Orlistat, also known by the brand Xenical, is a medicine used for weight loss. It is designed to prevent the breakdown of triglycerides in the intestine. When this happens, the body cannot absorb free fatty acids from our diet, and in turn, are excreted from the body. It is a medication that should be taken three times a day, before each meal. The most common dosage is one capsule to be taken three times a day before each meal.
- Taken at each mealtime
- Treatment to aid weight loss
- Cheaper version of Xenical
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Orlistat, sold under the brand name Xenical, is a medication that is used to remove fat from the body; it does not suppress your appetite. It blocks fats from being broken down in the body so that it cannot be absorbed, and is passed through your system. It is still essential to maintain a low-calorie diet and proper exercise when using Orlistat. Orlistat 120mg tablets are available in different quantities.
If I take Orlistat, does it allow me to eat anything I like?
If you do not diet when taking Orlistat and eat high fat, high-calorie meals, the likeliness is that you will not lose weight, and it also increases the chance of unpleasant side effects occurring.
How do I take Orlistat?
In adults and children 18 years and over, the dose of Orlistat is one capsule up to three daily, with or up to one hour after fat-containing meals.
How much weight loss should I expect when taking Orlistat?
The amount of weight you lose whilst taking Orlistat varies depending on several factors, including the number of calories you consume, your exercise levels, your metabolism, your current state of health and your starting weight.
Am I guaranteed to lose weight when taking Orlistat?
Although Orlistat helps many people lose weight successfully, there are no guarantees that you will lose weight whilst taking it.
Can I use other weight loss treatments with Orlistat?
We do not advise using other weight loss treatments or tablets, but you should follow a strict regime of diet and exercise whilst taking Orlistat capsules to get the best results. You may also consider taking a multivitamin supplement at bedtime to ensure you are still getting all the essential vitamins and minerals required by your body.
Should I take Orlistat with food?
You should take Orlistat capsules with a fat-containing meal, or up to one hour afterwards. If your meal contains no fat or is a small snack, there is no need to take an Orlistat capsule.
Can I take Orlistat and drink alcohol?
Orlistat doesn’t interact with alcohol, so it is safe to drink alcohol with this medication.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking orlistat.
Side effects may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Oily rectal discharge
- Increased number of bowel movements
- Liquid, oily, or fatty stools
- Increased wind
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.