Prescription Medications

Orlistat is the best available Prescription Medication to treat Obesity and help to quicken the weight loss process. Orlistat acts as a lipase inhibitor and prevents the absorption of fats in the human diet. By reducing the ability to absorb fat, Orlistat actively reduces your caloric intake, without a change in diet. Orlistat is available as the brand name Xenical, but also available over the counter as the brand name Alli.

While Orlistat can be effective on its own, it is most effective when used alongside an increased exercise program and a reduced-calorie diet. Clinical trials have shown that people who use Orlistat, alongside the lifestyle changes mentioned, can lose up to 50% more weight when using Orlistat. Orlistat is also modestly effective in reducing blood pressure and preventing the onset of type-2 diabetes.


Who shouldn’t take Orlistat?

You should not take Orlistat if you:

  • Have gallbladder problems
  • Have malabsorption syndrome
  • Are Pregnant

Please consult your doctor first about taking Orlistat if you have any of the following conditions:

  • An underactive thyroid
  • A history of gallstones or kidney stones
  • A history of pancreatitis
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • Eating disorder (Anorexia or Bulimia)
  • Or if you take any other weight loss medications

Side Effects

Common side effects of Orlistat are:

  • Oily spotting on underwear
  • Urgent bowel movements
  • Fatty or oily stools
  • Increase number of bowel movements
  • Inability to control bowel movements
  • Gas with discharge
  • Loose stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Rectal pain
  • Dark urine and clay-coloured stools
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Problems with your teeth or gums
  • Cold symptoms
  • Back pain
  • Skin rash