I've been on Contrave for 13 day and went up to three pills a day two days ago. I the past two weeks I've had worse cravings than before and gained 8 pounds. Took Quysmia before and that didn't help- increased depression. Have read some people don't see the effect until three a day, but has anyone gained weight then lost it?
I am on week three and the 1st week I had side effects was sick and lost weight but now in my 3rd week I have gained the weight back and wonder when my cravings for food will go away. I am a binger and used to eat until everything was gone. I'm really hoping next week when I am on 4 pills that I won't want to do this. I have started eating some healthy foods and know I need to exercise too. The pill is just a tool that I hope will take away craving.
I have been on Contrave for two months and never lost weight. Doctor switched because I have plateaued. In the 2nd month of taking Contrave my food cravings increased. My exercise levels have been consistent with 1/2 hour cardio and 45 minutes strength 2 times a week as well as working with a trainer for 1 hour a week with circuit training. In the last 2 weeks of taking I found I had gained 5-8 lbs based on variations. I've started going back to what I was originally taking (phentermine 37.5mg per day) with a new secondary medication (Belviq 10mg). Before Contrave I was taking Phentermine 37.6mg morning and Topiramate 50mg morning and night) but doctor took me off because of tinnitus symptoms. Contrave increased the tinnitus symptoms. I'm under the care of a doctor monitoring my weightloss. He actually wanted me to finish off the Contrave I have been taking but with the sudden increase in weight I've decided to switch off today (still have 6 days of dosage but I don't care).
SO glad it isn't just me. At first I thought it was working, but after the first month or so I've had non-stop cravings and was completely obsessed with food -- all I could think about was what could I eat now, what can I eat later... and I didn't have this problem before I started Contrave. I thought it was just me, but finally decided to Google. I took myself off of Contrave a week ago (I'm carefully titrating down to my previous dose of Welbutrin), and the non-stop cravings and obsession with food have pretty much stopped. I know I gained weight on Contrave because my jeans fit more tightly than before I started. I'd love to know how rare this reaction is and what about Contrave causes it. Since I've stopped taking it, it's purely academic.
- Contrave Information for Consumers
- Contrave Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Contrave (detailed)
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