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!
Contrave - How long did it take for your appetite to diminish?
Question posted by WriterMom on 6 Jan 2015
Last updated on 25 August 2022 by Steph1576
For me to feel the full effects, it was several weeks. 3 weeks in, I can't eat 1/4 of what I used to eat. It disintegrated any of my cravings, no more craving chocolate (hallelujah!) and oddly enough once a coffee addict, I don't even want coffee anymore. I do tend to want fruit now (I was a sugar junky) so my body is actually craving the healthy stuff, which is great. If this keeps up, I will end up losing a lot of weight on this. I'm so new into it, but I'm barely eating because when I do, I fill up quickly and have to remind myself to eat. It's also leveling off my anxiety and I haven't had any panic attacks since beginning it. My husband just started on it and he's only taking 1 pill a day and he's already full on feeling the effects. So to answer your question, I think it works on everyone differently due to our brains. It's so nice to be satiated once I eat and not to think about food.
Food no longer has a hold on me, and this is something I've never had - and so grateful for it!! 5 pounds down already and just started the full dosage, so we will see! There were times I didn't think I could make it through the side effects at the beginning, but I pushed through and so glad that I did. Give it a few more weeks to see, because like I said, it was a good 3 going on 4 weeks before I truly felt the difference in my appetite and cravings.
I have been on Contrave for 3 months and minimal positive results I take 2 pills each morning and 2 each evening before dinner. I work out with an exercise coach 2 days/week and have been for a full year, but just wasn’t dropping weight, thus why my doctor let me begin Contrave. Even though I feel I am eating much less and quickly full at meal time, usually only eating a third of a meal compared to what I was eating…. I have NOT lost even 1 pound… I just keep bouncing around wishing a 3 pins range. I have had daily headaches and sometimes struggle with constipation. I started getting that odd metallic sense of taste with multiple foods, but I am 3 months in and that is a new recent symptom. I am finding this to be an incredible waste of my money. No weight loss results and yucky symptoms.
Less that one week. Just started taking the two pills on week two.
I drive tractor trailer and am always munching. That has stopped already.
Just hope it can be covered by insurance when doctor appeals.
This Wednesday will be 3 weeks in Contrave and I haven’t had any appetite suppressant or side effects. I’m up to one pill in the morning and one at night. Has anyone experienced this?
I am about 2.5 weeks in. I did have a few side affects at the beginning (extreme sleepiness, nausea and spaciness) but they have leveled off. I am noticing appetite differences..but not always. I cannot always finish my plate (nor a glass of wine as an added bonus!). What I am finding more and more now is... things are becoming "enough". I get my fill. I feel full and I am not "jonesing" for more, more, more. That alone is significant and wonderful. I just finished a very light lunch and am more than satiated. Additionally, I am now craving fruit more than junk food sweets. I grabbed a bedtime snack other night of some grapes and a couple of cookies. I ate all the grapes and then had a cookie. I finished it but it was overly sweet (I never would have said that a few weeks ago..nothing was sweet enough lol). I left the other cookie easily. If you have some patience and muster through some side effects (common to any new medication really)...
I think you will find some success. I look forward to a continuing journey. Consensus seems to be full effect is reached at around 3.-4 weeks which I am on cusp of. Good luck all.
Contrave started working for me 1 to 3 days after taking it and I only need 1 (one) pill a day. It stopped my sugar cravings dead in its tracks. No more cravings. Its said to be more helpful to people who have cravings than those that may need to suppress their appetite. I have a huge sugar addiction and Contrave is a godsend. I really don't have a huge appetite. That's what Contrave is better at, cravings not so much a suppressant. Your doctor should have told you that.
I started my 3rd week with no decrease in appetite. Have had some side effects as others have mentioned but they seem to get better with time. I am having a problem with sleep. I can get to sleep okay but wake up around 3 or 4 am and often cannot get back to sleep. Anyone else? Any suggestions on when to take evening dose? I have been taking it around 4 pm.
I started Contrave 6 days ago. I’ve noticed significant changes in my appetite but mostly how I think about (or don’t think about) food. My problem has never been true hunger. Instead, it’s been a somewhat constant need to chew and swallow. Crunchy, salty, then repeat. I feel hopeful about my ability to actually lose weight (I have 40lbs to go!) and with lifestyle changes, keep it off.
My Dr. also prescribed me Phentermine for a short time period to jump start my metabolism (menopausal... ). Therefore, my experience may be quite different than Contrave alone. I’m experiencing dry mouth and a bit of dizziness in the am, and super slight headaches. This could be because I’ve eliminated caffeine. I’m consuming 800-1000 calories a day with fewer than 100g of carbohydrates and at least 55g of protein.
I wish everyone much success and will post an update in four weeks when I weigh in. Wish me luck!
My appetite is still intact, but I am able to make better choices without the insatiable desire to eat sweets and alcohol. I am on week 4
I lost my appetite right away and was extremely nauseous
I took my first dose last night. Then this morning and I had no desire to eat. I didn't eat until 4pm and this evening my husband had ice cream and I didn't want any. Ice cream and chips is my guilty pleasure. I feel great so far. I hope this is a sign of good results to come.
Argitto1123 your response was almost 2 years ago and I am wondering how you are maintaining and if you are still following the Contrave Plan. I am just starting this is my 3rd day and I have to say I am starting to feel less hungry (not having the urge to ramble through my desk for some unhealthy snacks). It was awesome to read that in almost 4 weeks of time you had lost 10 pounds. I just want to know if you are continuing to lose weight.
Update: had a follow up & was down 11 lbs, it's kind of nice Not thinking about food, still no side effects other than dry mouth;)
I too am a newbie to Contrave (2 days so far) so of course I am not noticing any drastic changes YET. However, based on the responses I have read so far, it appears no changes will be noticed for at least 2-3 weeks (pretty much like most medications you have to get it into your system). Good luck and don't get discouraged we are all in this together.
I am a newbie to Contrave (February 19, 2019), I am currently taking one tablet for the first week and working myself up to full dosage. Of course there is no weight loss YET but I am going to be positive!! Reading all these responses are somewhat encouraging to me and I am just praying for some results. I will keep everyone posted. Good luck to my fellow Contravers.
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