Orlistat

Orlistat is a weight-loss medication prescribed to those who are overweight or obese. Orlistat prevents at least one-third of the fat in your food from being absorbed by your body. Orlistat can help you lose weight and normalize your BMI.
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Orlistat

Orlistat is a weight-loss medication prescribed to those who are overweight or obese. Orlistat prevents at least one-third of the fat in your food from being absorbed by your body. Orlistat can help you lose weight and normalize your BMI.


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Orlistat is a medication designed to help people lose weight. Research has shown that Orlistat helps people lose weight faster than if they were dieting alone. A regular dose of Orlistat combined with a low-calorie, low-fat diet can help you lose weight and lower your BMI. This weight loss drug is intended only for adults above eighteen years of age.

Orlistat is an effective weight-loss medication used for helping overweight or obese people lose weight. Combined with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and exercise regime, Orlistat can help people lose weight more quickly than dieting alone. Orlistat is a prescription medication used to help overweight people suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or heart disease.

Orlistat is also helpful to stop people from gaining weight again after their weight loss.

Orlistat tablets are lipase inhibitor medication. Lipase inhibitors stop the absorption of fat from your food in your intestines. This allows about one-third of the fat in your food to leave your body unabsorbed in the stool. Orlistat helps you in losing weight by ensuring that you consume fewer calories than you burn.

The most important use of Orlistat is to help improve weight loss in overweight people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease.

Orlistat is a prescription medication designed to help improve weight loss in overweight people. This is especially useful for people suffering from lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart diseases and diabetes.

Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor medication that blocks the absorption of fats in your body. In other words, when we take an Orlistat capsule before eating food, the fats in our food are separated and passed through our digestive system unused. Your body will still absorb the carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients from your food as usual. But Orlistat prevents your body from absorbing extra calories from the fat in your food. This helps in weight loss.

Orlistat is a prescription medication, and your doctor will tell you the best way to use this medication for weight lossTypically, Orlistat produces the best results when combined with a personalized exercise regimen, low-calorie diet and active lifestyle. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to understand the best way to use Orlistat for you. It is also good to read the patient information leaflet given in the pack. Here are some of the general instructions for using Orlistat.

  1. Orlistat is available in the form of 120mg capsules or tablets.

  1. Take one Orlistat 120mg tablet up to one hour after every meal.

  1. If you skip a meal or you have a meal with zero-fat, you can skip a dose.

  1. Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water.

Orlistat is a prescription medicine that should be taken as per the dosage prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Orlistat is available in strengths of 60mg and 120mg. Usually, the dosage of Orlistat is one capsule of 120mg taken one hour after every meal. If you eat three meals in a day, then three capsules of Orlistat 120mg should be taken.

A regular dosage of Orlistat should be combined with exercise and a low-calorie diet for the best results.

Orlistat is an effective weight-loss medication prescribed to overweight people and people with high BMIs. It is safe for use by people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart diseases. Here are some good to know facts about Orlistat.

  • It is essential to follow a low-calorie diet when you are taking Orlistat. If you take Orlistat with a meal that is high in fat content, you may experience side effects such as wind, sudden bowel movements, and soft or fatty stool.

  • As Orlistat blocks the absorption of fat in the body, it may also deprive your body of fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Ask your doctor for a multi-vitamin pill alongside Orlistat for better nutrition.

  • If you experience rectal bleeding while taking Orlistat, consult your doctor soon.

  • Orlistat may also cause diarrhoea. If you are taking oral contraceptive pills, their effect may be reduced due to diarrhoea from Orlistat. Use additional contraception such as condoms to prevent pregnancy.

  • After you stop taking Orlistat, it is essential to follow a healthy, balanced diet and continue regular exercise to ensure that the weight you have lost does not come back.

Orlistat works best when combined with a personalized diet and exercise regimen. Follow these special dietary instructions or take tips from your dietician to understand how to get the most out of your treatment.

  1. Evenly divide the amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins you consume in your meals.

  1. Avoid foods that have more than 30% fats. This includes all kinds of high-fat, oily foods, fried foods, and desserts.

  1. Read the labels of the foods you buy. This will help you understand the composition of the nutrients in the food you eat.

  1. When eating meat, follow the tips given below:

    Choose lean cuts and do not eat the skin from poultry.

    Stick to white meats such as chicken and seafood.

    Eat only two or three ounces of meat in one meal (about the size of a deck of cards)

    Increase your intake of grains, fruits and vegetables.

    Instead of whole milk products, use non-fat dairy items and 1% milk.

    Change from butter to low-fat spreads.

    Use vegetable oil spray when cooking instead of regular oil.

    Instead of frying, choose to bake or microwave your food.

    Cut back on portion sizes of pre-packaged, processed, baked and fast foods

    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about multi-vitamin pills to accompany Orlistat. Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K are consumed less when taking Orlistat.

Orlistat is an effective medication for weight loss. However, it may not be suitable in all cases. Discuss your medical condition, history, and ongoing treatments with your doctor to ensure that you can take Orlistat safely. Here are some conditions wherein Orlistat should not be taken.

  • If you are allergic to Orlistat or any of the ingredients in this medication.

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.

  • Children and adolescents (under 18 years of age)

  • People with malabsorption syndrome wherein nutrients from their food are not appropriately absorbed into their body.

  • People who are suffering from cholestasis. In this condition, the bile does not flow effortlessly from the liver to the duodenum.

  • If you are taking any medicines that may interact with Orlistat to reduce its effectiveness and vice versa.

Orlistat may interact with other medications that you are taking alongside to reduce their effectiveness and vice versa. Discuss your medications with your doctor to ensure that they can be taken safely with Orlistat. Here are some medications are known to interact with Orlistat.

  1. Blood-thinning medications such as warfarin may not be effective when taking Orlistat. This is because warfarin depends on the fat-soluble Vitamin K's presence to be absorbed in the body. Orlistat may reduce the presence of Vitamin K in your body.

  1. Cyclosporine is also known to interact with Orlistat. Take cyclosporine either two hours before your dose of Orlistat or after. Monitor your blood pressure often when taking these two medicines together.

  1. Levothyroxine combined with Orlistat may cause hypothyroidism. Take these medications four hours apart from each other when taking them together.

Just as with all other medications, some side effects are observed with Orlistat. Every medication affects each person differently, and it must not be assumed that every person taking Orlistat will experience the side effects mentioned below. Here is a look at the common side effects associated with Orlistat.

  • Irregular menstruation

  • Loose stools

  • Oily stools

  • Oily spotting on the underwear

  • Increased bowel movement / urgent bowel movement

  • Decreased control on bowel movement

  • Pain or discomfort in the rectum

  • Headache

  • Anxiety

  • Stomach-ache

  • Wind / Gas

Some of the rare side effects associated with Orlistat are.

  • Itchy skin/rash/hives

  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes

  • Difficulty in breathing or swallowing

  • Severe stomach-ache

  • Loss of appetite

  • Tiredness / Fatigue / Weakness

  • Nausea / Vomiting

  • Dark coloured urine

  • Light coloured stools

When you begin taking Orlistatyou may begin to see visible results within the first three weeks. If you lose 5% of your weight in the first three months and continue to lose weight over six months, your doctor may recommend using Orlistat for one to two years or even longer.

Store Orlistat in a cool, dry place away from direct sources of light. Keep all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

 

Orlistat 

Xenical 

Alli 

Prescription 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Brand Name 

Generic 

Branded 

Branded 

Strength 

120mg 

120mg 

60mg 

Works By 

Preventing absorption of 1/3rd  fat content in the food we eat 

Preventing absorption of 1/3rd  fat content in the food we eat 

Preventing absorption of 1/4th  fat content in the food we eat 

Pricing 

Moderate 

High 

Low 

Dosage 

One 120mg Capsule – Three times a day 

One 120mg Capsule – Three times a day 

One 60mg Capsule – Three times a day

 

Is Orlistat Safe to Take If I'm Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
The effects of Orlistat in pregnant and breastfeeding women is yet unknown. Therefore, always inform your doctor if you are pregnant, are planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding before taking Orlistat. It is not recommended to use Orlistat during pregnancy.

If I Take Orlistat, Does it allow me to Eat Anything I Like?
No. Orlistat works best only when coupled with a balanced diet and regular exercise regimen. If you are taking Orlistat, discuss your dietary instructions with your doctor to understand what you are allowed to eat and what you cannot eat.

Is Orlistat an Appetite Suppressant?
Orlistat is not an appetite suppressant medication. It is a lipase inhibitor medicine that does not influence your hunger hormones or food cravings throughout the day.

How Much Weight loss Should I Expect When Taking Orlistat?
When taking Orlistat with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should expect to lose about 5% of your body weight in the first three months.

Am I Guaranteed to Lose Weight When Taking Orlistat?
The amount of weight loss experienced by people taking Orlistat varies according to the dieting and exercising combined with regular doses of Orlistat. Usually, people taking Orlistat see dramatic weight loss within three to four months, but it differs from person to person.

Can I Use Other Weight loss Treatments with Orlistat?
If you are using Orlistat, it is not recommended that you use other weight loss treatments alongside this medication.

Are There Any Other Alternatives to Orlistat?
Other weight loss medications include Xenical and Alli. You can use them instead of Orlistat.

Why Can I Only Buy Three Months of Orlistat Online at One Time?
You can only buy three months of Orlistat because if you don't experience any weight loss even after using Orlistat for three months with a balanced diet – then your doctor may recommend a different treatment.

Should I Take Orlistat With Food?
Orlistat should be taken one hour after eating your meals. If you have skipped your meal, then you may skip your dose of Orlistat as well.

Are Orlistat capsules also Available as Tablets?
No. This medication is only available as capsules.

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