Contrave (naltrexone HCL/bupropion HCL) is an extended release tablet prescribed to help obese patients and those with weight-related illnesses manage their weight (in addition to diet and exercise). Contrave is a mixture of an antidepressant with another medicine that blocks narcotic/alcohol effects in those with addictive problems.
Bupropion works by inhibiting certain neurotransmitters (chemicals that help nerves communicate) from being reabsorbed into the brain. Naltrexone works by reversing the effects of alcohol and opioids, eliminating the “high” gained from these drugs.
Although generics are generally much cheaper than name brand prescriptions, Contrave does not currently have a generic equivalent approved by the FDA. Patients can also expect to be prescribed Contrave for a relatively long period of time, so the out-of-pocket and co-pay costs can add up quickly.
Using a Contrave coupon can help save patients money at the pharmacy.
Manufacturer Coupons for Contrave
Orexigen, the company that makes Contrave, offers additional savings in the form of the Contrave Savings Card. Patients who qualify might spend no more than $1–$3 a day on their prescription. Generally patients can expect to pay up to $30 using this savings plan (for a total savings up to $145 per prescription). There are various limitations and restrictions, so it is important that patients first check the web site to see if they qualify for help
Patients may also call Orexigen for more information. 1-800-905-5576
Patient Assistance Programs for Contrave
There are no specific Patient Assistance Programs for patients prescribed Contrave. It is best to utilize either the Discount Card above or the Contrave Savings Card to help pay for this medication.
Medicare recipients may also qualify for additional governmental assistance on the costs of their prescriptions. Patients can check out the SSA’s Extra Help Program online to see if they qualify.