• Orlistat

Orlistat is a prescription weight loss treatment. It is a licensed generic medicine made by Actavis, and works by interfering with the enzymatic processes in the gut.

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One capsule of Orlistat contains 120mg of the active ingredient. It is designed to be taken with a meal, up to three times per day.

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Orlistat is a weight reduction pill. It is the licensed generic version of the popular branded product made by Roche Pharmaceuticals. The medicine usually forms part of a motivational weight loss programme, including diet and exercise. When taken alongside a meal, it works by altering the way the body processes consumed fats.

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In the UK, it is estimated that obesity affects about a quarter of the adult population. The condition is one of the leading causes of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer; but it can also have a detrimental effect on quality of life. And the longer someone is obese, the more at risk they are of developing a secondary illness.

Determining whether or not someone is overweight or obese is calculated using the body mass index (or BMI), which is a formula doctors use to diagnose the condition. To measure a person’s BMI, you first take their weight in kilograms, then divide this by their height in metres, then divide the resultant figure again by their height in metres. If the figure is between 20 and 25, then they are categorised as being at their ideal weight. Where the number falls amid 25 and 30, they are said to be overweight. 30 and above indicates obesity.

Seeking help is important for those are obese or overweight, and are struggling to lose weight on their own. There are a number of ways a doctor can help to get someone on the right path to a healthy weight. Often, a support programme including a specific diet and exercise regime will be recommended, and in some cases, this may be accompanied by a weight loss tablet such as Orlistat.

How does Orlistat work?

The way the medicine works is fairly straightforward. In the stomach and the small intestines, certain enzymes called lipases extract fat from the food we eat, and help the body to store it as energy. Orlistat inhibits this process. By preventing these enzymes from carrying out their task, the medication stops fats from being soaked up by the body, and causes them to be expelled through faeces.

Can I buy Orlistat online?

Yes, but when you buy generic medicine online, it is important to be aware of which products are licensed for reproduction and which are not, and to make sure you are buying from a pharmacy which is registered. Some sites pills which promise to make you lose wieght fast, but Orlistat is a licensed treatment which provides a steady and, more importantly, safe approach.

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Is it possible to buy Orlistat without a prescription?

As it is a prescription-only medicine in the UK, no. However, our discreet and secure consultation facility enables you to have your case checked by a GMC-registered doctor. If they deem the medication suitable for use in your case, they will provide a prescription which will be sent electronically to our UK-based pharmacy.

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How to use Orlistat

Take Orlistat as prescribed by your doctor. Ensure you read the instructions fully prior to use, as these will help you to maximise the efficiency of the medicine and reduce the risk of possible side effects.

  1. Follow the directions issued by your prescriber.
  2. A typical dose is one tablet, taken with a meal, up to three times per day. 
  3. Swallow capsules whole with water.
  4. This treatment can be used right before a meal, during a meal or up to one hour afterwards.
  5. Try to avoid eating fatty snacks in between meals.
  6. Orlistat only works when taken alongside a meal. If you skip a meal you do not need to take it.
  7. Never exceed the prescribed amount.
  8. If you miss a dose, do not make up for it by doubling up on your next one. Simply continue to take the course as normal.

These instructions are provided only a guide. You should read the directions provided in the patient information leaflet before taking this medication.

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Orlistat side effects

Not everyone who uses this medicine will develop side effects. But you should let your doctor know if you experience any side effects while using it, and seek medical attention right away if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction.

Very common (1 in 10 people or more):

Flatulence, increased bowel urgency, headache, abdominal pain, oily or fatty stools, liquid stools, decreased blood sugar levels.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Rectal pain, increased frequency when passing stool, tooth or gum problems, feelings of bloatedness, irregular menstruation, tiredness.

The list provided here is not comprehensive. You can find a more detailed account of the side effects associated with this medicine by consulting the patient information leaflet.

Taking it with other medicines

Inform your doctor of any other treatments you are taking before using Orlistat. This product may interfere with the following: anticoagulant drugs (such as warfarin), ciclosporin, iodine salts and levothyroxine, antiepileptics, acarbose, vitamins, supplements, amiodarone, or medicines used to treat HIV.

Conditions to look out for

Notify your prescriber of any medical conditions you have during consultation. Orlistat may not be suitable for you if you have chronic malabsorption syndrome, or cholestasis.

Vitamin levels

This medicine can cause fat soluble vitamin levels to fall. Vitamin D levels are particularly affected. It is therefore recommended that you speak to your GP about supplementing vitamin levels when taking this medication. Seek medical attention if you become tired and lethargic.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You must not use Orlistat if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Driving and using machinery

This medication is not thought to influence driving or machine use capability.

Food, drink and alcohol

There are very specific instructions regarding food and drink which must be adhered to when taking Orlistat. These can be found in the leaflet provided.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol is not thought to interact with the function of this medication.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Provided you experience no side effects which may make driving dangerous, your capacity to drive should not be affected.

Can I take the medicine if I’m pregnant?

No. This treatment is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I store it?

Always keep Orlistat in a sealed container, and never store it above 30°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

You should not use Orlistat if you are allergic to any of the containing ingredients, which include: microcrystalline cellulose (E460), sodium starch glycolate (type A), povidone (E1201), sodium laurilsulfate, talc, gelatine, indigo carmine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171) and edible printing ink.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. You can only obtain this medicine with a prescription. Our doctors can issue a prescription by assessing your suitability for this medication, via our online consultation process.

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