I had weight loss surgery 4 years ago and have gained back a significant amount after I was treated for hyperthyroid disease. I have little to know thyroid function now and have gained 75lbs in the past year due to not feeling good and not really caring about what I eat. I've kind of given up on ever reaching a healthy weight. Does contrave work well with thyroid issues and after weight loss surgery that I've failed at?
Please don’t beat yourself up about gaining weight back, I know I’ve done the same after losing 30 lbs from strict, regimented, expensive Physicians Weight Loss program and gaining it all back and then some. I was recently diagnosed w Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis after a grueling bout of Hyperthyroidism that preceded it, all the while going thru menopause, so I understand the uphill battle & feeling defeated. I discussed my previous weight loss/gain & desire to lose weight & feel better w my endocrinologist. The Dr said while weight loss won’t improve or hurt my thyroid function (it’s being helped by Levothyroxine, BTW), she supported my desire to get to a healthy weight and suggested Contrave to jump start the effort. I’m on day 6 (1 pill/day) and felt great, have had zero cravings for food outside of 3 meals/day & have lost 3.5 pounds without adding exercise yet. No side effects until last night, when they hit w a vengeance—-Bleeeggghhhh! Horrible nausea w dry heaves after dinner lasted all evening (I resisted vomiting bc I hate it!) w throbbing headache, then I threw up all my dinner around 11 pm. Found this forum and a thread from 2015 about nausea & headache while on Contrave—seems to be common side effects & honestly the #1 reason why people get discouraged & quit taking Contrave. But even w all the complaints, I did feel that people were pleased w weight loss results. Just depended on the individual whether or not they wanted to deal w side effects, which do seem to subside/disappear but may take several weeks. I found some Zofran (antinausea med) that I had left over from a previous surgery & took that last night. It helped greatly & at least I was able to sleep. Others have reported that Dramamine and its non-drowsy form, Bonine is helpful. (I will try Bonine after my Zofran runs out). This morning I woke w minor nausea & headache has returned. So far I’ve taken my thyroid med w lots of water (according to other posts, good water intake seems key to helping headaches), now have to wait an hour before taking anything else. I plan to take Zofran & wait an hour, then will have a piece of toast & egg white (if I can stomach it), then take my Contrave. I’ll try to eat something small every two hours to help nausea & see how it goes. Tomorrow I’m supposed to begin taking 2 pills a day, AM & PM. Lord help me. I’ll report back. Be encouraged that the past is the past and you can make strides back in a new direction & have success. Don’t know if Contrave is what you want to do, it is expensive (I got a pharmacy discount card from Dr, you can also register for discount thru Contrave.com that brings price down from $280 to $99 for 30 day supply—helps but still pricey). It’s because of the expense that I’m sticking w this at least until I finish this 30 day supply, then will re-evaluate & speak w my Dr if I feel like I can’t handle side effects any longer. Now you are aware there are unpleasant side effects that seem pretty common but will subside over time & can weigh that into your decision. If you want to go ahead w Contrave, it is vital to stay well-hydrated & prep for nausea; Tylenol ok for headaches, but no Ibuprofen (neg drug interaction wContrave); avoid fatty foods (seem to worsen side effects) and return to the good habits that helped you be successful in the past. I wish you all the best on your journey—-even if we stumble we can always dust ourselves off and continue!
- Contrave Information for Consumers
- Contrave Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Contrave (detailed)
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