Itching From Contrave

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Arlie Says:


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?



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Verwon Says:

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.

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Arlie Says:
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No rash. No other meds. Nothing new besides the Contrave.

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Verwon Says:

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?

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Arlie Says:

I have cut the dosage in half (one pill in the morning and one in the evening) and no longer have the itching problem that I had while taking the higher dosage.

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Verwon Says:

I'm glad you're doing better. :-)

Please keep me updated!

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cade71 Says:
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I too just started with the itch under my feet and hands. However today I have been itching everywhere. I am currently on 2 in the am and 1 in the pm. Thinking about going back to 1 and 1. Has anyone else experienced the all over itching?

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Arlie Says:

Yes, the itch spread and I had the itching at the same point in the medicine process. I did go back to one and one, and the itching, for the most part, went away. I am now wondering if the cause of the itching, since there is no rash, is that this drug dries out your system to such a great extent, that the skin is so dry, thus the itching (although hand lotion did nothing to stop the itch).

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Jessica Says:

Hi, I am currently going through a case of really bad itching. I am on my third week of contrave, 2 in the am 1 in the pm. I am itching every where from hands to the feet, head, neck, etc. How long after going back to 1 am 1 pm did the itching go away? My iching is so bad that was thinking about stopping it altogether but it has been helping me so much that I do not want to stop.

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Arlie Says:

It took a day or two to somewhat subside and a few weeks to totally go away.

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Steffy Says:

I also started the 2:1 this passed Friday 8/21 and on 8/24 woke up with bad itching back of neck and ears. Got so bad by 8/25 and 8/26 my hands swelled up and burned when touched, my right eye was alos swollen. I went to dr on 8/25 and he had me stop the Contrave and prescribed me with steroids, but i still have the itching everywhere. I did not want to stop it because it is working 9#'s down since 8/7. he did state i could start all over once the rash/itching has subsided. should i just go back to the 1:1?


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Trina Says:
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I have been on Contrave for 3 months. It made it itch uncontrollably. It always happen around 10pm or so. I tried just taking one pill a day, but nothing changed, the itching got so bad that I stopped talking Contrave. Note: I did lose 15 pounds

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Wanda Says:

I took contrave and within 1 week, i was itching on feet and hands and then everywhere, also lymph nodes start to swell. stopped it and reaction is still going strong after a month and a half that i quit. went to ER twice and to several doctors. seems that this is a severe allergic reaction. been on prednisone twice and had to go to an allergist and put on 2 different meds and this may not go away. also, i have Sarcoidosis and it flared it up after being in remmission for 2 years and 3 months. i am very upset about this, this is defeating its purpose. being on prednisone has increased my weight. this is really upsetting.

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ItchyScrstchy Says:
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Been on Contrave for 1 month & I ITCH BADLY!!! Thinking about asking my doc to just prescribe the Wellbutrin and calling it a day

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Mandi Says:
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Holy Moses! 2 days into week three, I woke up with hives all over, itching palms ,ears and worst of all the bottoms of my feet! I fully blamed new fabric softener but after 3 more days, I'm finally conceding that it's the Contrave. I'm going to stop it until it goes away and then try again, stopping at 1 twice daily, to see if that will keep it at bay. Yikes! This is miserable!!

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JL Says:
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Just after I increased dosage to 2 twice a day, I got hives. Had no idea what caused it. They went away after a few days, then I got strange intense itching on my palms & soles of my feet. I found these threads relating it to Contrave & that solved the mystery. I was able to control the itching with Zyrtec. I stopped the Contrave a few weeks ago (after losing no weight in ~2 1/2 months of taking it). But my feet still sometimes itch if I don't take the Zyrtec.

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Amber Says:

I have been on Contrave for 5 weeks and am currently doing the 2:2. I have been itching everywhere from inside my hands down to my thighs. I feel better now knowing that I am not alone. It seemed to happen overnight. I, too, thought it was my fabric softener or possibly even the brand of soap before realizing that Contrave is the culprit of my now extremely dry skin. I bought lotion specifically for dry skin - exzema. It hasn't worked. May try Zyrtec to see if that helps.

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Alicat Says:

Yes I have been itching not knowing what is going on. Now I know. My scalp, ears, hands, back and breast. It started after I started taking 2 and 2. I am going to cut back to 1 and 1 to see if it helps.

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Colly Says:
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Hello have you noticed a difference? Are you still experiencing the itching? Happened to me just after I started the twice a day dosage. Thanks

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Karen Says:
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Yep. Been on it a month and have itching all over.

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Colly Says:
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I stopped about 2 weeks ago after taking it 7 days and it took me a week and half to stop itching. I'm wondering if I start again will it happen again.

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