Contrave and Cough - a phase IV clinical study of FDA data


We study 4,899 people who have side effects when taking Contrave. Cough is found, especially among people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Synthroid and have Depression.

The phase IV clinical study analyzes which people take Contrave and have Cough. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports from the FDA, and is updated regularly. You may use the study as a second opinion to make health care decisions.

Phase IV trials are used to detect adverse drug outcomes and monitor drug effectiveness in the real world. With medical big data and AI algorithms, eHealthMe is running millions of phase IV trials and makes the results available to the public. Our original studies have been referenced on 700+ medical publications including The Lancet, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Nature.

On Sep, 26, 2023

4,899 people reported to have side effects when taking Contrave.
Among them, 32 people (0.65%) have Cough.

What is Contrave?

Contrave has active ingredients of bupropion hydrochloride; naltrexone hydrochloride. It is used in weight loss. Currently, eHealthMe is studying from 5,139 Contrave users.

What is Cough?

Cough is found to be associated with 3,993 drugs and 3,743 conditions by eHealthMe. Currently, we are studying 337,165 people who have Cough.

Number of Contrave and Cough reports submitted per year:

Could Contrave cause Cough?

Time on Contrave when people have Cough *:

  • < 1 month: 85.71 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 14.29 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Cough when taking Contrave *:

  • female: 75 %
  • male: 25 %

Age of people who have Cough when taking Contrave *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 12.5 %
  • 30-39: 12.5 %
  • 40-49: 18.75 %
  • 50-59: 56.25 %
  • 60+: 0.0 %

Common drugs people take besides Contrave *:

  1. Synthroid: 14 people, 43.75%
  2. Singulair: 11 people, 34.38%
  3. Methylprednisolone: 8 people, 25.00%
  4. Cetirizine Hydrochloride: 8 people, 25.00%
  5. Acetaminophen: 8 people, 25.00%
  6. Tylenol: 6 people, 18.75%
  7. Vitamin B12: 5 people, 15.62%
  8. Ocrevus: 5 people, 15.62%
  9. Saxenda: 5 people, 15.62%
  10. Omega 3: 5 people, 15.62%

Common side effects people have besides Cough *:

  1. Headache (pain in head): 16 people, 50.00%
  2. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness): 14 people, 43.75%
  3. Hot Flush (sudden feelings of heat): 13 people, 40.62%
  4. Neck Pain: 11 people, 34.38%
  5. Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the nasopharynx): 11 people, 34.38%
  6. Dizziness: 10 people, 31.25%
  7. Sinusitis (inflammation of sinus): 9 people, 28.12%
  8. Rashes (redness): 8 people, 25.00%
  9. Cellulitis Orbital (acute spread of infection into the eye socket): 8 people, 25.00%
  10. Muscle Aches (muscle pain): 8 people, 25.00%

Common conditions people have *:

  1. Depression: 9 people, 28.12%
  2. Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (reoccurrence of an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged): 8 people, 25.00%
  3. Pain: 6 people, 18.75%
  4. Hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development): 6 people, 18.75%
  5. High Blood Pressure: 5 people, 15.62%
  6. Asthma: 5 people, 15.62%
  7. Incontinence (lack of moderation or self-control): 4 people, 12.50%
  8. High Blood Cholesterol: 4 people, 12.50%
  9. Dyspnea Exertional: 3 people, 9.38%
  10. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (a condition in which stomach contents leak backward from the stomach into the oesophagus): 3 people, 9.38%

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

Do you take Contrave and have Cough?

Check whether Cough is associated with a drug or a condition

How to use the study?

You can discuss the study with your doctor, to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

Related studies

Contrave side effects by duration, gender and age:

Cough treatments and more:

  • Cough (337,165 reports)

Common drugs associated with Cough:

All the drugs that are associated with Cough:

Common conditions associated with Cough:

All the conditions that are associated with Cough:

  • Cough (3,743 conditions)

How the study uses the data?

The study uses data from the FDA. It is based on bupropion hydrochloride; naltrexone hydrochloride (the active ingredients of Contrave) and Contrave (the brand name). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are not considered. Dosage of drugs is not considered in the study.

Who is eHealthMe?

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