Ceasing Contrave Before Colonoscopy

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Kathryn Says:
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I've been taking contrave for 3 months. I am having mild success. I've only lost five pounds. However, I'm not binge eating. It has also reduced my migraines. I'm scheduled for a routine evaluation for colonoscopy in about three weeks (turned 50). My doctor requested that I stop taking Contrave two weeks before the procedure. He cited new regulations that state patients should cease the use of weight loss drugs during this procedure. When I've researched this statement, the term "diet drugs" seems to be defined as ephedrine and Belviq. I know that Contrave is new and some doctors are unfamiliar with the new drug. The procedure does require sedation, but there will not be any other medication. Do I really need to stop taking Contrave before this procedure? If not, where can I find the research to give to my doctor?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Kathryn! How are you?

The Naloxone in Contrave can sometimes interfere with other medications, including some sedatives, so it would be best to follow your doctor's instructions to be safe.

The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, dizziness, insomnia, headache and anorexia.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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