I've been taking Contrave for about a week. So far no side effects, but not much change in my appetite either. I was hoping for instant hunger disappearance!! Does it take a while for the effectiveness to kick in? Thanks!
My appetite didn't decrease until I was up to the 3-pill dosage. Actually, when I was on the 1-2 pill dosage my appetite INCREASED. Now I am on 4 pills a day and I don't even think about food until my stomach starts growling. Yay! It has made a world of difference for me. I now eat to live rather than living to eat. That being said, the morning nausea is driving me nuts. I am trying different food combinations (i.e. only carbs, only protein, combo... ) hoping that will help.
I'm on my fifth week. In my experience, I didn't notice a difference until about week 2-3. I noticed I didn't think so much about food or my next meal. I've been able to listen to my body and only eat when I feel hungry. I think someone else already said this on the post, but I feel like I eat to live and not live to eat like before. Good luck!!!
I've been on contrave for 3 full weeks today and I noticed that within the first week my appetite decreased drastically. Like carben said, I eat to live now! My meals have literally been cut by 2/3rds or more. I did have some side effects though... a lot of dizziness and nausea for the first few days after changing each dose. And even after I've gotten used to it, I still have some spells of both. I know this question was from January, so I hope things have gotten better!
This is my third day, and am not feeling any different. Am going to start my workout this week, hopefully that will speed things along. I thought it was going to give me a 'Stacker 2" effect, where it immediately cuts my appetite. Am not experiencing any side effects... at least not yet.
I am in my 4th week. The first two steps up in dose I had major issues with low blood sugar (which cause extreme nausea). But once I realized that's what it was, I paid more attention to what I ate on the days I increased dose. I also felt ravenous at times in my first few weeks. Now I'm at full dose and I've definitely noticed a difference. I'm switching to this med from a combo of phentermine and trokendi xr. I took those two for 6 months and ate 1000 calories a day, lost 40 lbs. But I hit a plateau after 4 1/2 months. I am being monitored by my endocrinologist - he says I have a "negative" metabolism from long-time sleep deprivation (my son has insomnia). Anyway, I'm finally seeing a difference with the Contrave! It's so different than the phentermine b/c I DO feel hungry. But I feel full, or satisfied, much quicker.
I can't eat a lot anyway b/c my stomach has shrunk over the last 6 months. But this is different. The last two mornings I can't even eat a full yogurt. ABSOLUTELY I'm eating to live and not living to eat. Well said! This is the first time I've ever felt this way in my life!!
I started week three on Tuesday. As of today I'm down 10lbs 4ozs. I experienced what was like a sugar drop on Tuesday late afternoon because I didn't eat enough for lunch. Other than that I have had no other side effects! And I was more hungry the first two weeks as well especially in the later evenings!! Hoping for great results with what I've already accomplished! I have not starved myself or altered my diet hugely nor have I worked out like a maniac =0)
I am now 5 days in. No real change in appetite yet. Like someone else said, phentermine is so different. It kills your appetite right away. Hoping that happens soon. First few days on Contrave, however, I felt very nauseous, like a big drop in blood sugar sick feeling and nothing sounded good. Just trying to get a few carbs in the morning to curb that. Hoping for some big changes soon!
I recently started my 5th month on Contrave. The first couple weeks were tough with nausea. I started at 188 and as this morning I am 165.6. I follow the scale down program which helps keep me accountable. I am/was a stress eater. After a bad day at work I would reward myself by stopping at the store and buying cake, cookies, pie, chips/dip etc. Now if I want a cookie, its because I want one not to reward myself for making it through a stressfull day. I still eat sweets but not very often. Not really interested.
I can't pinpoint when I no longer bought a 'reward' on the way home from work. Somewhere in the 2nd month I realized I was not buying or eating sweets very often. About the same time I realized I was not eating between meals and I was eating less.
I am more conscience of what I eat. Stop when I am full. Think twice before I put something in my mouth. Love the fact I've lost 23 lbs.
Biggest negative is dealing with the constipation. But..it's a side affect that can be dealt with.
I have been on Contrave for 6 weeks... Lost 11 pounds... I still like to eat... But I am satisfied with a few bites... I could go through a family size bag of chips in one night... Now it takes me two... Just kidding.. Actually I'll have a FEW chips and be satisfied... I rarely eat chips anymore... As for sweets... I am / was the original cookie monster... I could eat a dozen cookies in record time... Now... I still like cookies... But they are now safe from annihilation... My wife has noticed the big difference in my food consumption... When I sat down for a meal... I SAT DOWN FOR A MEAL... Now my serving are smaller and I don't always finish (by licking the plate clean) my meal of one serving... She hates taking me to restaurants... Anyways so far so good... I didn't notice Contrave working until around the end of the 3rd week... I recommend giving it a try... Good Luck!!!
I have been taking Contrave now for about 6 months and have lost about 15 lbs. My weight has been see-sawing a pound or two, but I certainly have managed not to gain any more weight, like I normally do. If I gain a lb or 2 from day to day, it comes right off when I focus. I must admit I am not fully compliant with the Rx plan, however, I can attest to the fact there is a great difference in my appetite and the way I see food. Most times I am very conscious of my food choices, primarily because I have done a lot of research on the way different foods affect metabolism and I am never really hungry. When I eat, it's only because I realize I haven't done so. I would imagine, if I would just buckle down, follow the plan as prescribed, I would have even greater success. I have not lost as much as I would like, but I can truly say, I have not gained any weight and I really haven't made any drastic changes to my lifestyle.
I am going to challenge myself to follow the plan exactly for one month, then repost. I hope to have some great results to share. I definitely recommend this med for the disciplined ones. I think great results can be achieved. Also, it is almost time for my follow-up MD appt, so I want to be impressive. Chat with you all in one month, Sept 30, 2015.
It's funny- seems like there is a wide range of experiences with this stuff. I noticed the "eat to live, not live to eat" feeling the first week! However, my nausea was awful. Someone recommended Bonine, (OTC Meclizine) which did help.
However, I've been on 4 pills/day for one week now, and feel like I am "back up to my old tricks", ie eating only 400 cal between brkfast/lunch, then getting carried away with portion size at dinner. I don't even remember eating potato chips, and have never drunk soda with sugar, always sugar-free, so weight loss is incredibly hard for me. I do like cookies and cake, but haven't had those in several months, as I tried cutting cal, exercising more without success.
The constipation is "curable" with 2-4 jigsaw magnesium pills/ day (can buy on amazon). Still have nausea, but not as bad. Unfortunately, for me, the "eat to live" feeling was kind of brief (but really wonderful!) I'm hoping it comes back. I'm going to continue to try. Sigh. Kind of discouraged. Good luck- hang in there- should get better- give it your best shot! Bigbetty
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