Orlistat is a medicine used to help people to lose excessive weight. It belongs to the class of medicines called lipase inhibitors: acting in the intestine, it decreases the absorption of fats and reduces calorie intake. In combination with a calorie diet under supervision of a healthcare practitioner Orlistat turns to be extremely effective. It also induces tumor cell death and prevents them from growing. The best result has been observed in patients who lost about 10% of their body weight with half a year of treatment.
Orlistat is available in capsules taken orally 3 times a day. The medicine is usually taken either with food or within about an hour of eating. In case when you miss a meal or have one that doesn’t contain fat you shouldn’t take Orlistat.
Multivitamin supplement is necessary for you as the medicine may also reduce the amount of vitamins you consume. Take them a couple of hours before or after you take Orlistat.
The average dosage:
Children: prescribed by the doctor.
Adults: 120 mg a day.
1 Tell your doctor if you’ve got any allergies.
2 Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant. Orlistat may reduce the amount of vitamins you are consuming with food.
3 Consult with the doctor if you would like to breastfeed during the treatment as the medicine passes into breast milk and may influence the health state of your baby.
4 Inform the doctor about the medications you are taking at the moment, especially:
Medicines for weight loss
Medicines for diabetes
Vitamins A, E, K
5 During the treatment you should keep to a diet and the amount of fat shouldn’t exceed 30% otherwise it may aggravate side effects.
6 You doctor should know about any specific conditions such as
7 You must be between 18 and 75 years of age to be prescribed this medicine.
8 The treatment may last up to 2 years or even more if you need to lose a lot of weight.
Side effects tend to appear during the first year of treatment. These are: steatorrhea, fever, increased flatulence, frequent bowel movements, cough, sneezing, clotted nose, oily bowel movements, mouth problems, hard breathing, dark urine, diarrhea, earache. Most of them do not require medical attention, but if they occur, consult with the doctor.
Take the missed dose when you remember if only an hour at most has passed since you’ve had your meal. Otherwise do not make up for a missed dose.
Signs of overdose are not known, but if it’s suspected, search for medical help immediately.
- Keep away from children
- Store at room temperature
- Keep away from heat, cold, direct light and moisture
- Dispose of an outdated medicine
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