When Should I Take Contrave (naltrexone/bupropion)?

You should take Contrave® according to the following schedule: 

  • Week 1: one tablet in the morning daily
  • Week 2: one tablet in the morning daily and one tablet in the evening daily
  • Week 3: two tablets in the morning daily and one tablet in the evening daily
  • Week 4: two tablets in the morning daily and two tablets in the evening daily

Note that if you are having trouble tolerating a higher dose, you should reach out to the prescriber to discuss the next best steps. You can take Contrave on an empty stomach or with food (though avoid high fat meals). If you find you are having a hard time remembering to take your medication twice a day, discuss this with your medical provider as it may be recommended to make a change to your medication.

Learn more about who qualifies for Contrave and how FORM doctors prescribe Contrave to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Contrave® is a registered trademark of Currax Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

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Lauren Lemieux, MD

Lauren Lemieux, MD

FACP, ABOM diplomate

Dr. Lauren Lemieux completed her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lemieux is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals using personalized nutrition, lifestyle and weight management strategies.