Orlistat is a drug that aids in combatting obesity. This medication is marketed under trade names Alli and Xenical.
How It Works
The main constituent of body fat is known as Triglycerides. Orlistat works by blocking an enzyme called pancreatic lipases which is responsible for breaking down body fat in the intestine. With the inhibition of lipases, Triglycerides are not converted to fatty acids that can be absorbed by your body. This fat passes out from your body unchanged through feces. Orlistat can prevent the absorption of about 30% of dietary fat. However, it does not prevent calories from being absorbed into the body with the intake of sugar and non-fat foods.
Orlistat is used for weight loss as well to stop regaining weight. This medication works best along with regular exercise and the intake of low-calorie foods. Orlistat can help to keep off health problems that arise due to obesity.
Follow the exact instructions of your doctor when taking Orlistat.
Orlistat is taken 3 times a day along with meals. It can be taken right before meals or an hour after having your meal. Do not take Orlistat if you have not eaten, planning to skip a meal or had a meal without fat in it.
The usual dose with each meal for adults and children above 12 years of age is 120 mg.
For this medication to work, each meal you have should not contain over 30% fat. Your meals should have a balanced quantity of fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Make sure to have food rich in essential vitamins to help this medication be absorbed in to your body better.
Any supplements taken around the same time should be taken 2 hours before or after Orlistat is taken.
If you follow the dosage and other requirements correctly and consistently, you should be able to see signs of weight loss in 2 about weeks.
The most common side effects of Orlistat are:
Loss of appetite
Cough or Cold
Loose bowel movements
Increased bowel movement
Poor bowel control
Oily bowel movement
Allergic reactions to this drug may cause skin rashes and swelling
Orlistat should not be taken during pregnancy even if you are obese. It may pose a threat to the health of your unborn baby.
If this medication is prescribed to you, be sure to tell your doctor if you have faced any of the medical problems listed below.
Eating disorders such as anorexia
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medication, especially weight loss pills before taking Orlistat.
Avoid having meals with a high content of fat. It is possible for Orlistat to react with fats and cause hazardous side effects.
It is unwise to purchase Orlistat on the internet or over the counter without a doctor’s prescription. Be mindful about counterfeit products that could contain harmful ingredients such as sibutramine which is known to cause severe side effects in some people.