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is a weight-loss aid which interferes with fat absorption during
digestion. It may also be used to help maintain lost weight.
Treatment may last several weeks to several months or more, and is
generally used in conjunction with improved dietary
Long-Term Weight Loss
Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor, which means it inhibits digestion
of fats; fats are eliminated as waste instead. This further
enhances efforts to restrict fats in the diet, ultimately resulting
in weight loss, though effects are modest without further attention
to calories and carbohydrate intake.
The medication comes in either 60 mg strength, which blocks around
25% of fat absorption, or 120 mg strength, which blocks about 30%
of fat absorption. Multiple studies indicate there is no further
benefit to be had by taking doses higher that 120 mg 3 times
To use, one tablet is taken with, or within 1 hour of, eating a
meal which contains fat, up to 3 times daily. The medication
provides no benefit if taken during a meal that does not contain
fat, and may be skipped at such times.
If a dose is accidentally skipped, it should be taken as soon as
remembered up to 1 hour after eating. If it has been longer than 1
hour, skip it entirely and return to normal use with the next meal.
There is no benefit in taking a double dose.
While Taking Orlistat
There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure maximum
effectiveness and minimal side effects while taking this
with most weight loss medications, effects are improved if
improvements to diet are also made. Severely overweight individuals
should seek advice from a doctor or nutritionist before making
radical dietary changes, as rapid weight loss can be just as
hazardous as being overweight.
Common Side Effects
Side effects from this medication are rarely serious, and only
warrant medical attention if persistent or severe:
- Orlistat, especially if used long-term, may interfere with the
absorption of certain nutrients and vitamins as well as fat; namely
A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene. A multivitamin supplement, taken at
least 2 hours before or after orlistat, will help maintain a
- Similarly this medication may interfere with vitamin absorption
in unborn or nursing babies, and as such should not be used by
pregnant or nursing mothers, or by women actively trying to become
pregnant. A contraceptive should be used for duration of
- The most common side effect with this medication is oily
spotting on clothes, resulting from increased gas and difficulty
controlling bowels. This effect is considerably diminished if meals
are kept to under 30% fat, and the fat consumed in a day is spread
evenly among the three primary meals.
- Taking other medications or supplements along with this
treatment is unlikely to cause serious side effects, but orlistat
may inhibit absorption of some medications, interfering with
effectiveness. Taking other medications at least 4 hours before or
after orlistat will ensure they are absorbed properly.
with certain pre-existing conditions should use this treatment with
caution and only under doctor's supervision:
- Stomach upset
- oily stools
- Oily spotting
- Frequent bowel movements
- Difficulty controlling bowels
- Light colored stools
- Changes in menstruation
loss with this medication, or any rapid weight loss, may cause
gallbladder stones. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain which
may radiate to the back between the shoulder blades. This pain may
last up to 6 hours. If this occurs, stop using orlistat and seek
advice from a doctor.
- Kidney or gallbladder issues
- Underactive thyroid issues
- Eating disorders
- Difficulty absorbing vitamins
84 Capsules - $105.64
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.
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2014-08-07 15:55:19 EST
Off of the shelves in the US midwest, glad to have it available in the mail! We appreciate your years of good service.
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