On day 11 of Contrave, 2 pills a day. At first I was taking the Contrave with Flexeril, and it made me feel really bad. Once I stopped the Flexeril I have been better. Some side effects I notice this week are occasional fogginess/dizziness and headache, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat (in stressful situations), cold feet and hands (and clammy), abnormal hot flashes/sweating, and occasionally feeling jittery/anxious/impatient/angry. Sometimes I feel really tired, other times (especially after drinking coffee) I feel wired. My hunger has also been intermittent. Days 6-7 I had no appetite at all, but the past couple of days (9-11) I have been starving! I am tracking everything I eat with the Lose It! app and scale. Eating around 1500 calories a day, limiting fat and sugar. I have already lost 14 pounds, and my joint and back pain is actually feeling better already! I currently take my first pill around 7:30-8:00 am, and my second one at 4:00 pm. I was worried if I took it any later I may have trouble sleeping, but that hasn't been the case. So far I am happy with the results, but hope that the hunger subsides soon! I hate being hungry! Looking forward to the journey with you all!
Hi! Just found this forum last night when I was desperately searching for answers after I experienced horrible nausea & headache & threw up my whole
dinner—- first negative side effects since starting Contrave 6 days ago. You’re an bit farther ahead but I’d love to be able to share info & encouragement on the journey w Contrave. CONGRATS on your weight loss & your discipline in implementing a healthy eating plan, you must feel great! I’m encouraged, I’ve lost 3.5 lbs in the first 6 days because of no food cravings or additional eating besides 3 meals/day. I will start slowly increasing my activity level but must also deal w these side effects—-I feel absolutely awful. Zofran (antinausea med) I had left over from a previous surgery helps w nausea. I don’t want to have to take that for 16 weeks, though. I want to press thru the yuck & succeed w Contrave, it is really amazing to have appetite suppressed so completely, but I’m also very nervous about increasing dose tomorrow to 2 pills & then again in weeks 3 & 4, worries that negative side effects will also increase. Hoping that’s not the case (I don’t know that I could bear more) & that they will subside. You mentioned feeling jittery, heart racing from stress, sweating palms & hot flashes—-I have felt some overheating at night but not the other symptoms. Regarding feeling hungry, I haven’t felt hunger yet (probably bc of nausea), but I suggest & also plan to eat something small, a handful of nuts or apple slices or a protein bar or shake mid-morning and mid afternoon, this may help metabolism, hopefully my nausea & your hunger?? Hope all is well & that you’re continuing to persevere. What a great start you’ve made, you’re well on your way!
I have been on for a week. I did notice slight constipation but I have a terrible headache. My cravings went down immediately though so very thankful. I do know that caffeine is a stimulant, and it also stimulate the appetite. I dropped that habit about a month ago. I look forward to this journey towards health.
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