What is Orlistat? (Alli, Xenical brands)
Orlistat is a medication available in the form of capsules both over the counter as the branded product Alli, or as the higher dose form 120mg capsules available from your Doorstep Pharmacy pharmacist or doctor.
Who is Orlistat suitable for?
Anyone who is 18-65years of age, who has a BMI greater than 30, or a BMI greater than 28 if they have certain co-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, sleep apnoea or high cholesterol levels.
Who is Orlistat not suitable for?
Your weight loss pharmacist or doctor will discuss the treatment in particular to your circumstances, but in general it should not be used in pregnant or breastfeeding women, in people with liver or kidney problems and those taking any other anti-obesity drug and certain other medications or patients outside of the recommended age range.
How effective is Orlistat?
Clinical trials have shown that 60% of Orlistat treated patients demonstrated a loss of at least 5% or more after 12 weeks of treatment. Of these 62% went on to lose more than 10% of baseline body weight at one year.
How does Orlistat work?
Orlistat comes in the form of 60/120mg hard capsules that you take three times a day at mealtimes. The medicine binds to some of the fat in the diet and does not let it get absorbed. So if you are already eating a lower fat based diet, more of that will be eliminated and consequently your calories are reduced.
Negatives of Treatment
There are some quite common gastrointestinal side effects which are the negative aspects of treatment with these capsules.
- oily or fatty stools,
- oily spotting in your undergarments,
- gas or oily discharge,
- loose stools,
- urgent need to go to the bathroom,
- inability to control bowel movements,
- increased number of bowel movements,
- stomach pain,
- nausea, and
- rectal pain
- May need to take a fat soluble vitamin supplement
Contact [email protected] if you would like further advice on treatment with Orlistat as an option for your weight loss treatment
References 1.XENical in the prevention of diabetes in obese subjects (XENDOS) study: a randomized study of orlistat as an adjunct to lifestyle changes for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in obese patients. Diabetes Care. 2004; 27: 155-161
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