Orlistat is an anti-obesity medicine that can help you to lose weight if you are obese or overweight. It is a lipase inhibitor and is widely preferred by the people. It is one of the most preferred drugs used for the treatment of obesity. This medicine is used only after been approved by the doctor along with decreased calorie diet, exercise to get significant weight loss.
Weight loss is also termed as slimming. It is very important to lose weight as an obesity is a root cause of many serious life threatening diseases. Increased body mass index is an open invitation to health issues like Cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, cancer and diabetes like many serious issues. Losing weight has a great impact on an individual’s health and increases his life span. Exercising daily is an art of living well as it burns your extra consumed calories and keep your weight under control. Along with this, weight loss pills have been designed to get significant results in the weight loss. This medicine is available on our website in the form of oral tablets
The ailments, it is used for:
Orlistat is an anti obesity drug given in the following conditions in order to lose weight such as:
- It is also given in order to avoid gaining weight back
Understanding the drug Orlistat:
Orlistat is an anti obesity drug that is used to reduce body mass index and helps in weight reduction.
How it works?
Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor that helps in reducing weight and also avoids weight regain once reduced. It binds with the serine residues of the active sites of gastric and pancreatic lipases. When taken along with the fat containing foods, it decreases the absorption of monoaclglyerides and free fatty acids. On the whole, it has a great role in digestion of dietary fat. It reduces the fat absorption and helps in weight reduction.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Orlistat if you:
- Are allergic to Orlistat
- Have kidney problems
- Have liver problems
- Are suffering from gall bladder
- Have pancreatitis
- Are suffering from diabetes either type 1 or type 2
- Are suffering from hypertension
- Are suffering from hypothyroidisim
- Are pregnant or planning to become a pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
How much to take?
The dosage is solely decided by the Doctor after assessing your condition and various factors such as age, gender and body weight. One can’t fix the dose as it varies from patient to patient. The usual recommended dose is 120 mg orally. It can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s condition. Always take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Orlistat is available in following strength preparations on our website:
- Obelit 120 mg
- Xenical 120 mg
- Alli 60 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Obelit is manufactured by Intas Pharma, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 30, 60 and 90 capsules
Xenical is manufactured by Roche, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 84 capsules.
Alli is manufactured by Glaxosmithkline pharmaceuticals private limited, and is available on our website in the multiple packs.
How to take?
Orlistat is taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet with a full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet. Avoid taking any other type of liquid.
When to take?
Always take the medicine as instructed by the Doctor or Pharmacist. Don’t consume the medicine in a greater amount. Generally, Orlistat 120 mg is taken thrice a day after every meal containing fat. The does intake varies from patient to patient. So, doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you. Consult your doctor before taking the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the intake of the drug.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter below any unsual symptoms.
What if you miss the dose?
Orlistat is taken when allergic symptoms arise, so this drug is not generally recommended on the regular basis. If you are asked to take this drug on a routine basis, then try to take the medicine at the same time each day. This reduces the chances of missing a dose. Talk to your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, same way this drug also has some undesired effects with it. Orlistat shows common side effects such as:
- Teeth or gum problems
- Stuffy nose, sneezing, cough
- Headache, back pain
- Mild skin rash
Some serious and rare side effects that need serious consideration are stated below:
- Oily or fatty stools
- Spotting in your undergarments
- Stomach pain, nausea
- Weakness, itching or loss of appetite
- Increased bowel movements
- Clay colored stools, itching, loss of appetite
- Orange or brown colored stools
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, the doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Orlistat. Drugs listed below may interact with Orlistat and can increase its sedation effect:
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per the prescription
- Don’t use the expired drugs
- Avoid consumption of alcohol while using this drug
- Don’t eat a high fat diet as it can increase Orlistat side effects
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms.
- Doctor may recommend vitamin and mineral supplements while taking this medicine, take these supplements one hour before meal
- To get the therapeutic results, fat content of your daily diet should not be greater than 30% of your total daily calorie intake.
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine