I've been on Contrave since the end of October. Nausea was a side effect at first but then went away. Now the nausea and headaches are back with a vengeance (I vomited yesterday) and I am starting to back off my dosage. Any tips from anyone re: nausea??? I am miserable but really, really want to continue on the medicine because it was working so well as first.
Is there a possibility you have caught an illness?
Hi! I wanted to respond to your question because I think I can help you. I'm on my 4th week of Contrave and I have felt horrible non stop. I have intense heaches, nausea and I wasn't sleeping good. I would compare it to morning sickness or having a really bad hangover... that's how bad I felt. However, I have found a solution! I bought some Dramamine, Bonine and Aleve. I took the Dramamine after work last night and it knocked out all the terrible feelings and also helped me sleep. I chewed the Bonine this morning since it's a non drowsy nausea medicine (I used it when I was pregnant) and it also knocked out the nausea. I feel back to normal but my food cravings are still gone and my appetite is still under control. I know it seems like a pain to take OTC meds on top of the prescription but I'm like you, I didn't want to go off the Contrave because I love the appetite suppression but I also didn't want to feel terribly ill all the time. I hope this helps you, good luck!
This is my second day on Contrave. The nausea and headache is a bit much to bare, I can say this second day has not been as bad as day one. I also feel jittery and a little spaced out. This pill has more side effects than any pill I've ever tried ( I lost 75 lbs on addipex with diet changes and exercise). My appetite is totally under control so far, no cravings no hunger pains. I just don't know if I can deal with these side effects and I can't IMAGINE taking two of these pills twice a day when I get to week 4!!! How much weight have you lost? anybody with experience on this pill please comment.
I have found that drinking lots of water, and eating a little something every two hours (it doesn't have to be a lot) will calm the nausea situation... If you go without eating and drinking plenty of water that is when you have the most problems.
I am on day 3. I thought omg how can I take just 2 pills a day when I feel like I'm dying. I can't sleep, I'm so nauseous I'm light headed and dizzy. I think it's worse then having the stomach bug!!! I've tried eating every couple of hours that has seemed to help on day 2. I still felt sick and dizzy but able to manage somewhat. I'm not sure if I want to take it anymore going to call doctor today to try something with less side effects. As soon as I get in the car I'm instantly sick. Palms sweating flushed face. I'm done!!!
A little late in this thread but I'm on Contrave day 3. I felt a little generally weak and weird day 1, felt perfect day 2, now today, day 3, terrible dizziness and nausea. I had to force myself to go to work today. I barely could stomach my oatmeal and cup of coffee-if I can't get coffee down, things are bad! I had a few wint-o-green life savers around, sipped some cold water and had a lifesaver. It really helped, I guess maybe the mint thing. I try not to use too many medications because I've had severe allergic reactions to colorants and additives in meds so I'm wary to try new things. I'm going to give Contrave a try-so far been making healthier food choices and eating less. I'm not a food craver per se, just have issues with portion control and feeling full (bottomless pit syndrome lol), this seems to be helping. Good luck to everyone on this jouney!
That is odd you have those side effects. Could it be that you are dehydrated or not consuming enough calories? Contrave should be taken with food if you feel sick to your stomach. How much water are you consuming each day? Should consume at least a couple gallons. What about caloric intake? What are you supposed to be taking in and what are you actually taking in?
I have been taking Contrave now into second month. Since having been on, there have been positive reactions. I have lost 15 pounds - seemed like I was dropping 2 pounds a week for a while. I have also stopped smokeless tobacco. Part of the contrave drug is a drug to help control craving and control crave to smoke. This is certainly a positive thing for me to stop smoking after having tried everything. Other than the fact that the drug costs about $215 for a one month supply, I would say it is worth trying especially if you are a smoker. I am going to continue for another month.
Without proper dieting and exercise, this medication will be useless if you are completely dependent on it to help you lose weight. It will certainly help control crave, but not 100%. I think Contrave simply helps control crave and it's ultimately up to you and your mind to control craving.
I am on day one of my Contrave I have been vomiting and nausea that I had to leave work... This pill has me really sick but the medication was so expensive that I want to give it a try... I ate bacon and two oranges and then I took my first pill and I was sick... Day 2 I didn't take the pill because of how I felt from day 1 I bought the dramamine but that didnt help... Any suggestions because I can't go on like this...
I have been on contract for 2 weeks and have found mustard takes away all my nausea. Just a little after you take the pill or on set of nausea. Plenty of water help also
I am two months into taking Contrave. I am nauseous periodically. I try to watch what I eat or don't eat. Seems if I don't eat enough then I am sick, or if I eat too high fat meal, I am really sick. But once I have thrown up, I feel better. I don't drink hardly any water, maybe that if why? I am not sure. I feel like this drug has definitely helped me but I do not like the nauseous side effect. But hang in there, I think your body has to take time adjusting to this drug... So I tell myself?
Omg thank you so much to all of you ladies for giving so much feedback I suffer from chronic migraines and my medication has made me put on a lot of weight so in addition I asked my doctor if there was anything that could help kickstart me to drop some of the weight I am two weeks in with contrave and until I saw these post I could not understand why my migraine medication was not helping and why I was feeling so nauseous lately when that's the one side effect I have never felt from my migraines I really thought that something else had gone horribly wrong, I am so grateful because I know exactly why I have been so miserable these past two weeks again thank you all so much
I actually had to stop a few weeks in. It was the same for me. Felt like a stomach virus two weekends in a row. It was unbearable and not worth it in my opinion. My Dr. Switched me to Belviq. I'll see how that goes.
I have total empathy. The first two days of taking the medication, I was so miserable specially at night even I was taking it in the morning. The headache kept me in bed moaning out of pain. I used Bonnine Which helped so much. I couldn't make the headache go away.out of depression I started tapping. It did miracle. The headache ended in 30 seconds after tapping. I hope this can help.
I have been taking contravene for almost 4 weeks. Because my eating issues are mostly at night, I take my pills in the afternoon and evening. I'm still at 2 pills a day. 3 makes me very sick. I wake up feeling sick most mornings. Less so if I don't eat too much the night before. Some mornings I have vomited. Although because nothing in my stomach, nothing comes out. Only other barely tolerable symptom is constipation. I drink a ton of water every day. Always have. Have never been constipated before. I hoping if I get the constipation under control that the nausea will stop as well.
I want to say to us all. Keep trying. It is a long process but worth the effort. Be proud and keep trying. We can all achieve our goals.
I'm curious if anyone has started this drug recently? I just started today. Been drinking lots of water, and making sure I eat something with Contrave. So far I just have the jitters. I didn't have a chance to work out today. So I think when I do that will subside. I'm having issues with sleeping tonight. That's why I'm here... So how often should I take the drenamin? Is this something I will have to take every night?
Thank you and good luck to all!!!
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