The new weight loss medication, Contrave ER (extended release), was finally approved by the Food and Drug Administration in September 2014. More than 7,000 prescriptions were issued during the first week of Contrave debut. Contrave diet pill is still one of the most promising medications to help patients fight obesity.
Contrave weight loss drug consists of two separate medications that exist on their own and are used to treat different health problems. Both drugs are also approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Their names are:
- Bupropion (under the brand name Wellbutrin)
Bupropion is used to treat depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), anxiety and other health conditions related to depression.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist and is used to treat various kinds of addictions, such as alcohol and drug addictions.
Just as many medications available on the market these days, Contrave weight loss drug can cause various side effects. Depending on the patient’s state of health and other factors, Contrave side effects may vary from the light ones to the more severe ones.
Some of the Contrave side effects are quite common and are more likely to appear in most of the patients at the beginning of the treatment. These adverse reactions, however, are usually very mild:
- Dry mouth
The intensity of these Contrave side effects can be diminished by starting with smaller doses and increasing the dose with time. This method will allow the body to better adjust to the medication.
Furthermore, doctors affirm that these first Contrave side effects are nothing to worry about. According to many Contrave reviews given by other patients, the symptoms listed above do not last for long. Moreover, very rarely do they really bother patients or interfere with the normal life.
Nevertheless, if some of the descried Contrave side effects cause much of the discomfort, are difficult to tolerate or do not go away even after the adjustment period, you should inform your doctor about it. The intensity, the duration and even the types of adverse reactions very much depend on the body’s individual features. In this case, you might want to discuss other medication options. At other times, they might be managed with the adjustment of the Contrave dosing.
As stated above, these Contrave side effects are usually mild and short-term. However, these are not all of the adverse reactions caused by the Contrave diet pills. According to the several randomized clinical trials on Contrave, some patients reported experiencing more severe side effects.
Bupropion Hydrochloride, being an antidepressant, causes some of the more serious side effects. As many antidepressants, Bupropion can make Contrave diet pill cause potentially dangerous adverse reactions, such as having suicidal thoughts and experiencing other depression-related symptoms.
Doctors state that starting the Contrave treatment if the patient is currently suffering from depression may lead to very serious health issues. Especially in the beginning of the Contrave course, patient may seriously harm his/her mental state. Therefore, it is crucial to report to your doctor as soon as possible, if you or your family/friends notice that one or more of these symptoms appear in you:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Being aggressive
- Panic attacks
- Excessive irritability
During the treatment with the Contrave weight loss drug, it is very important to note any changes in behavior. It can also be helpful to ask your family and friends to pay attention to your state as well, since they can notice something you don’t. If you notice any changes in your normal behavior (even the small ones), mood swings, changes in feelings and thought, make sure to inform your doctor. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call your doctor or contact the closest emergency room.
Furthermore, Bupropion in Contrave diet pill can increase the risks of having seizures. For this reason, Contrave is contraindicated to patients who are suffering from seizures or who have experienced seizures at least once in their lives before. If during the treatment with Contrave patient has a seizure, the treatment must be discontinued immediately and never resumed again.
According to the reports from Contrave clinical trials, it is known that contrave side effects are more likely to occur due to the high dose of the medication or the combination of other drugs with Contrave ER.
Doctors, therefore, state that the occurrence of seizures can be minimized by maintaining the right Contrave dosing. Do not take more than is indicated in the prescription, even if you missed the dose. Do not consume more than 360 mg of Bupropion a day.
Contrave diet pill can also cause allergic reactions in some people. If you know you have allergy to one of the Contrave ingredients, inform you doctor about it, because Contrave is contraindicated to you. If you happen to experience the following symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible, or go the closest emergency room:
- shortness of breath
- skin rash
- pain in the chest
Some of the other more severe Contrave side effects include the ones that are related to cardiovascular system:
- high blood pressure
- myocardial infarction
- increased heart rate
If you suffer from an uncontrolled high blood pressure, you will not be allowed to take Contrave weight loss drug.
One of the most common Contrave side effects, which was mostly reported by the male participants of the clinical trials, was excessive sweating. However, being a mild side effect it was fairly well tolerated. Moreover, the excessive sweating disappeared when the participants stopped taking the medication.
The other main ingredient of Contrave diet pill, Naltrexone, can also cause various side effects. One of the more severe ones is the effect it can cause to the liver. Naltrexone can increase the risk of damaging the liver and developing hepatitis.
To find whether the medication affects your liver function, look out for these symptoms:
- yellowing of the eyes
- darker than usual urine
- pain in lower abdomen
- chronic tiredness
In patients who also suffer from Type-2 diabetes, Contrave ER can cause the drop in blood sugar levels. That is potentially dangerous, as this could cause the more severe hypoglycemia. In order to avoid the consequences, make sure you discuss your condition with your doctor, so that he/she could adjust your anti-diabetic medication dosing. Also, make sure to measure the blood sugar regularly.
Other Contrave side effects include:
- blurred vision
- redness or swelling of the eyes
- pain in the eyes
Make sure you contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.