Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Orlistat exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more than instructed by your doctor.
Orlistat should be taken with a meal -- it can be taken just before, during or up to one hour after a main meal. If you have missed a meal, or if you had a light meal that is almost fat-free, do not take that particular dose of Orlistat.
Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water.
You may need to take Orlistat for some time before the full benefits can be felt.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you suffer from heart, thyroid, liver or kidney disease, kidney stones or diabetes. Alert your doctor if you ever had problems with your pancreas.
Orlistat may reduce the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K from your food. Your doctor may give you multivitamin supplements to prevent a lack of these vitamins in your body. These vitamin supplements should be taken two hours before or two hours after your dose of Orlistat.
What lifestyle changes should I make to lose weight and maintain my ideal weight?
A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are keys to helping you maintain your ideal weight. You should avoid relying only on medication to maintain your ideal weight. Try to control the type and amount of food you eat at each meal. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you have not been exercising, start slow and gradually step up your exercise capacity. You will find that keeping to a regular exercise regimen is enjoyable and helps keep your weight off. If stress causes you to reach out for snacks too often, replace unhealthy snacks with healthier choices and learn to manage your stress levels. Alcohol also commonly causes weight gain. Try to avoid alcohol or set a limit on how much you drink.
Do not share this medicine with anyone else, even if they are overweight. Orlistat may not be suitable for everyone.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions as Orlistat may not be suitable for you:
- gall bladder disease such as gall stones
- intestinal problems that affect the absorption of food
- eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
- if you ever had an organ transplant
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Orlistat.
Orlistat is not meant for children younger than 18 years old.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
It is important for you to maintain a healthy, low-fat and balanced diet. To maximise benefits from Orlistat, avoid snacking on fatty food in between meals.
Why do I need this medicine?
Orlistat is used to treat obesity in people with a body mass index (BMI) more than 30.
It can also be used to treat obesity in people with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol and a BMI more than 27.
Orlistat works by preventing your body from absorbing the fat in the food you eat. Fat that is not absorbed is passed out from your body in the stools.
Orlistat is meant to be taken as part of a complete weight management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes.
What side effects could I experience?
Since Orlistat prevents the absorption of fats, your stools will be oily and you may pass wind with oily discharge or spotting. You may also feel an urgent need to move your bowels, especially just after a high fat meal. These side effects can usually be reduced by taking meals that are low in fats.
Other common side effects of Orlistat include stomach discomfort, headache, back pain, menstrual irregularities, tiredness and flu-like symptoms.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- diabetes medicines especially acarbose
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- cholesterol medicines such as pravastatin
- cyclosporin (transplant medicine)
- amiodarone (heart medicine)
- other weight loss products
Orlistat reduces the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use extra birth control methods if you are taking Orlistat.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.