I want to make sensible decisions about what I eat and feel like I’m eating to live and not living to eat.”

Losing weight with CONTRAVE has helped Janine get back to being the confident, active person her friends and family always knew her to be. “I’ve scheduled myself to do more presentations at work because I’m not self-conscious about standing in front of my colleagues and patients anymore,” she says. “Everyone has noticed my weight loss, which has even inspired others to lose weight,” she shares. “But honestly, the most significant benefit is how I feel. I feel just fabulous!”

"I never understood why I wasn’t able to control my hunger, but now there’s more of a scientific explanation: it’s not just about willpower." - Teri

Teri's Story

Teri couldn’t understand the duality of it all: why had she been able to maintain the willpower to push through required number crunching for her Master’s in Business Administration classes, but couldn’t control her hunger and cravings?

As a busy working mom, active member of her community, minister, board member of non-profit organizations, and mentor for local businesswomen, Teri felt that it was impossible to gain control of her diet – often resorting to eating something on the go or at a restaurant. In 2007, she hoped that she had solved the problem with gastric bypass surgery, which resulted in a 95-pound weight loss over the course of nine months, but found that she quickly regained the weight.

Teri's Seamless Pants Before Contrave

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

At the time of this interview, Teri was a pharmaceutical sales representative for the maker of CONTRAVE.

Years later, in November 2016, Teri had grown weary of hearing about fad diets that only resulted in temporary change. She had recently started educating healthcare professionals about CONTRAVE as part of her role as a pharmaceutical sales representative supporting Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. Learning about CONTRAVE at work, Teri approached her own doctor about whether starting CONTRAVE was right for her.

“There are areas of the brain that have been identified to hinder your progress,” Teri explains. “I never understood why I wasn’t able to control my hunger, especially my cravings for sweets, but now there’s more of a scientific explanation: it’s not just about willpower.”

Since starting CONTRAVE in November 2016, Teri has lost more than 10% of her body weight and continues to maintain her weight-loss. “When I used to diet, it would kill me not to eat the cake. Now, after two forkfuls I have the same satisfaction that I did six months ago from a big piece of cake.”

“This is the first time in five years that I’ve worn a dress that was knee length. I felt like I was walking in NY fashion week and I can now cross my legs while sitting down!” Teri beams.

In addition to taking CONTRAVE, she watches her diet and tries to walk 8,000 steps a day, which she monitors with her wearable fitness tracker. Not only is she gaining control over her diet and implementing healthy habits, but she has also inspired her family to live a healthier lifestyle.

Teri is most proud of the impact her transformation has had on her 11-year-old daughter. “I’m now healthier for my daughter and I’m so happy that I’m changing her outlook on health and eating right. She recently said ‘Mommy I want to be like you, I want to be healthier.’”

"It seems like most things work at the beginning and dwindle off, but CONTRAVE is working long-term for me." - JoAnn

JoAnn's Story

Like many moms, JoAnn found herself struggling with cravings and controlling her weight since her first child was born over 25 years ago. Coupled with the removal of her thyroid, JoAnn’s weight-loss journey has not been easy.

“I felt like I had tried it all, but everything was the same,” JoAnn reflects. “With diets, exercise and weight-loss programs, I would lose about 10 to 15 pounds – if I lost any weight at all – before I plateaued and regained it. I even tried phentermine and wasn’t quite as hungry, but I didn’t like it because it didn’t control my cravings at all. If I saw a cake I would eat it.”

 

Joann Success Story | Contrave.com

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

A New Treatment Option

When JoAnn reached her heaviest weight at 277 pounds in November 2016, her new healthcare provider recommended she try weight-loss treatment with CONTRAVE. “When I started taking CONTRAVE, it was just different,” she reflects. “Before, I would do pretty well throughout the day, but when I wasn’t quite as busy or came home, I could not stop eating. Now, I eat smaller portions and feel satisfied – I don’t feel like I have to keep eating.”

Long Term Goals

Since starting treatment with CONTRAVE in November 2016, JoAnn has lost more than 10% of her body weight and continues to maintain her weight loss. “It seems like most things work at the beginning and dwindle off, but with CONTRAVE, I’ve seen the weight come off and stay off! I don’t want to regain it. I felt hopeless before but now I am motivated!”

JoAnn is excited to begin traveling again and plans to go on a cruise with her family. “My weight had really started to limit what I could do and I wasn’t able to walk very far without pain in my legs,” she reflects. “Now that I have lost weight, I’m no longer experiencing pain when I walk and I’m excited to start making plans again!”

"I had resigned myself to being obese and never thought I would be ‘normal’. With CONTRAVE, I feel renewed." - Jeffery

Jeffery's Story

By Jeffery’s own account, he had been overweight his whole life. At 5’11” and 315 pounds, he decided to undergo a gastric sleeve procedure in 2013. While successful at first, he was disappointed at gaining all of the weight back just six months after the procedure. “The surgery didn’t do anything to suppress my eating habits – it never got to the root cause of what was wrong,” Jeffery explained. “I don’t mind saying that I feel like I’m an addict – just not to alcohol. I used food for everything whether I’m bored, lonely, happy or sad.”

The physical reality and personal disappointment of having regained the weight caused Jeffery to miss out on a number of activities that were important to him. He stopped going to football games for the Houston Texans – his favorite team. Over the years, he cancelled trips because he was uncomfortable on airplanes due to the small seat size and seatbelt. That same discomfort almost deterred him from traveling to Minnesota to spend Christmas with his family, but in the end, he decided to purchase a first-class plane ticket instead to avoid being in pain. “I was so heavy that I wasn’t enjoying anything. I was just horribly uncomfortable,” he reflects.

Jeffrey Success Story | Contrave.com

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Addressing the Root of the Problem

As a registered nurse who also teaches nursing psychology at a local college, Jeffery understood that his eating habits went beyond willpower. One day, while watching TV, he saw a commercial for CONTRAVE and said to himself “this might actually work!’”

The educator in him wanted to learn more so he visited the CONTRAVE website. “I believe so strongly that obesity results from an addiction to food, so I was eager to try.” From the comfort of his home, he decided to visit Get CONTRAVE Now. After completing a comprehensive medical questionnaire: “I facetimed with a physician through my iPad and it couldn’t have been easier!” Jeffery learned that he was a candidate for CONTRAVE, and a few days later, he received his prescription.

Breaking the ‘Vicious Cycle’

Since starting treatment with CONTRAVE in March 2017, Jeffery has lost more than 10% of his body weight. “Now I can eat one cookie without eating the whole bag. I go to dinner with my friends, but I cut the portion in half,” he explains. “With CONTRAVE, I want to succeed and I know that I will.”

Motivated to Succeed

Jeffery’s final push to lose weight and keep it off was partially due to his excitement about starting a four-year PhD program in nursing. “When I’m stressed, I can’t stop eating. I knew if I was going to do this, I needed to do it right and get my weight under control.” He beams about his first moment of weight-loss success: “I was able to attend my interview in a suit that fit me nearly 15 years ago and realized my pants weren’t going to be too tight! I even took a couple of pictures!”

Jeffery looks forward to successfully completing his PhD program, in addition to resuming activities that once brought him joy, but have been on hold because of his weight. “I’m looking forward to being able to ride rollercoasters, travelling and being comfortable with myself at the beach,” he shares. “I still wear my J.J. Watt jersey when I’m at home watching the Houston Texans games, but it’s not as good as in-person. I signed up for the season ticket lottery three years ago and am hoping to lose more weight before I get those seats!” he said.

“I had resigned myself to being obese for the rest of my life, but I’ve changed my mindset. With CONTRAVE, I feel like I have hope.”

 

"I used to huff and puff up a flight of stairs, but now that I’ve lost weight I can hike in the mountains with my son again." - Jim

Jim's Story

As an outdoorsman, Jim enjoys traveling the world and immersing himself in nature whenever possible. But his struggle with his weight almost brought that lifestyle to an end.

One day when he was in his 40s, he went for his yearly physical before venturing out into the woods. “The nurse handed me a card that said, ‘Please stay out of the woods, we don’t want to have to save you,’” he recalls. It was the first time Jim realized he was overweight.

Jim Success Story | Contrave.com

Actual patient. Results not typical. Weight loss is influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive diet and exercise program lost 27 pounds on average.

The most common side effects of CONTRAVE include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth and diarrhea. For additional safety information please see here.

Finally getting motivated

Although this pivotal memory stuck with Jim, he admits it took him decades to find the motivation to lose weight. As his weight increased and he became less active, Jim recalls his family giving him grief. “You can absorb all the heckling until you finally make up your own mind.”

Finally, Jim decided he was tired of feeling lethargic and spending his time eating and watching TV. He made up his mind to dedicate himself to making healthier choices and started exercising daily and following diets aimed at cutting carbs and sugars.

Sabotaged by snacking

But even with a healthier diet and daily exercise, Jim still couldn’t control his mindless snacking. “I would tell myself I’m not going to eat and the next thing I knew I would have my head stuck in the refrigerator,” he said.

Over time, Jim noticed his habit for snacking made it difficult for him to keep the weight off, and he wasn’t achieving the weight-loss results he desired. “I was working hard to lose the weight, but I had reached a plateau and wasn’t able to break through,” he says.

A plan that finally worked

Looking for something to help him control his hunger, Jim went to his doctor, who recommended CONTRAVE. Jim says, “At this point, I really wanted to lose the weight; I was tired of being fat. So when he suggested CONTRAVE, I leaped at it,” he recalls.

Jim has lost more than 10% of his body weight since starting CONTRAVE. He says it has helped him overcome his weight-loss plateau by helping him control his impulses and cravings. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Jim says he is seeing results. “I used to huff and puff up a flight of stairs,” he reflects. “Now, because of my weight loss, I go and hike mountains with my son.”

Jim encourages others struggling to lose weight to “take small steps every day in the right direction, and get smart about what you’re eating.” Overall, Jim feels happier, healthier, and more energetic. “I have a better attitude and a more positive self-image,” he says.

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*IQVIA NPA Branded Weight Loss Medicine Audit (Jan 2017 to July 2018)