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September 22, 2014


Actually, as someone who has taken the combination of Wellbutrin and Naltrexone with extremely positive results, Contrave is not a 'diet' pill. Conversely, it removes the assumption that obesity is the fault of the patient for 'eating too much' or 'having no self control when it comes to food'. Instead it targets endocrinal problems, which are the root of the issue in the body. This drug is not for the average person who wants to lose a few pounds. It's for people with real weight problems.

You know as well as I that we are (or in my case, was) not fat because we couldn't put down the donuts and refused to exercise. There is a fundamental, biological problem that causes obesity and no amount of dieting is going to fix it. We either need to find the source of the issue (most likely environmental toxins, food industry hormones, etc) or find a solution via medication. Just because dieting doesn't work (and it DOESN'T) does not mean that there is no other solution. It just means that, perhaps, it's not our fault.

As for the side effects, while they should be taken seriously, their rate of occurrence should also be considered. Bupropion (Welbutrin) is an antidepressant and therefore comes with a suicide warning, as do all antidepressants. However, it should be noted that it is not an SSRI, but rather a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor. It can cause seizures, so, LIKE ALL MEDICATIONS, you should consult with your doctor before taking, but that should not preclude the drug from consideration. Almost all prescription drugs have dangerous, though unlikely, side effects.

As someone who's had so little success with diets, it makes me sad to see this drug so quickly knocked.

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