Orlistat

£16.99£94.99

  • Healthy Weight Loss Aid
  • Generic version of Xenical (medically same but cheaper)
  • Prevents up to 1/3 of the fat you eat being digested
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Description

Achieving a healthy weight can be a struggle for many people despite exercising and having a well-balanced calorie-controlled diet. Orlistat are healthy weight loss pills that work by blocking one-third of the fat eaten from being digested. They are a prescription-only weight loss aid for adults with a BMI over 30 or those with a BMI over 28 accompanied by associated risk factors (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol). Just taking one Orlistat tablet with each of the three main meals per day could help you to lose up to 50% more bodyweight than with dieting alone.
Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way.
You can read the patient information leaflet for this medication online, at medicines.org.uk

FAQ

How Does Orlistat Work?
Orlistat works by binding to the enzymes in the body to prevent the absorption of fat. On average, Orlistat will work on around a quarter to one-third of the fat you eat. Instead of this fat being absorbed, it passes through your gut. For people with high-fat diets, this can result in oily stools.

Who can use Orlistat?
Orlistat is indicated in people with a BMI over 30, or in people who have a BMI over 28, with another weight-related condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

What is the difference between Orlistat and Xenical?
Orlistat is the generic version of the drug, Xenical. Medically, they are exactly the same drug and contain exactly the same strength (120mg of Orlistat).

What is the difference between Orlistat / Xenical and Alli?
Alli is an over the counter version of Xenical, which is half the strength of the prescribed version. Alli contains 60mg of Xenical, compared to 120mg in Xenical and generic prescription Orlistat.

What is the dosage and duration of treatment of Orlistat?
One Orlistat capsule is taken with each main meal (to a maximum of three capsules daily). You can take the capsule before, during or up to one hour after each meal.
If you miss a meal or the meal does not contain any fat, you may not need to take the orlistat capsule; check the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.
Treatment with Orlistat should only continue beyond three months if you have lost 5% of your body weight. It usually starts to affect how you digest fat within one to two days. If orlistat has not worked after three months, it is unlikely to be an effective treatment for you.
If you have type 2 diabetes, it can take longer to lose weight using Orlistat, so your target weight loss after three months may, therefore, be slightly lower.

If Orlistat is successful after three months, your prescription may be continued for up to a year. After that, your GP will review your condition and decide whether you should continue with Orlistat.

How effective is Orlistat?
Orlistat helps reduce fat absorption by 25-33%. In trials, patients on Orlistat are twice as likely to lose over 10% of their body weight over the course of a year, in comparison to someone using diet alone. It should be noted, when taking Xenical, diet and exercise are still key in achieving the best results.
You can read the patient information leaflet for this medication online, at medicines.org.uk

Side Effects

Side effects could include pain or discomfort in your stomach, and flatulence (wind) with an oily discharge. You may have a sudden need to open your bowels, and stools may be oily, liquid or fatty in texture. These side effects are more prevalent if you take Xenical following a fatty meal.
You can read the patient information leaflet for this medication online, at medicines.org.uk

Directions

Take 1 capsule with water 3 times a day immediately before, during, or up to an hour after each main meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Orlistat only works in the presence of dietary fat. If you miss a main meal or if you have a meal containing no fat, Orlistat does not need to be taken.
You can read the patient information leaflet for this medication online, at medicines.org.uk

Ingredients

Active Ingredient is Orlistat.
You can read the patient information leaflet for this medication online, at medicines.org.uk

Info Leaflet

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.8703.pdf