Orlistat is a weight loss medication that is characterized as a fat blocker. It prevents your body from absorbing any fat that you consume. This drug is used for treating obesity in adults. It is a part of weight loss program. Diet and exercise are essential for any considerable weight loss. The popular brand names of the drug are Xenical and Alli. A high quality generic drug will have same effects, efficiency and problems as a brand drug.
Orlistat is available in the dosage strengths of 60 mg and 120 mg.
Common dose limit of Orlistat will be 120 mg per meal. If your doctor advised you to take a different dose level, stick to your prescription.
Usual adult dose for obesity can be 120 mg in the form of oral administration for about three times a day along with the meal that consists of fat content in it.
Orlistat can be taken either while having food or after an hour of having a meal. The usual dose for pediatrics in treating obesity is around 120 mg for children who are 12 years of age or older. They can take the pill orally by mouth for about three times a day where every meal is containing fat constituent.
Orlistat dosage depends upon your age, medical condition and your response to the drug. You should never increase or decrease the dosage strength without the consent of the physician.
Women who are pregnant should not take this medicine.
People who have gallbladder problems or malabsorption syndrome that is chronic should refrain from taking Orlistat.
Inform your doctor if you have thyroid, gallstones, pancreatitis, type 1 or 2 diabetes, liver disease, or any other medical illness, before you begin a course of treatment with Orlistat.
This product can contain some inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions in your body. Talk to your doctor before getting the drug prescribed if you are allergic to this drug or to its ingredients.
Intimate your surgeon or to the dentist that you are using Orlistat or any other over the counter meds, any prescription pills or herbal or natural supplements before a surgery.
If you are a diabetic patient, keep monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly and also talk to your doctor if in case the diabetic medications you take have to be changed along with your diet and exercise.
The common side effects are
Rare side effects are
If you have any serious side effects, stop taking Orlistat and talk to your doctor immediately.
Common drug interactions of Orlistat include other diet pills, diabetes medicine including insulin, vitamin supplement, and seizure drugs.
You may have to take certain vitamin supplements as fat soluble vitamins will also be blocked from absorption.