Orlistat is a prescription only medication to help you lose weight. Orlistat works by preventing the absorption of fats in your diet by acting as a lipase inhibitor. By reducing the amount of fat absorbed through your diet, you will reduce your daily calorie intake. Orlistat is for those who are obese or overweight. Orlistat can be used by anyone overweight who also has additional risk factors that could lead to obesity, which include elevated lipids or diabetes.
Orlistat should be used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. Orlistat should only be used if a lower calorie diet, and an increase in physical activity has not helped you lose the desired amount of weight. Orlistat is not an alternative to a healthy diet or regular physical exercise, and must be used in conjunction with both.
Warning for Use
If you are known to be allergic or hypersensitive to any of the ingredients in Orlistat, please do not take Orlistat. Do not take Orlistat if you have chronic malabsorption syndrome, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or if you have cholestasis.
Orlistat can cause fatty or oily stools, which is a harmless side effect of the medication. This is caused by the fat that Orlistat is preventing from being absorbed from your diet. The higher the fat content in your diet, the higher the risk you will see this side effect from using Orlistat. Your fat intake should be evenly distributed between all your main meals to avoid any gastrointestinal side effects.
As Orlistat can have gastrointestinal effects, it can interfere with other medications that you may be taking. Please consult your doctor before starting Orlistat, if you take any other medication for other conditions. As you lose weight, the dosage of other medications may need to be altered, so please consult your doctor as your weight begins to fall.
It is recommended that females who use an oral contraceptive use an alternative contraception when using Orlistat as a treatment.