It blocks some of the fat that you take, keeping it from being absorbed by your body. Orlistat is used to help in weight loss or aid moderate the risk of regaining the already lost weight. This medication must be used together with a reduced-calorie diet. Orlistat should be used only by adults. It is dangerous to purchase Orlistat from vendors outside Australia or online. Medications distributed from Internet sales are safe and may be distributed by licensed pharmacy with the knowledge of Food and Drug Administration.
It is advisable not to take Orlistat if you are pregnant as weight loss isn’t recommended during the period even if you are obese or overweight.
You are not supposed to take Orlistat if chronic malabsorption syndrome (inability of the body to take in nutrients from food properly) and gallbladder problems.
Before using Orlistat, inform your doctor whether you’ve an underactive thyroid, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, liver disease, a history of gallstones or pancreatitis, if you take other weight loss medications or an eating disorder.
Do not give the over-the-counter brand (alli) to a child younger than 18 years of age. Prescription Orlistat (xenical) should not be used by anyone age 12-18 without the doctor’s advice. It should be used only by the patient it was recommended for or prescribed and should not be shared with another person. Keep the medication out of the rich of others.
Orlistat is only part of a complete program of medication that includes exercise, diet, and weight control. There should be an even division of your daily intake of protein, carbohydrates and fat over all your meals. Make a follow-up of your medication, exercise and diet routines keenly.
You should shun diet that is high in fat. When taken in combination with Orlistat, It can increase your risk of nasty side effects on your intestines or stomach.
How should you take Orlistat?
Take Orlistat as prescribed by your doctor or exactly as directed on the label. Do not use in smaller or larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
This medication comes with patient instructions for effective and safe use. You should carefully follow these instructions and feel free to ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions.
Orlistat is commonly taken 3 times per day with every main meal that has some fat (no more than 30% of the calories of that meal). You can take the medicine either up to one hour after eating or with your meal.
If you eat a meal that doesn’t contain any fat or rather skip one, then you will have to avoid your Orlistat dose for that meal.
Read the label of all food items you consume, paying attention to the number of servings per container. Your doctor, dietitian or nutrition counselor may help you adopt a healthy eating plan.
Finally, Orlistat can make it harder for your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, for example A, E, K and D. Your doctor may recommend that you take vitamin and mineral supplements while you are taking this medicine. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type of multi-vitamin or mineral supplement to use. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Orlistat is a drug that may be misused as a weight-loss aid, and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without prescription.