How to get rid of Contrave-induced nausea? 

How to get rid of Contrave-induced nausea? 

There are a few things that can help you get rid of Contrave-induced nausea. These include:

  • Take Contrave with food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • OTC medications
  • Use natural aids for nausea

Take Contrave with food

Take Contrave with food if it causes nausea. This side effect is quite common in people who are new to this medication. Nausea on Contrave, when you take it on an empty stomach, is usually much more intense. 

Food acts as a barrier and protects your stomach from direct exposure to Contrave or any other medication. 

Drink plenty of water

It’s usually recommended to drink plenty of water with Contrave because it causes other side effects like constipation. However, staying dehydrated may hit you with intense nausea and a general feeling of sickness. This is why it’s best to stay hydrated. 

OTC medications

There are plenty of OTC and prescription medications to control nausea and vomiting. If your doctor has already prescribed one to take, just take it according to your doctor’s instructions. 

If your doctor hasn’t, you can take OTC meds like Pepto-Bismol to control your nausea. However, it’s best to not take these meds with Contrave and have some time gap in between. 

Use natural aids for nausea

There are plenty of natural ingredients which are quite effective in controlling nausea, like peppermint, lemon, ginger, fennel, cardamom, etc. 

The best way to consume them is to make tea and drink it lukewarm. You can take it after an hour of your meals if eating triggers your nausea. 

What to do if Contrave-induced nausea does not go away? 

If Contrave-induced nausea does not go away, talk to your healthcare provider. These side effects are usually expected to go away within a few weeks, but they can stay for much longer. 

Your doctor may try dose reduction to help your body adjust to the medication. If that works for you, your doctor will keep you at a low dose for some time and will gradually increase it. 

However, if Contrave continues to cause nausea or other side effects, it might not be the right choice of medication for you. Make sure you don’t stop using Contrave abruptly. If you’re concerned about any of the side effects, just consult your doctor. 

Was this helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!



MedlinePlus. Naltrexone and Bupropion. [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): U.S. National Library of Medicine; updated 2021 Oct 15 [cited 2023 Feb 17]. Available from: