Orlistat is a weight loss medication that can work with your diet to help you to meet your weight loss goals. If you have a BMI of 30 or over and are looking for something that will help make your healthy diet work a little harder, orlistat could be the product for you.
Common side effects of Orlistat (Xenical) can include:
- fatty or oily stools
- needing the toilet urgently
- passing stools frequently
- oily discharge from your rectum (you may have oily spots on your underwear)
- flatulence (wind)
- stomach pain
These side effects are much less likely to occur if you stick to a low-fat diet.
Women taking the oral contraceptive pill are advised to use an additional method of contraception, such as a condom if they experience severe diarrhoea while taking orlistat. This is because the contraceptive pill may not be absorbed by your body if you have diarrhoea, so it may not be effective.
If you have any side effects you are concerned about, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Orlistat should not be taken if you are
- Have a BMI less than 28
- Are under 18
Each hard capsule contains 120 mg orlistat.
Capsule content: Cellulose, microcrystalline PH 112 (E460), Sodium starch glycolate (type A), Silica, colloidal anhydrous, Sodium laurilsulfate
Capsule shell: Gelatin, Titanum dioxide (E171), Indigo carmine (E132)