First experiences of Selincro - sharing to find others experience too

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First week using Selincro.

Hi All,  wanted to update with my experience so far.  Im not sure if its me, the selincro, the effect, the side effects or a combination of it all but i feel like my mind is being blown. Some of it in a good way. Most of it infact but its fast paced and a bit unnerving.  I had not drunk for five days before using sel. for the first time last friday.  from the advise on this site i took it early afternoon instead of an hour before and went on my merry way.  it actually didnt stop me drinking any more than i usually would but something was very different.  The next day i felt like hell.  a mixture of hangover and side effects i suppose BUT  whereas normally i get myself into a cycle of drinking every day even with a horrible hangover.  im always just holding out till later or savouring the night befores drinking memory and holding out until i can feel like it again.  I guess thats the reward aspect/craving which i had never realised what it was.  I had no desire to drink at all again the following day despite giving myself full permission to do so.  i tested myself to almost making myself have a drink but i just didnt want to and didnt drink again all weekend which is most unusual.  it usually takes me days or weeks to break the cycle again.  usually because i feel so ill i cant function.  So on Tuesday i planned to drink on a casual basis. my friend and i were planning an evening in the garden chatting and kids playing on swingball. not a big night obvs with kids but a few glasses. i had forgotten to take tablets to work so knew i would get home have to take one and wait and hour. which i did.  my favourite chenin blanc did not go down well.  i didnt like the taste and i didnt like what it did.  i forced it though but it was so strange because 1.  i didnt drink anything like the normal amount - a bit less than a bottle over 3 hours instead of my normal two bottles in two hours ish.  2.  i knew i was a bit drunk and could almost observe that but didnt like it at all.  Yesterday i felt like hell.  had someside effects from the Sel. stretching like a cat, nausea which passed and general feeling of being spaced but some of that may have been hangover?  The hangover itself again differed.  its like making yourself ill for no reason - no reward??  usually a hangover is crap but ok until the next one but this felt like whats the point in this?  making myself feel deliberately ill for nothing.  the point is and sorry for the long post but i m utterly perplexed as this feels massive to me - i dont want to drink.  i dont like it. i dont like the taste, i dont like how it makes me feel, there is no fun in it and just to make myself feel more crap the next day.  This is only after two tablets over 5 days!!!  Is this what happens?  Is this normal?  Im going out to eat with a friend this evening who's a big drinker and we have drunk a lot together.  I dont want to drink.  Im not going to drink.  I have no desire to drink whatsoever!!!   As a last shot I wouldnt ever take a tablet that late in the day again def take earlier/lunch time/early afternoon.  Would love to hear what you think of my experience and if this is normal and how it compares to others.

Thanks

Tina x

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    Hi, I initially had some of the experiences you had. It's funny you mention the stretching like a cat thing as that's one of the weird side effects I still have!

    One thing I noticed initially is that a bottle of wine began to feel like a bottle once again as opposed to feeling like a couple of glasses. I think this is to do with me drinking more slowly even if I didn't notice I was.

    The problem for me is I'm now in week 5 and I feel like I'm back to square one. I'm back on up to two bottles of wine a night. I'm drinking every day.

    Has anyone else felt like this after a few weeks and if so did the Selincro start to feel like it was working again?

    Glad it's working for you TLB and hope it continues.

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      Thanks you for your support and sharing odishon.  I had pill number three last night. I dont like it but i dont like being a drunk either so I shall pesevere!  I hope you are moving forward. I think it takes about three months doesnt it to be fully effective.  Good Luck :-) T.
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      Hi,

      Yes it does take three months or more. I think I've possibly been taking the pill too close to the start of drinking. Am going to start taking it around two hours before from now.

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    Hello Tina,  I found your experience very interesting. I started on the drug on Sunday. I took the first tablet at 4pm.   Within two hours I felt heaviness in my chest ( but now think this is muscle spasm not heart related ) nausia, a taste of blood in my mouth, stomach cramps later.  As I felt ill I didn't fancy a drink at all. Time came for bed but I couldn't settle. I had restless toes ( as I call them ) . I spent the night downstairs on the sofa getting what sleep I could. The stomach cramps were worse and vists to the toilet a must !!!!!

    The next day I just felt , out of sorts, low mood  feeling soory for myself. Cramps continues but settled as the day went on.  

    The effects of the second tablet were the same but less traumatic. The next day less again and still no feeling that I wanted to drink. Even though my wife was having a wine.  Last night I felt like I maybe could have had a drink but I was so pleased that if I didn't this was the first time for many many years I had gone so long without a drink.

     Tonight is possibly a tester as I am considering having a drink. At this moment in time I don't want a one so it will be interesting to see what I do and how it goes. 

    At the moment I am over the moon , ( despite the side effects which I understand will subside  ) at the dramatic change this has made in such a short period of time.

     I hope to update on this over the next few days.

    ray

     

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      Hello Ray.  Thank you for sharing. I did take pill number 3 last night and whilst i dont like the 'head' side effects of the pill the benefits out weight.  if the side effects dissappear then brilliant.  I had much less physcial side effects this time.  Im having a few AF days (couldnt have said that a 2 weeks ago) and will carry on.  

      I hope all is going well for you and keep sharing your experience.  It certainly helps me. :-) T.

       

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    You seem to have posted this twice. I just answered on the other one, but pasting my message here too:

    TLB, you need to take the drug about 7 times (if you took it daily, it takes about a week) before the side effects are gone. Some people find that they are gone aftet just two or three times.

    You mention taking a pill 1 hour before a drink. The recommended time is 90 minutes to 2 hours. It may be working ok for you but people differ. I am saying this for the benefit of other people...The danger is that, if you only allow one hour and your body hasn't had time for the Nalmefene (Selincro) to take effect, the first drink or two will slip through while you are still unprotected and that would mean that you could find the Nalmefene less effective and your drinking will reduce more slowly than it would if the drug had had adequate time to work.

    Stick with taking it TLB (IF you are going to be drinking.) The side effects will subside until you get none at all.

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      Hi Paul, thank you.  I realise now my error.  Despite my protestations i did take another yesterday afternoon.  I really do dislike the space cadet dizzy, giddy, silly effect of taking the pill but it seemed to wear off after a couple of hours. I took it at 3 this time.  This time I managed half a bottle over nearly two hours and that was a struggle.  Less side effects this time.  no upset stomach, much less stretching.  just a bit spaced.  Its not easy because its not pleasant but then neither is being hammered every night either. I can see the benefits so will pesevere.  Thanks again.

      Tina

       

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    Hi all, yesterday was my 5th tablet. No drinking all week as i previously said but intended to try one last night. I just felt unwell though and went to bed for an hour instead. The main issue for me is discomfort in my chest that is probably caused by the spasms increasing a oesophogeal hiatus hernia issue. Plus other unpleasant symptoms. I am having two nights off the drug from today.that will be interesting.
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      Personally I would plough on with taking the pill every night as the side effects will reduce every day and then disappear completely. If you have days off it now then you may just prolong the side effects.

      Only my opinion from my experience!

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