Orlistat is an effective drug used by people looking forward to lose weight. For it to be effective, it is supposed to be taken with the diet that is low in calories and fat. In addition, you need to ensure that you engage in an exercise program in order to get the best result. Prescription Orlistat is recommended for people with excess weight who may also have other health problems such as heart disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or diabetes. The medication is also taken after weight lose to prevent gaining back of weight. It works by preventing some of the fats contained in the food from getting absorbed in the intestines. The fat that is not absorbed is then removed from the body in the stool.
How to use the medicine
Orlistat comes in capsule form and is taken by mouth. You are required to take it three times in a day with each meal that has fat in its content. You should take it during a meal or one hour after you taken a meal. If your meal does not have fat or is missed, you can skip your dose. Just like many other medications, you are supposed to follow the instructions given on the label or by your doctor carefully. If there is something you do not understand about the medicine, you should contact your doctor for more advice.
You can also use this medication for other uses, but you need to consult with your doctor before you take it for any other purpose.
Precautions to take
Before you take the medication, you are required to inform you doctor if you suffer from allergic reaction to Orlistat and other medications. In addition, you should also inform your doctor if you are taking vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal products and any other form of non prescriptive drug. You should also inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have had any organ transplant. In this case, your doctor might advise you not to take it. If you have an eating disorder, kidney stones, diabetes or thyroid disease you should inform your doctor too in order to get the right advice. Orlistat should also not be taken when you are pregnant or you are breast feeding.
What to do if you miss a dose
If you miss a dose, you need to take it immediately when you remember. However, if it is past one hour since you took your main meal, you should not take it. Then you should continue with normal dosage from there. You should never take a double dose as a way of compensating a missed dose.
Just like many other medications, Orlistat may have side effects that include change in bowel movement especially in the first weeks of taking it. Some other side effects include anxiety, headache, stomach pain, fatty stool, discomfort in the rectum and others. When you recognize any of these side effects, you should consult your doctor to avoid more complications.