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Contrave and Vomiting

I have been on Contrave for 3 months. I have battled nausea all along, hoping it would go away. I've lost 15 pounds. The pill seems to make everything taste bad. Coffee, spicy food, even just scrambled eggs taste bitter and gritty. I didn't have any other side effect. This past week, the nausea has moved on to vomiting. I've used Tumms and Dramamine as well as a prescription anti nausea med on and off for all three months. I truly feel poisoned. I feel ridiculous that I have used this knowingly for 3 months and endured feeling sick. I've spent a lot of money and feel terrible even a week after stopping the drug. Please don't take this. I feel that fairly soon enough folks will complain enough to take it off of the market. ## I dont feel that it should be taken off th...

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Itching from Contrave

I have been taking Contrave for three weeks and have developed itching on the insides of my hands and the bottoms of my feet. Has anyone else experienced this? ## Hello, Arlie! How are you? Do you have a rash, or just the itching? Contrave has been known to cause a rash as a side effect, as listed by the FDA. You may also experience nausea, dizziness, headache and insomnia. Are you on any other medications? The itching could be due to a circulation problem. ## No rash. No other meds. Nothing new besides the Contrave. ## There's a chance that it's affecting your circulation, which can cause itching. Have you had it checked out by your doctor, yet? Has it improved, at all? ## I have cut the dosage in half (one pill in the morning and one in the evening) and no longer have the itch...

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Contrave / ringing in ears

Has anyone suffered from ringing in ears from Contrave? I'm going insane :(. but losing weight :) ## Hello, Jojo! How are you? Yes, tinnitus is among the possible side effects that are listed by the FDA. Other symptoms you may experience could possibly include nausea, dizziness, constipation, headache, upper abdominal pain, irritability, rash and muscle strains. How long have you been taking it? Most side effects are transient and will taper off in severity as your body gets used to the medication and will go away entirely after about 4 to 6 weeks. ## yes - please beware this was one of the most horrible experiences of my life...I started contrave - was on it for about a month and started experiencing ringing in my ears...it became so loud that I couldn't even hear...I immediate...

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what can you take with the insomnia when taking contrave

I just start taking Contrave. I am on day 5 with one pill in the morning and haven't been sleeping much at all. Scared to take two pills a day. Any suggestions on what will help? Don't want to stop taking it because I can tell my cravings are more controlled. I already take a Melatonin a night. I also drank some sleepy time tea last night. Will this go away? ## Hi Ann, Sorry to hear about your challenges with insomnia. According to NIH.gov, a "sudden increase in energy, racing thoughts or trouble sleeping" is listed as a side effect of Bupropion (one of the active ingredients in Contrave). Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0009361 They also list, "trouble sleeping or a big increase in energy" as a side effect of Naltrexone (the other active ingredient in ...

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Help for constipation while on Contrave

Please advise. I'm day 3 off contrave and constipation has set in! What do you all use to ease constipation? ## I drink room temperature organic prune juice every morning. I had an extreme bout of constipation before until I took a laxative then used prune juice later in the day because the constipation was coming back. Haven't had much problems now with constipation if I drink some in the morning to get everything moving from my system from the night before. ## I have taken Contrave for one week and have had constipation. I must admit that I have not been drinking enough water though. I started taking stool softeners every day, from one to three daily. I've had bouts of constipation in the past, and my gastroenterologist said it is safe to take stool softeners daily. I did ...

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Contrave not working anymore

I took Contrave and lost 52 pounds in 10 months, which has put me back to my ideal body weight. The problem is that it has not been working after that 10 months. I don’t have any side effects, but have a ridiculous appetite now. Almost to the point of wanting to binge eat. Anybody else been on it a while and have it stop working? I’ve gained almost 10 pounds back in the last few months. I’m not sure whether to ask my doctor about stopping it, but I’m afraid my appetite will be even worse. Anybody? ## I had the same problem. I was starving hungry and wanted to eat and eat. Weirdest thing was that I felt constantly hungry even after a week? ## You are not the only people who have experienced such issues. Most people who have tried it have reported eventually hittin...

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Restarting contravene

Hi. I was on contrave for four months, lost 17 lbs and felt great. There were some side effects, like stomach ache and head ache but nothing severe. Ive been off the drug for about 10 days for vacation and would like to start again. I have called and left messages for my doctor twice and have not gotten answer back regarding the dosage. Do I start over again, like a beginner? Or do I go back to the dosage I quit at? ## Honestly, only your prescribing doctor can legally tell you what and how much you should be taking; including how long it should be taken for to achieve your goals. But if you've been off the medication for 10 days after four months of consistent treatment, my view is that the dosage would likely be similar to what you were already taking before quitting (since the ef...

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Contrave - restarting and side effects

I've been taking Contrave for about 2 1/2 months. During week 6 or so I was hospitalized with a severe UTI and kidney infection (4 days). The hospital wouldn't give me Contrave during my stay but I resumed when I got home by taking 1 pill a day for a week, then back to the normal doesage of 4/day. I am not noticing any benefits from the Contrave now. 1. I'm wondering if the UTI was a side effect of the Contrave (it's listed as a possible side effect) and 2. Why am I not having any of the benefits? How do I get back to losing? ## Hello Kim, Sorry to hear about your severe UTI but I'm glad to hear that you're doing better now. I have been browsing the Contrave official website for a few minutes and I noticed that I don't see UTI listed as a potential side effec...

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Contrave and bad breath

Hello, I am on week 4 of Contrave and have lost 11lbs. Ever since starting this medication my husband says my breath is bad. I drink a lot of water and have mints but this is like coming up from my stomach. Other than that I haven't had bad side effects. I do sweat more at the gym where as before I didn't. But anyone else experience this or have a solution? I'm very diligent about oral hygiene. ## Hello, Ginaye! How are you? I'm not seeing that listed among the side effects, but it can cause some gas and dry mouth, which may be contributing to the problem. Especially, since you said it seems to be coming up from your stomach. Other side effects may include nausea, dizziness, insomnia and anorexia. Has anyone else on Contrave experienced this? ## I am currently on week 5 ...

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Long term weight loss with Contrave

I would like to know how anyone is doing with long term weight loss using Contrave and a healthy lifestyle?

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Contrave and upset stomach, not eating

I've taken 1 dose of this medication, my stomach feels like it’s going to die. It’s upset, gurgling and just overall angry. I have no appetite for food or even drinking water tastes off. Is this normal? It’s been 13 hours and I've lost 7 pounds… help ## If you've lost 7 pounds in 13 hours, then you need to seek medical attention, that could be due to a serious medical condition, or possible dangerous reaction to the medication. Contrave's typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, diarrhea, flushing, and excessive sweating. Ref: Medline Plus Contrave Are you on any other medications? There are some, such as opiates, that should not be taken with this medication. ## I continued to take it… at about a week now. Still feel ju...

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contrave and sleepiness

I started contrave 4 days ago, today being my 5th dose. every day, i take the pill about 8am and by 9:30-10am I am so sleepy I can't stand it. Days 1 and 2 I managed to fight it off until about 12-12:30, day 3 until about 1-1:30, and day 4 I fought it off until 3pm. If I take a 1-2 hour nap, I wake up fine, with energy and then cannot get to sleep until about 2am, sometimes 3am. Today is day 5, I'm having that "drunk" feeling and sleepy, but no where near how it has been. It seems this effect is slowly wearing off, but I haven't seen anywhere where this is a common side effect. I know all medications effect everyone differently, so I'm wondering if this is something I should be concerned about, or just another side effect that I will get used to as the weeks go o...

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contrave and cymbalta

On day two of Contrave but also on 30mg of cymbalta. My doctor didn't seem to have any worries on both together. Has anyone been on both. I actually skipped my cymbalta for last nights dose because I want off of cymbalta. I have been on 30mg since last November. Any personal experiences?? ## Hello, Erica! How are you? They can increase the toxicity of each other, as well as increasing the risk of seizures, when they are combined, according to the FDA. Thus, they should not normally be prescribed together and it is advised that this only be done as a last resort, when someone is out of other options. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I am wondering the same thing. I am also on cymbalta fornthe past month and a half and now i started contrave a week ago. Everything i read say...

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Wanting to quit taking Contrave

I need to know how to stop taking contrave. Can I just quit cold turkey or do I wean off? If I wean off how do I do it? ## Hello, Janice! How are you? How long have you been taking it? Why do you want to stop it? The FDA lists Contrave as being used to aid in weight loss and its typical side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia and anorexia. Have you consulted your doctor? It does require slow tapering for some people. ## I was looking up how to wean myself off of Contrave and found this comment on here. I've been taking Confrave for about a month or so. I just started the 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills at night dose Sunday (today is Friday). I've felt horrible all week since increasing it. Hot flashes in my face, horrible nausea, glands some...

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Contrave Evening Dose

I'm starting my 2nd week on Contrave tomorrow and the prescription says to take 1 in the morning and one in the evening. If I take the morning dose around 7 a.m., what time should I take the evening dose? I haven't been able to find any information on how far apart the doses should be taken. Thanks. ## Hello, Bobbye! How are you? It's usually taken at meal times, so with breakfast and dinner, but are supposed to avoid taking it with a very high fat meal. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with? ## When exactly should I take the medication? Everything I read so far only says with a meal....but does it mean before or after the meal? I was wondering if it made a difference. Th...

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Contrave and alcohol consumption

I have filled my prescription of Contrive but have not yet started taking it. I read all the possible side effects and am weary about taking in and wanting to continue to socially drink (glass of wine, socially drink on weekends) ## @pnj, According to umm.edu's drug interaction checker, there ARE potentially dangerous interactions between Contrave and Alcohol. These statements go on to note the following: Consuming alcohol with Bupropion (one of the active ingredients in Contrave) may lead to an increased risk of seizures, decreased tolerance to alcohol, muscle spasms, confusion, and changes in cognitive awareness. For those reasons mentioned above, I would not encourage anyone to take the two together or even within the same day. Hope this helps! ## OK, I read the notice about alco...

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Contrave and Suboxone

I started today with my first dose of contrave, 1 pill in the AM. I also take suboxone 8mg (4 1 time a day). My doctor stated that the interaction of the two should be minimal..yeah NO! I got diarrhea, hot flashes, chills, body aches, and pretty much every withdrawal symptom known to man. I now dont want to take the contrave because I am not ready to stop the suboxone. Should I just stop the contrave and continue the sub? Or how should I go about this? ## Hello, Kiat! How are you? I'm very sorry about what happened. Yes, the Naltrexone in Contrave can cause you to go into withdrawal from any opiate, as listed by the FDA, and you were doubling it up with the Naloxone in the Suboxone that does that same thing. As to how to continue, it usually takes about 3 days, before you can safely...

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Contrave stopped working week 4

I am finishing up my fourth week on contrave. The first two weeks were pretty brutal with all of the terrible side effects. But my appetite was definitely diminished and I did not have the urge to binge eat. Now that I am on week four most of the side effects are gone but I also don't feel like contrave is working at all. My appetite is almost back to normal, I think about food all the time. I'm pretty disappointed. Has anyone else experienced this? ## Yes, most people do report experiencing a period of time where it seems to stop working, for a brief period, but then starts again, after a few weeks. (This is going by user reports as posted online.) The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, nervousness, headache, and insomnia. How are you do...

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Side effects of Contrave

I'm on my third day. Today I have a severe headache. But my question is this, has anyone had bad diarrhea? I get cramps, then bam. But I was feeling better by night. Today is the worst. Should I continue or stop? ## Hello, Shercon! How are you doing? I'm very sorry about the way you're feeling. Those can be normal side effects of Contrave and it may take about a month for them to wear off, as your body gets used to the medication. Other side effects, as listed by the FDA, may possibly include dry mouth, dizziness and nausea. Have you consulted your doctor? Unless they feel there is some reason to be concerned, you should most likely continue taking it. ## Verwon -- are you taking Contrave? ## I'm on Contrave and the stomach discomfort wore off, very mild headache left to...

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Contrave and Liver function

I took Contrave for a few months and stopped a month ago because my hair started falling out. This had a blood test and results indicate liver disfunction (all enzymes measured are raised, my ALT the highest, about three times higher than normal range). My Dr is worried about cirrhosis/tissue death. I have a fibroscan and ultrasound tomorrow and have had anothed set of bloods taken - will have more answers this week. I have done a little reading and see Contrave can cause liver disease. I have never been healthier (otherwise) - eat well (Dr said tge dramatic rise in 6 months couldn't be diet related anyway), exercise five times a week, have consistently lost small amounts of weight (10kg since May). However, I am bloated aften, tired, dizzy, have muscle cramping and weaknesses, am i...

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