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Bupropion Hydrochloride/Naltrexone Hydrochloride

How to get Contrave online in Canada

With Livewell, you can get Contrave prescribed by a licensed healthcare practitioner and delivered to your door for free.

About Contrave
Bupropion Hydrochloride/Naltrexone Hydrochloride
8 mg of naltrexone hydrochloride and 90 mg of bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets
Health Canada approved
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Free shipping, or in-pharmacy pickup
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Receive a treatment plan
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What is Contrave?

Contrave is a combination of the two medications, naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride.

It’s used in combination with dietary changes and exercise to help control weight in adults with a BMI over 30, or over 27 in combination with a number of weight-related health conditions.

For more resources, including a full list of the risks and benefits of Contrave, please review the product monograph.

How does Contrave work?

Contrave has two ingredients: naltrexone (an opioid antagonist) and bupropion (a relatively weak inhibitor of the neuronal reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine).

Nonclinical studies suggest that naltrexone and bupropion have effects on two separate areas of the brain, which are involved in the regulation of food intake. These two areas are the hypothalamus (appetite regulatory center) and the mesolimbic dopamine circuit (reward system).

The combination of their effects may lead to reduced appetite, as well as fewer food cravings.

What is Contrave used for?

Contrave is frequently used as a weight management treatment for adults with a BMI over 30, in combination with dietary changes and regular exercise.

In some cases, Contrave is also used for adults with a BMI over 27, who are experiencing some type of weight-related health condition.

These types of conditions could include:

  • High blood pressure, which is being controlled by medication
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High levels of lipids in the blood (i.e., cholesterol, fats, etc.)

How do you take Contrave?

Contrave should be used in combination with dietary changes and exercise for the purpose of weight management.

Dosing should be escalated using the following schedule:

  • Week 1 - 1 morning tablet, no evening tablet
  • Week 2 - 1 morning tablet, 1 evening tablet
  • Week 3 - 2 morning tablets, 1 evening tablet
  • Week 4 - 2 morning tablets, 2 evening tablets

From week 4 onward, you should take 2 tablets each morning and two each evening. Tablets should be taken orally, with food (avoid high-fat meals). Don’t cut, chew, or crush the tablets.

Don’t drink alcohol while taking Contrave. Always follow the specific dosage directions listed on your prescription and given to you by your healthcare practitioner.

What are the common side effects of Contrave?

The most common side effects of taking a Contrave prescription include:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling jittery
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Migraines
  • Dysgeusia (bad taste in the mouth)
  • Restlessness or inability to focus
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperhidrosis (sweating excessively)
  • Flushing
  • Hair loss
  • Flu symptoms

If you start to experience any serious side effects from taking Contrave, talk to your healthcare practitioner. They may be able to suggest alternative medications that will work better for you.

Who shouldn't take Contrave?

There are a number of people who shouldn't take Contrave, such as:

  • People who are allergic to any of the ingredients in Contrave
  • People under the age of 18
  • People who are pregnant or believe they could be pregnant
  • People who have high blood pressure that can’t be controlled by medication
  • People with severe liver problems
  • People at end-stage kidney failure
  • People who have ever had a seizure
  • People taking thioridazine
  • People taking any medications containing bupropion hydrochloride
  • People with an eating disorder (i.e., bulimia, anorexia, etc.)
  • People dependent on opioid pain relievers
  • People who drink a lot on a regular basis
  • People taking sedatives, benzodiazepines, or anti-seizure medications
  • People taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Are at a higher risk for seizures because of a previous condition (i.e., blood vessel problems, strokes, head injuries, etc.)
  • Are experiencing depression or other mental health issues
  • Have or are at a high risk for bipolar disorder
  • Have or had liver problems
  • Have suicidal thoughts or have tried suicidal actions in the past
  • Have high blood pressure that’s controlled by medication
  • Have had a heart attack
  • Have kidney problems
  • Are over 65 years old
  • Are lactose intolerant or have galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • Are dependent on alcohol or are seeking treatment for alcohol dependency
  • Have significant weight loss
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Have anatomically narrow angles
  • Have had a stutter or other speech disorder

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Frequently asked questions about Contrave®

Contrave 101

How much is a one month supply of Contrave?

In Canada, the cost of a one-month supply of Contrave will vary depending on your coverage eligibility and the province. The pricing (before insurance coverage) is discussed during your online visit.

Can I get a Contrave prescription online?

Yes, you can get a Contrave online in Canada, but first you’ll need to speak with a licensed healthcare practitioner to ensure Contrave is right for you.

If they believe Contrave is the right medication for you, they’ll be able to write you a prescription, and with Livewell, you can have your medication shipped directly to your home for free.

How do I get a Contrave prescription?

Requesting an online Contrave prescription through Livewell is a quick, seamless process.

All you need to do is complete an online assessment, at your convenience. One of our healthcare experts will be happy to talk to you about Contrave, based on your health and medical history.

Can I buy Contrave online?

You can’t buy Contrave online without a prescription, but with Livewell you can get Contrave prescribed online, if it’s an appropriate treatment option for you.

Complete a short online assessment, and if you’re approved by a healthcare practitioner, your medication will be shipped to your door for free.

Do I need an appointment to get a Contrave prescription in Canada?

No, you don’t need an appointment at a doctor’s office. You need to speak with a licensed healthcare practitioner, like those you’ll find at Livewell, in order to get Contrave online in Canada.

Thankfully, you can complete an online assessment with a registered healthcare practitioner from Livewell, on your schedule. No long waits or sitting around a doctor’s office.

Is Contrave available over-the-counter?

No, getting Contrave online in Canada requires a prescription from a licensed healthcare practitioner, like those you’ll find at Livewell.

‍Is Contrave covered by insurance?

In some cases, getting Contrave may be covered by your insurance company. Speak to your insurance representative to see whether you’re covered to get Contrave prescriptions online.

The good news is that if your prescription is covered, Livewell is able to bill your insurer directly, and then mail your medication right to your home at no extra cost.

It's important to note that insurance coverage for online medications through Livewell doesn't include the cost of your assessment.

Livewell 101

What is Livewell?

Livewell is Canada’s first truly integrated healthcare platform. We provide on-demand treatment for everyday health needs like weight loss, mental health, sexual health, and more. Founded in 2019, our digital-first approach to healthcare includes everything from diagnosis to prescription — all accessible from the comfort of home.

Who can use Livewell?

Anyone who is 18 years or older older (16 or older for acne and birth control prescriptions), and is located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan or Ontario. We cannot ship medication outside of these provinces at this time.

Does Livewell replace my doctor?

No. Livewell provides a faster, hassle-free way for you to get a prescription to certain medications but our service does not replace your primary care provider. For matters that extend beyond obtaining a prescription lifestyle medication safely and easily, we encourage you to consult your primary health practitioner in person — whether for checkups, personal health concerns, or to inform them about the medications you are currently using.

Can I be accurately assessed remotely?

Absolutely. Our online assessments have been designed to ask all the necessary questions required for diagnosis. We've worked with specialist to create an assessment process that can provide sufficient information for the healthcare practitioner to determine whether or not you are eligible for a prescription and craft an appropriate treatment plan.

It's an emergency. What do I do?

Call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room immediately. Livewell is not intended for medical emergencies. Once the emergency has been addressed or resolved, contact your prescribing practitioner to inform them of your experience as this may impact your current treatment plan.

Online Visits

How does this visit work?

After creating an account, you will complete a medical assessment for evaluation by one of the Livewell healthcare practitioners.

During your assessment, you will have the opportunity to send your practitioner questions via secure messaging.

In most cases, practitioners will complete your assessment with secure messaging alone but sometimes they may determine you require an audio or video visit and/or further diagnostic testing to help determine the best treatment plan for you.

If your practitioner has determines a prescription treatment is appropriate, they will approve your visit and write you a prescription. Our pharmacy will then ship your prescription to your home.

You’ll be able to message your healthcare practitioner if you have questions about your medication or want to make changes to your treatment at any time.

Do I need to complete my online visit at a scheduled time?

No. We use an asynchronous telemedicine model so you can complete your online visit in your own time and we save your progress so you can come back later to finish it.

If you are completing a visit in the mental health or weight loss categories, your healthcare practitioner may require a phone or video call to discuss your medical profile further during the assessment process.

Does the online visit require a phone or video appointment?

Most assessments do not require a phone or video conversation. Once a prescriber has reviewed the info in your assessment they will respond to you via secure instant messages that you can access within your Livewell account.

If you are completing a visit in the mental health or weight loss categories, your healthcare practitioner may require a phone or video call to discuss your medical profile further during the assessment process.

How quickly will a healthcare practitioner review my online visit?

You can expect to receive a response from a healthcare practitioner within 24 hours of submission. If you’ve been waiting longer than this, please email and we’ll look into it.

Can I just get the medication and skip the online visit?

No. A prescription written by a licensed healthcare practitioner is required for all medication currently provided through Livewell’s service. If you already have a prescription with at least one refill remaining, you can transfer it to the Livewell Pharmacy network.

Please email our Customer Support team at and they will be able to assist you with the transfer.


How long will it take to get my medication?

Not long. After completing your assessment, a practitioner will generally respond within 24 hours, and often much sooner.

The pharmacy will process and fill your prescription within 2-3 business days of your prescription approval date if there is nothing blocking them from doing so.

All packages are shipped via Express Post, which usually takes 2-3 business days. You will receive an email with your tracking number once your treatment has been shipped.

Is your packaging discreet?

Absolutely. All Livewell shipments arrive in a nondescript blister package so you can have your medication shipped wherever makes sense for you as long as there is someone there to sign for it.

Do I have to be home to receive my package?

A signature upon delivery may be required.

How much does it cost for shipping my medication?

There is currently no cost to have your medication sent to you from our Livewell Pharmacy network.

What courier do you use for shipping?

Our pharmacy partners use Canada Post and Fedex for shipping.

Privacy and Security

Is my information private and secure?

Yes, your security is paramount to Livewell’s mission. Personal health information provided during your medical assessment is strictly and legally confidential between you and the Livewell healthcare practitioner.

Beyond that, all your account information (including the medical assessment, credit card, and shipping information, etc.) is also stored safely and securely. Livewell is compliant with all federal and provincial health privacy legislation. It is our duty to protect your data with comprehensive security infrastructure and stringent data policies to ensure it stays private and secure.

Is this legal?

Yes! In Canada, only a licensed healthcare practitioner can write a prescription, and only a registered pharmacist can fill that prescription. We are supported by leaders in the Canadian pharmacology and specialized medical fields. Livewell adheres strictly to all the regulations set forth by all applicable Colleges of Pharmacists and Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in which we operate.

Is this safe?

Absolutely. All prescriptions obtained via Livewell are provided by licensed Canadian healthcare practitioners—the same as you would get at a hospital, doctor’s office, or clinic. These practitioners do not provide prescriptions unless they deem it medically safe and appropriate to write them based on your medical profile and assessment answers. Our assessments have been crafted by the experts on our medical team. Finally, all Livewell Pharmacies are provincially accredited just like any retail pharmacy.

How is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is our top priority. All your data is 256 bit SSL/TLS encrypted, and we take significant steps to keep your data secure.

Pricing and Payment

How much is the online visit?

Livewell charges a fee for the online visit, but only if and when you are approved by the healthcare practitioner. In most cases the fee is $40 but varies by treatment category. The visit fee includes a prescription valid for up to a year (depending on the condition) and on-going support from the healthcare practitioner or pharmacist.

How much will my medication cost?

It depends. Medication costs vary from treatment to treatment but will be in line with what you would pay at a pharmacy in person. You will see the estimated cost of your medication before insurance, during the online visit but will only be charged once approved. Once approved, your prescription will be sent to the pharmacy and we will process the payment and fill the prescription within one to two days.

Keep in mind that you won’t necessarily need to pay the full price yourself. If you have insurance, Livewell’s partner pharmacies will bill your insurer directly. You may also be eligible for financial support in your province.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards for any aspect of your treatment not covered by insurance or other financial support

When am I charged?

You will be charged for the online visit as soon as it is approved by the healthcare practitioner. From there, and after your prescription is activated by the pharmacy, you will be charged the medication cost for each shipment based on your chosen refill schedule. If you have provided insurance or benefits coverage details, it will be applied according to your plan.


Am I covered by my insurance?

Medication coverage varies greatly between different insurance plans.

The good news is that if you are covered, Livewell can bill your insurer directly, and then ship your medications right to your door at no additional cost to you. We recommend that you upload your private and/or provincial benefit card during the online visit so that our pharmacy partner can apply any coverage you are eligible for before shipping your meds.

Insurance coverage for medications through Livewell doesn't include the cost of your visit.

Is the online visit covered by my insurance or provincial health plans?

A Livewell online visit is considered asynchronous since it is conveniently completed through a secure chat bases system. Currently, asynchronous visits are not covered by insurance or provincial health plans so you will be charged a visit fee, depending on the category of treatment you are requesting.

Is the medication covered by my insurance or provincial plan plans?

Medication coverage varies greatly between different plans, provinces, and has specific criteria that determine eligibility. For private insurance, we recommend contacting your benefits administrator with your details and the Drug Identification Number (DIN) and the drug name to determine your coverage.

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