pack of orlistat 120mg capsules

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Orlistat

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Orlistat tablets reduce the amount of dietary fat your body absorbs and help you lose weight. They need to be taken in combination with a low-fat, low-calorie diet.

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Orlistat - 1 month course £55
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About Orlistat

How the tablets work

What is Orlistat?

Orlistat is a medication used to aid weight loss. It is for use by adults aged 18 and over who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above. It can also be prescribed to patients with a BMI of over 28 if they have a weight related health problem. Orlistat should be taken in combination with a low-calorie, low-fat diet. 

If you have a BMI of 28 or above you will have an increased risk of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes and should have regular health check-ups with your doctor. 

How does Orlistat work?

Orlistat works by preventing around one third of all the fat in the meals you eat from being absorbed by your body. This fat will remain undigested and pass out of your body when you go to the toilet. If taken correctly, alongside a low-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise, you can expect to lose around 1kg (2lb) more for every 2kg (4lb) you would have lost from dieting alone while taking Orlistat capsules.

Taking Orlistat Tablets

Dosage

Always follow the directions for dosage given to you by your prescribing nurse, pharmacist or doctor when taking Orlistat. The usual recommended dose of Orlistat is one capsule, three times a day. Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.

Your Orlistat capsules should be taken immediately before, during, or up to one hour after each of your three main daily meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only take an Orlistat capsule with your meal if your meal contains fat, as Orlistat will only work when dietary fat is being consumed. 

Never exceed the recommended dose of three capsules per day. 

How is orlistat taken?

Swallow your orlistat capsules whole, with water. Orlistat should be taken in conjunction with a nutritional, low-calorie diet low in fat, a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. 

If you do not lose weight after 12 weeks of taking orlistat, contact your nurse or doctor for advice as you will need to stop taking it. 

What if I forget a capsule?

If you miss one of your orlistat capsules, or are unwell (vomiting or diarrhoea) immediately after taking it, follow these directions: 

if it has been less than one hour since your last main meal, take the missed capsule as soon as you remember
if it has been more than one hour since your last main meal, wait until your next main meal to take your next capsule. Do not take the missed capsule, and never double your dose

If you accidentally take more than three orlistat capsule per day, contact your doctor as soon as possible.  

Ingredients

The active ingredient in orlistat tablets is orlistat, at a strength of 120mg. 

Other ingredients include: crospovidone, povidone, mannitol (E421), sodium starch glycolate, sodium laurilsulfate, talc, Brilliant Blue (E133), erythrosine (E127), gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), shellac, black iron oxide (E172), propylene glycol, and potassium hydroxide. 

Side Effects

As with all medication, some people experience side effects with orlistat. Consult your doctor if you notice any serious side effects as a result of taking orlistat. 

Very common side effects (affecting more than 1 in 10):

  • Gassiness or wind, with or without oily spotting
  • Fatty, oily or soft stools
  • Suddenly needing the toilet

Common side effects (affecting up to 1 in 10): 

  • Runny or loose stools
  • Needing to use the toilet more frequently
  • Incontinence
  • Sore stomach
  • Anxiety

Most of these side effects are a completely safe and natural result of the way that orlistat works in your body, due to the changes in your digestion and the fat passing through your body. These side effects will typically occur within the first few weeks of taking orlistat, and should improve if you limit the amount of fat in your diet.