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What is naltrexone and bupropion intended to treat?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Naltrexone was developed to treat alcohol and drug dependence. Bupropion is used to treat depression. Contrave is a combination of these two drugs, approved for weight loss in people with a BMI of 30 or more. It is also approved for people with a BMI of 27 to 30 who have certain conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. It should be used along with diet and exercise. 

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