Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor which used for helping you to lose your weight and also keep it from returning. Orlistat is prescribed for obese individuals and for overweight people who have other health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Orlistat blocks absorption of dietary fat into the bloodstream, there by reducing the number of calories you get from a meal. You may use Orlistat together with diet and exercises to get more benefits. Also note that as long as you take the drug you will get result.
Dosage and direction
Consult with your doctor before using. Use no more than was prescribed. Take it orally, generally three times daily during (or up to one hour after) each main meal that contains fat. You should take a multivitamin addition including vitamins A, D, E, and K to ensure good supply. The addition should be taken at least two hours before or after you take this medication , such as before going to bed.
The recommended dose for adults and children under 12 years is one 120-milligram capsule 3 times daily.
Note: this instruction presented here just for review. It’s very necessary to consult with your doctor before using. It help you to get best results.
Do not take this medication without doctor advice if you have a chronic malabsorption syndrome, or gallbladder problems. Do not use Orlistat if your medical history includes kidney stones, have anorexia or bulimia, have diabetes, take cyclosporine, or take any other weight-loss medicine. Weight loss begins within two weeks and continues for years. The effect of using Orlistat for more than 2 years is still unknown.If you have diabetes, weight-loss is likely to reduce your blood sugar levels. Consult to your doctor about dosage of Orlistat if you’re taking an oral diabetes medication or insulin. Orlistat should not be used during pregnancy, becoming pregnancy or lactating. Do not use before breast-feeding without doctor’s permission.
Orlistat is contraindicated in:
Reduced gallbladder function (e.g. after cholecystectomy )
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain kidney problems
Note that the safety and efficacy of Orlistat in children younger than 12 years old have not been established.
Possible side effect
They may include all types of an allergic reaction. Stop taking Orlistat immediately if you have severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, and a fast heart rate. Also the most possible side effects include:
oily spotting in your undergarments;
oily or fatty stools;
orange or brown colored oil in your stool;
gas with discharge, an oily discharge;
loose stools, or an urgent need to go to the bathroom, inability to control bowel movements;
an increased number of bowel movements;
stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal pain;
loss of appetite, weakness, clay-colored stools, dark urine, itching, or jaundice .
Less serious include:
problems with your teeth or gums;
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough;
fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms;
headache, back pain;
mild skin rash.
If you experience one of them stop using Orlistat and tell your doctor as soon as possible. Also consult with your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual.
Orlistat interact with the follow drugs: Cyclosporine and Warfarin. Also note that interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. As usual it affects the the effect of drugs, so consult with your doctor about how it interactions are being managed or should be managed.
If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or almost time for your next dose. Do not increase your recommended dose. Take your usually dose next day in the same regularly time.
Symptoms of Orlistat overdose are not known. But If you experience one of unusual symptoms call your doctor immediately.
Store at room temperature between 20-25 C (68-77 F).