My doctor started me on a weight loss pill called Contrave. I am one of the lucky ones as my insurance will cover this with prior authorization. I have been on this medication a little over 5 weeks. I have been on the full dose for less than 2 weeks. The listed side effects were scary but if my doctor felt it was worth it, then I was willing to give it a try. I had a little dizziness at times but nothing really bad. Other than that I really didn't have any of the scary side effects although the constipation is a little annoying. I can not even begin to express how happy I am with this. I have battled food addiction my whole life. I was a chubby kids, a fat teenager, and a very large adult. I would try to diet and I could make it for about 2 weeks before I went completely crazy and binged on everything sweet I could get my hands on. I would eat an entire meal and stil put away a huge bowl of ice cream and continue to snack while watching tv. I didn't know what feeling full was because I could always eat. Contrave has almost completely fixed that for me. I don't have the cravings. I don't run to the store at 11pm for donuts and ice cream. I don't feel the need to stop at McDonald's every time I drive past. Those urges are all but gone. I get a little twinge every now and then where I think that ice cream sounds good, but in a few minutes that thought goes away and doesn't bother me any more. There is no more obsessing over food. I am so happy. In a little over 5 weeks I ave lost 20 lbs. I am eating smaller portions because I know when I am full! I actually have a full point now. I am also eating things that are so much better for me because I am not craving the garbage I ate before. This is a wonderful tool that has helped me tremendously. All of those judgemental people who think pills are bad and you should just be able to quit....I hope one day you know what it is like to truly have an addiction and be almost helpless to fix it. You slowly watch it ruin your life and you can do nothing but turn right back to the cause of your problems because it is the only thing that makes you feel good.
I am so happy with the progress I have made, and I really hope that in the future I will be able to slowly come off of the medication and maintain my new lifestyle.