I am very disappointed in this medication. I feel sick and tired and I have not seen any results. What is this medicine supposed to do exactly? Is it a fat burner? Is it an appetite suppressant? I am really very confused as to how it's supposed to help me lose weight because all it's done is make me feel horrible.
Contrave! What is it supposed to do exactly?
Question posted by Freshley on 8 April 2015
Last updated on 17 March 2017
My doctor said that it is supposed to block receptors in the brain to not have cravings. I am starting my 6th week & I feel like total crap! Nauseous & vomiting whether I eat or not, no energy (I don't feel like doing anything; cooking, doing dishes, working out,) head & eyes hurt, my eyes are more sensitive to light, so all I want to do is sleep & that's not how I felt while on adipex! With no weight loss; I actually gained 4 lbs. I can not stand feeling like this & will be getting off this medication very soon.
For me the med gives a feeling of satiation -- meaning loss of cravings and desire to eat. I am no longer living to eat, but I eat to live and I don't feel like I am "trying." It's just that I don't even crave McDonald's or Wendy's, etc. I can eat one cookie and be happy w/o thinking about going back for the entire box. Good luck! The pill started working for me at 3 pills/day. Nausea is very common. I have discovered that most of the nausea happened when I ate high-fat foods and headaches occurred when I wasn't drinking enough water. If you still have a lot of nausea, try Bonine or Dramamine (anti-nausea meds) but they can make you sleepy.
I hope I can achieve what you have my biggest problem is I binge. If I could learn to eat to live and overcome this problem than I hope that Contrave and effort will work for me. Thanks for your answer.
Thank you all. Today is day 2 of 3 a day and I actually feel like my old self. No nausea and I wasn't overly tired. I'm very happy with the way I feel today.
Hi I looked it up on google and it is suppose to work on the chemicals in your brain and reduce your cravings and appetite. It hasn't worked yet for me either but I haven't been dieting/exercising just to see what it would do. At first I lost weight (sick) but gained it back so I think eating better and walking/joining the Y may produce better results. I'll soon be up to 4 pills a day and I want to see results for sure. I think eating high fat foods causes diarrhea etc. Good Luck and hang in there.
When you say you are up to 4 pills per day, what is the doseage or strength of each one? I am only taking one per day.
Take one tablet for 7 days
Take 1 am and 1 pm for 7 days
Take 2 am and 1 pm for 7days
Take 2 am and 2 pm daily
You gradually lead up to full dose 90 mg tablets
Your Doctor may have you on different doseage
First off, far too much of the wrong information is out there. The only true fat burner is our own body, and there are ways by proper hydration, eliminating some foods while eating more of other more often, the body's own metabolism will burn fat (which cannot take place until all calories have been exhausted). Also, suppressing appetite sends the body into survival mode, slowing down the metabolism and preserving the fat stores. So, part of your frustration is due to those facts.
As for the medication itself, hopefully the link will help you:
Should I try Contrave by my Dr? I need to lose 60 pounds. Is it safer than Adderall?
weight loss (obesity/overweight), medicine, appetite, medication, contrave
- Contrave uses and safety info
- Contrave information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Contrave (detailed)
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