Posted from: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 05:00 PM - Present

Contrave Approved for Weight Management

September 10, 2014 –The FDA approved Contrave (naltrexone HCI and bupropion HCI) extended-release tablets to be taken in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise program for chronic weight management.  Contrave is manufactured by Takeda and Orexigen.

Contrave is approved for use in adults considered to be obese who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.  Initially Contrave is to be prescribed in a four-week dose escalation schedule followed by the recommended maintenance dose of two Contrave tablets taken twice daily. Patients should be evaluated after 12 weeks of the maintenance dosage.  Launch is expected to be in Fall 2014.  Contrave is anticipated to cost about $1,200 to $1,600 per year; however pricing information is not yet available.


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