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Weight loss capsules Orlistat capsules are used to treat obesity.
They work in your digestive system and block about a third of the food in the fat you eat from being digested.
Managing your weight is very important to maintaining a healthy overall lifestyle.
If you become overweight and carry additional excess fat around your stomach area then it can lead to serious health conditions such as some cancers, type 2 diabetes, strokes and heart disease.
Our pharmacists can assess whether your current weight is healthy by measuring your Body Mass Index.
If you are overweight, then the first action you should take is to make changes to your diet and increase your levels of physical activity.
This treatment can be obtained through our Private Pharmacy Service from your local Dears Pharmacy.
What advice can I get?
When combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise, Orlistat can help you to lose an extra 1lb for every 2lb you would lose by diet and exercise alone.
In clinical trials, almost twice as many patients who received Xenical, achieved an average weight loss of 10 percent or more of their body weight in one year, compared to those on diet alone.
Orlistat is used to treat obesity; this is where you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over.
Orlistat can also be prescribed when your BMI is 28 or over and there are other risk factors present that make weight loss favourable.
How does it work?
As Orlistat blocks the absorption of some dietary fats, it can also block the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K.
If you are concerned about missing some nutrients or you already suffer with a reduction in one of these vitamins, we advise taking a multivitamin at bedtime to replace any vitamins lost from your diet as part of your treatment.
Orlistat combined with diet and exercise is usually effective in aiding weight loss.
We recommend that weight loss is as a steady process to do it in a healthy way and increase the chances of the weight staying off.
A realistic target is around 1lb per week though this can vary from person to person depending on the situation.
Duration of treatment
You should only continue to take Orlistat if you are losing weight and your BMI (body mass index) is above 28.
If you take Orlistat for 3 months and you do not lose around 5% of your body weight you should stop taking it.
When your BMI drops below 28, Orlistat may no longer be appropriate and you should stop treatment.
However if you are losing weight and your BMI is above 28, you can take Orlistat for up to 2 years.
Always take Orlistat exactly as advised by your pharmacist. Please ensure that you read all packaging and leaflets thoroughly before use.
If you have any concerns before you start taking this medicine, please contact your GP.
The typical dose of Orlistat is a 120mg capsule taken with each of the 3 main meals a day.
Learn more about Orlistat (Xenical) 120mg Capsules
Please read all packaging before taking Orlistat capsules.
Like all medicines, Xenical can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Xenical.
Most unwanted effects related to the use of Xenical result from its local action in your digestive system.
Normally, these symptoms disappear if you continue treatment and keep to your recommended diet.
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 user in 10)
Headache, abdominal pain/discomfort, urgent or increased need to open the bowels, flatulence (wind), oily or fatty stools, liquid stools, low blood sugar levels (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes).
Common side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
Rectal discomfort, soft stools, incontinence (stools), bloating (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes), tooth/gum disorder, irregular menstrual cycle, tiredness.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Orlistat is a generic version of the commonly prescribed item Xenical and a stronger version of the popular over-the-counter weight loss medication Alli.
Both Orlistat and Xenical are available as part of our Private Pharmacy Service.
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