Contrave dosing – how to take it?

So you or someone close to you had a medical assessment and are now considering Contrave diet pill as a part of the treatment, because you need to lose weight fast. In this case, there are indeed certain aspects of taking Contrave medication to treat obesity that you should know in advance.

First and foremost, Contrave weight loss drug can only be obtained after you get the prescription from your doctor’s or your health care provider. In order to get the prescription, you will have to undergo a medical assessment. Be sure to report to your doctor about any kinds of medication you have been taking, especially if you have been taking any medication to treat depression, anxiety and SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

What is Contrave ER?

Contrave ER (extended-release) is the combination of bupropion hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride extended-release tablets. It is the medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration and released in the United States in 2014. Contrave diet pill is prescribed in addition to serious lifestyle changes (low-calorie diet and exercising) to help patients lose weight faster.

The components of Contrave ER are separately available drugs that were also separately approved by the Food and Drug Administration in United States. Naltrexone is used to treat narcotic addictions, while Bupropion is a quite common antidepressant that can affect the appetite of the patient.

Contrave dosing

–      General information about dosing

The Contrave weight loss drug should be administered exactly as stated in the prescription label, given to you by your doctor. Don’t take your daily dose at once and do not take more than 2 tablets of Contrave ER at once. Do not take more or less than prescribed and if the treatment course was discontinued, do not resume taking Contrave without your doctor’s approval.

–      Beginning of treatment

When you are first prescribed Contrave, there will be an adjustment period defined by your health care provider. You will start with smaller dose and gradually, over time, will increase the daily Contrave dosing. This will significantly help you adjust to the medication and to possible Contrave side effects. It is easier to follow the instructions by making a dosing chart.

How to take Contrave diet pill

Contrave is a serious medication that could cause various side effects, from light to the more severe ones. However, the way this medication is administered can help either prevent the Contrave side effects completely, or lessen their severity.

For this reason we have gathered the most important tips on how to start and continue the contrave treatment safely with the most benefits to your health.

–      Half in the morning, half in the evening

Depending on the prescription given by your doctor, you will have to take from 2 to 4 tablets of Contrave weight loss drug a day. It is best if you take half of your daily dose (1/2 tablets) in the morning and the other half in the evening.

–      Don’t take Contrave diet pill with a high-fat meal

Contrave may cause seizures in some people. That is why it is contraindicated to people who experience seizures. Moreover, if a patient experiences a seizure even once during the medication course, Contrave treatment must be discontinued immediately and never resumed again.

Researchers believe that taking the pill together with a meal high in fat may contribute to having seizure. So keep that in mind and plan your meals accordingly.

–      If you miss your dose

It is important that you develop a schedule together with your doctor or the health care provider on when to take the medication and that you follow this schedule and the indicated doses. However, if you happen to miss your dose for some reason, do not panic either. Wait until your next regular time to take Contrave pills comes and make sure to NOT take more than the regular dose. Do not take 2 doses at once.

–      Do not drink alcohol

Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol during your Contrave treatment. In case if you do drink quite a lot of alcohol on a regular basis, make sure to inform your doctor about it before you start the treatment. Your doctor should help you manage the alcohol consumption, as it is not recommended to stop suddenly. Going cold turkey on alcohol at once may increase your risks of experiencing seizures.

–      If you exceed your Contrave dosing

In case if you take too many Contrave pills, immediately contact your doctor or the closest emergency room. Do not hesitate and make sure to do that as quickly as possible in order to preserve your health.

To avoid taking too much Contrave, you can buy special pill boxes with marked doses. Or mark your chart/schedule when you take each dose.

–      Swallow Contrave pills whole

You must swallow your Contrave weight loss pills whole and at once. Do not cut them, do not chew the tablets, or crush them. If you think you cannot swallow the whole tablet, inform your doctor about it in advance.

–      If you need other medication

First of all, it is essential to remember that Contrave diet pills are only prescribed to help patients manage their weight loss/maintenance. If you happen to have other health conditions, even if they are obesity-related (such as hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol), Contrave medication will not treat any of them. Make sure your doctor knows about other health problems.

Furthermore, if you happen to need to take other narcotic medicine (such as pain-relief, medication to treat drug addiction, or medication used in surgeries), there is a chance that you will have to stop your Contrave treatment for that time. Moreover, the doses of the other narcotic medicines will probably need to be smaller than usual. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions provided by your doctor.

–      Storage details

Be sure to store the Contrave weight loss drug in a dry place, away from moisture. Avoid storing it at temperatures higher that the room temperature. Make sure to keep it away from the reach of children and do not let anyone take the medication without doctor’s approval.

–      Remember to take your dose

If you happen to be forgetful or get distracted easily, it is very useful to figure out a reminder-system to help you remember take the daily Contrave dose. There are a few options for you: you can ask your friend/family members to remind you; you can keep a chart in a place that you won’t miss; you can set the alarm to ring twice a day and remind you about the pills; or you can download an application to your mobile device or personal computer that will also remind you to take the medication.