This may seem like an unlikely blog to talk about weight loss, but many people who are on anti craving medications such as Topamax (topiramate) are finding a surprise bonus. While using this medication to aide their efforts to either moderate or stop drinking, they are also losing weight!
Contrave: Awaiting FDA Approval
Another anti craving medication – Naltrexone – in combination with an anti depressant has just been approved by the FDA to assist in weight loss. The new drug Contrave is set for panel review in December 2010. This drug “targets behavior and reward pathways in the brain.” It combines an antidepressant Wellbutrin (buproprion) with Naltrexone, an opioid blocker used to treat alcoholism and opiate addiction. Contrave will address craving for food – it will also address craving for alcohol. Those using this weight loss drug will more than likely be inclined to drink less. Taking drinking out of the equation will lower their calorie count immediately because there are so many empty calories in alcohol.
Even though over eating and excessive drinking are both addictive behaviors, I think that the over eaters have it worse. No one can just stop eating, but it is very possible to stop drinking and to avoid people, places and things that trigger a relapse. Over eaters have to develop a relationship with food, and learn to live within moderate guidelines. Yet drinkers don’t have to have any relationship with alcohol in order to subsist. We can throw it out with the bathwater!
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