I was taking Contrave for just under 2months I noticed from day one that I had nausea, headaches, hot flashes, and wasn't sleeping at night. I have gotten sick I don't know how many times and had enough. I was so happy with the weight I had lost in such a short period of time, the first month I was down 15lbs and was continuing on that path. I work in shipping and I missed a shipment because I had to run to the bathroom because I got sick and last night I threw the prescription away. It tells you to be active but I noticed for me the more active I was the worse the symptoms got. I just want to know from someone that has stopped taking Contrave how long do the side effects last once you stop taking the medicine?
I've been on it for 2 months, and the only side effect I've had and still have, is the shakes in the middle of the day. My Dr said that was a common side effect.
Now, when I started taking 3 a day, I noticed upset stomach, nausea and heartburn, I decided I'd not go up to 4 a day. I stayed on 3 and no longer have these side effects.
I would think it takes a while to get out of your system. I read that you should taper OFF the pills the same way they recommend getting on the pills. Like go from 4 to 3, then 3 to 2, and then 1 a day. However, I can see why you tossed them.
Despite my weight, I am healthy and have never been on such a heavy medication. I feel like I am having every side effect possible, but this drug is really reducing my appetite. The weirdest thing though is the mental effect. I feel like I am in a fog and I just don't feel like myself. I usually have a lot of trouble falling asleep and on this pill I just drop off to sleep! However, I am tired almost all of the time. I'm only three weeks in, but I'm starting to think I am depressed. This is my last step though before considering bariatric surgery so I'm going to keep trying to get through it.
Hope you are feeling better!
I was prescribed Contrave a year ago for my fibromyalgia. It really helped my symptoms. However it was almost impossible for me to ride in a car due to motion sickness. Then there was the issue of the drug not being able to be refilled at any pharmacy in my area of 300,000 people of over 4 weeks. What a mess. I went off of it and tried just low dose naltrexone for awhile. My APN thought I might do better on it having been on the naltrexone alone. Well, I am 60 days into it. My fibromyalgia pain is better but I have such bad vertigo it is ridiculous! I am going to go off cold turkey because I can barely stand up. I had no weight loss during either time on the drug.
- Contrave Information for Consumers
- Contrave Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Contrave (detailed)
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