Obesity is a significant health issue in the UK, affecting around 25% of adults. It is a major contributor to heart disease and diabetes.
- Being overweight can lead to serious illness
- BMI of 30 or above indicates obesity
- Treatable with Xenical and Orlistat
Prescription weight loss medicines can be the ideal complement to a healthy diet and exercise programme. Our UK-based pharmacy ships all orders by 24-hour courier, in secure, discreet packaging.
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Poor health related to being overweight is a problem which is becoming ever more prominent in the UK. The NHS estimates that as many as one in four adults in this country are affected by obesity alone, as well as one in five children aged 10-11. While being overweight can cause low self-esteem and result in a reduced quality of life, it is also a catalyst for serious physical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even some types of cancer.
Doctors determine whether someone is overweight by calculating their body mass index (or BMI). A person’s BMI is their weight in kilograms divided by their height in metres, and then this figure is divided by their height in metres again. People with a BMI between 20 and 25 are considered to be at their ideal weight; whereas those between 25 and 30 are classified as overweight; and those at 30 or above fall into the obese category.
A number of health and lifestyle factors can contribute to someone being unhealthily overweight. High calorie intake, lack of exercise and poor dietary habits can all play a part in causing someone to gain weight. Over time, this added mass can restrict the circulation of blood and oxygen around the body, and put extra strain on the body’s organs, leading to serious illness.
Treatment for those who are overweight or obese is usually issued in the form of a comprehensive weight loss programme. This might include a controlled and balanced diet, an exercise regime, motivational support, and sometimes weight loss medication.
Xenical, by Roche, is one of the most popular prescription drugs on the market for weight loss, and is also available as Orlistat, in its generic form. The active constituent in these medications works in the digestive tract. When we digest food, certain enzymes facilitate the absorption of fat into the body. These are called lipases, and help the digestive system to store fats as energy. By limiting the activity of these enzymes, Orlistat prevents fat from being assimilated into the body. Rather than being stored, the fat is then excreted in faeces.
Anti-obesity pills such as these can be useful for those with a BMI of 27 or above who are motivated to get their weight down to healthier levels. They are particularly useful when used alongside a progressive diet and exercise plan.
At Treated.com, we’re here to make access to treatment simple, safe and convenient. Take one of our questionnaires today and a qualified practitioner will review your answers. If your medication is suitable for you, our UK-based pharmacy will dispense and ship your medicine by 24-hour courier.
Types of Treatment
There are two medications available for those who are obese or overweight here at Treated.com, and they are Xenical, made by Roche, and Orlistat. They are both tablet treatments which contain the same active ingredient, called orlistat, and work in the same way. Whereas Xenical is a branded drug, Orlistat is the generic version. Only those who have a BMI of 27 or above are suitable users.
How do they work?
Unlike other tablets which are assimilated into the body via the bloodstream, the agent orlistat performs its function in the gut. It works by restricting the activity of certain enzymes which extract fats from food, and absorb them into the body. Instead of being stored, these fats are then excreted in stool.
What are the side effects?
You should check the product page or patient information leaflet for specific details relating to side effects, but those more commonly associated with this type of medicine include abdominal pain, headache, or diarrhoea.
Can I take them with other medications?
Some pharmaceutical products may interact with this medicine, and are not recommended for use in conjunction with it. These include acarbose and ciclosporin. Tell your prescriber which, if any, other treatments you are currently using during consultation.
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What’s the difference between the medications?
Both medications perform the same function. While one is the branded version of the treatment, the other is the licensed generic version.
Should I take Xenical or Orlistat?
It depends on whether you prefer to use branded or generic medicines. Xenical is the original treatment made by the developer, Roche; whereas Orlistat is the same medicine, which is not branded, but is a cheaper alternative.
Are there different side effects?
The recorded side effects for each may differ slightly, because they may not have been tested on the same group. However, as both medicines are the same, the risk of side effects will be very similar if not identical.
Is it right for me?
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