I have tried Duromine for the first time this past month - I weighed 115kg as New Years hit this year and managed to lose almost 4kg myself (didn't do too much with restricting my crazy portions at dinner time but did add 3 sessions a week of swimming laps for an hour) and that was until mid February so around 6 weeks. I then decided to try Duromine as someone I knew had tried it and lost 45kgs in 7 months (so about 6.5kg a month average) so off I went to the doctors and got my box of 30 pills and started.
The first few nights I couldn't sleep - I was falling asleep at around 2am and waking up at 4am then trying to get back to sleep and waking up at 5.30am until eventually I would give up as I had to get up around 6.30am any way for work - this lasted nearly a week and eventually I could sleep around 11pm and sleep right through to 6am.
First week I lost 3kg and 3cm off my waist.... second week I lost 1kg and 1cm off my waist... third week I gained 500g and no change in my waist... over the last 5 days I gained another 500g and 1cm on my waist!
Today would I would have been taking my 26th pill out of the 30 but I decided not to as Duromine turned into a NIGHTMARE the last couple of weeks and I thought if I waited it out I would be okay but then I couldn't ignore it anymore.
I was so excited the first couple of weeks to see I was losing weight - my hunger pangs didn't exist so I could finally cut down the portions at night time and not binge in front of the tv before going to bed (a bad habit I developed after a tragic time a few years ago that led to my massive weight gain). I walked every day and continued my swimming sessions but being able to stick to 1200 calories a day (1400 calories on the day I would swim) was really working wonders. I've tried to stick to this lower calorie plan before but would end up bingeing after a few days.
Duromine wasn't worth the results for me!
I had an incredible thirst all the time, my mouth was so so dry, my mind would be skitterish the first 10ish days especially around 4pm (I'd take the pill at around 6am every morning), I would have a little extra energy the first few hours and would feel motivated to do physical things but then I would burn out, I felt so incredibly hollow in my chest (I didn't have rapid heart beating or increased blood pressure but I can't describe it, just a hollow feeling in my chest).
Then after 10 days, it got worse...
I haven't been diagnosed as depressed before but I know I was down a lot after my Dad died and you really aren't supposed to take these pills if you have had any depressive states at all or if you are the kind of person that gets down about themselves easily (SO DO NOT TAKE THIS IF YOU ARE DEPRESSED ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT! YOU CANNOT TAKE THESE EVERRRR! FULL STOP! even if you haven't been "down" for 20 years! Doesn't matter - I say its a big no-no still!).
As I would "come down" off the pills in the afternoons I would start thinking about any and every bad thing that ever happened to me and then all the suicidal thoughts started, I would be driving home crying quietly to myself and imagining myself dying, all different ways of killing myself, thinking how I will never achieve my goals and that I'd be better off dead. I even started thinking up and reciting what I would write in my "goodbye letter" and what personal affairs I should tie up before I go and that I need to update my will.
I DO NOT think like this usually and became consciously aware of it and kept telling myself it was the Duromine and to just ignore it and keep taking the pills. So that's how I went and continued taking them... but then Duromine started taking a toll on me physically.
I started getting bad stomach nausea the last few days and it was constant (all day, all night, for 4 days straight) and I was always getting migraines since mid last week and then over the weekend I broke out all over the chin area on my face (I never have bad skin!) and then my cheeks were all red and blotchy like I was having an allergic reaction, then my scalp developed all these red patches and were itchy like hell and felt like they were red raw! So with the jittery-ness I have due to the Duromine I kept picking at everything and scratching my scalp constantly until I was bleeding, I was at the point were I was looking at the red patches on my scalp in front of the mirror and crying and telling myself to stop scratching but I didn't! I just watched myself in the mirror scratching my head like I was some speed addled junkie and watching it bleed!
I also started getting "phantom itches" all over my body the last few days - I would be sitting down and all of a sudden it was like invisible mosquitoes were attacking my all over my body, it felt like little bites, and I would scratch my legs, my thigh, then all of a sudden it was on my back and then my arms and then back to my legs. It was worse when I was in bed and trying to sleep! I kept starting at my body at one stage to see if I could "catch" one of these mysterious bugs that were getting me... but there was nothing!
Sunday my chin and scalp was still really bad and didn't see it getting any better after running out and buying some medicated shampoo and face wash etc and using it, it was all still burning and itching. I eventually managed to restrain myself from picking at everything and scratching like crazy by about 7-8pm last night.
I haven't taken a Duromine this morning and went about a well portioned porridge and fruit breakfast early this morning and still I haven't had any hunger pangs yet and hoping my body has gotten used to the smaller portions of eating and surviving off 1200 calories a day and around 1400 on swimming days.
Duromine was wearing off after the first fortnight anyway and even though I didn't eat extra or exercise less the last 2 weigh-ins I still gained weight and I noticed my hunger was slowly returning.
My itching has stopped though! I haven't felt any itchiness on my scalp today yet and I haven't had any phantom itches on my body.
My mind is already a little clearer and not so all over the place!
I am going to keep trying without Duromine. I will stick to the portion controlled eating lifestyle I've developed over the last few weeks (I always ate healthy food I just couldn't control my insatiable hunger at night time, it was overbearing to the point where I would breakdown if I held off too long) and continue my exercise plan and see what sort of results I get.
I only took Duromine to help control my hunger signals and mainly at night time so here's hoping after shrinking my stomach and getting my body used to living off 1200 caloties and with a little more determination after seeing results during Jan/Feb I will be able to stay on track.
If I didn't experience the horrible itching and skin/scalp problems I would still be taking it - all the other symptoms were bearable and I could get through it knowing I wouldn't have much longer to go. I wanted to do the full 90 day program too
But I couldn't get past the insane itching and after my face broke out (and not being one to ever have had bad skin before) I couldn't keep going. I felt so yuck!
People I work with have told me they have noticed me losing weight and had mentioned over the last couple of weeks that I've trimmed a lot off my face/neck area which was great but I know now they'll secretly be wanting to tell me "what the hell happened to your face?!" lol.
Has anyone else had Duromine and what was your experience like?