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.
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.