Just started on nalmefene - didn't realise I'd feel like this!!

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So the tablets arrived yesterday, brief look at the patient leaflet and tablet down the neck.

Within a couple of hours I felt sick, dizzy, spacey and ended up going to bed at about half 7 last night. Horrible night's sleep, can only decribe it like being sedated and agitated both at the same time!

So at 4 o'clock this morning I actually read the side effects info properly!! I'd had no idea I could feel this way. I still feel achey, nauseous and spacey this morning. Husband took one look at me and stayed around long enough to spare me getting the children to school!

So, do I carry on now I have started? Or would I be wise to hold off tablet 2, 3 etc, and perhaps wait until my husband is around more? I have stupidly picked a hectic time to start TSM. But then is any time ideal..? Not sure how to proceed.

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    The best way I know of to minimize the side effects is to take the tablet on top of a meal and follow it up with plenty of water through the evening. The side effects of Selincro seem to be more pronounced than with Naltrexone, but they lessen fairly quickly and pass in as little as a few days, though some may hang on for a couple of weeks. 
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    Hi, I am also on Nalmefene and the first thing is that at least you didnt drink last night (I am a half glass full kind of girl!).  Secondly perseveer it does get better after the first few tablets.  Follow the plenty of water and food advice and have a drink after the 2 hours even if you cant finish it/dont feel like it.  It has brought my consumption down by 60% in a little under 2 years.  I still dont really like taking a tablet as it does make me feel a bit "odd" for a couple hours, but they do work.  Good luck

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    I started on nalfamene and the first few tablets made me feel similar to what you describe. Those effects settled down but I found that it played havoc with my stomach. Nauseous and diarrhea. Switched to naltrexone and its much smoother. That's my experience.

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    sounds tough! Cannot give advice since I have never taken any medication. The others have given great advice for certain. Best of luck to you! Robin
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