Orlistat is a generic version of the commonly prescribed item Xenical and a stronger version of the popular over-the-counter weight loss medication Alli. Orlistat 120mg capsules are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help aid healthy weight loss. When combined with a low calorie diet and exercise, Orlistat can help you to lose an extra 1lb for every 2lb you would lose by diet and exercise alone.
When you start exercising, take it slow. If you start with a little and aim to increase as you become more fit you will enjoy it more and are much more likely to continue.
Orlistat 120mg capsules are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help aid healthy weight loss. To find out more about weight loss and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Weight Loss page.
Orlistat is a generic version of the commonly prescribed item Xenical and a stronger version of the popular over-the-counter weight loss medication Alli. Orlistat 120mg capsules contain the drug orlistat, which binds to dietary fat and stops up to one third of it from being absorbed. Orlistat 120mg capsules are the generic version of Xenical and are available now that the patent on Xenical has expired. When combined with a low calorie diet and exercise, Orlistat can help you to lose an extra 1lb for every 2lb you would lose by diet and exercise alone. In clinical trials, almost twice as many patients who received Xenical, achieved an average weight loss of 10 percent or more of their body weight in one year, compared to those on diet alone.
Orlistat is used to treat obesity; this is where you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over. Orlistat can also be prescribed when your BMI is 28 or over and there are other risk factors present that make weight loss favourable.
Orlistat is taken up to three times daily, with or up to one hour after each main meal. If you eat a fat-free meal, you skip a meal or have a small snack instead, you do not need to take Orlistat as there will be no fat to absorb.
As Orlistat blocks the absorption of some dietary fats, it can also block the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K. If you are concerned about missing some nutrients or you already suffer with a deficiency in one of these vitamins, we advise taking a multivitamin at bedtime to replace any vitamins lost from your diet as part of your Orlistat weight loss treatment.
When combined with diet and exercise, Orlistat is usually effective in aiding weight loss. Weight loss should not be rushed and crash diets should not be used. Weight loss should be viewed as a steady process in order to do it in a healthy way and increase the chances of the weight staying off. A realistic target is around 1lb per week though this can vary from person to person depending on the situation.
You should only continue to take Orlistat if you are losing weight and your BMI is above 28. If you take Orlistat for 3 months and you do not lose around 5% of your body weight you should stop taking it. It can be retried again after 6 months. If your BMI drops below 28, Orlistat may no longer be appropriate and you should stop treatment. If you are losing weight and your BMI is above 28, you can take Orlistat for up to 2 years.
How to take Orlistat
- Orlistat capsules are taken one capsule up to three times daily if required.
- They should be taken immediately before or up to one hour after meals.
- If you have a low fat meal or skip a main meal there is no need to take Orlistat; it only works when you have eaten a meal containing dietary fat.
- Orlistat should be used alongside a low-fat, calorie-controlled diet to produce the greatest effects and reduce adverse effects.
- Do not exceed the dose of three Orlistat 120mg capsules daily. It will not increase weight loss but may increase undesirable side effects.
Each capsule contains Orlistat 120mg.
Orlistat capsules contain gelatin from bovine sources in the capsule coating.
If you do experience side effects from Orlistat they may include abdominal pains, bloating or wind, the urgent need to open the bowels and oily, fatty, or liquid stools. These side effects are most common at the start of treatment and are most likely to occur after eating a high-fat meal. By restricting your intake of dietary fat to less than 15g per main meal you will decrease the chances of these side effects.
Other less common side effects when taking Orlistat may include:
Rectal pain/discomfort, soft stools, incontinence (stools), bloating (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes), tooth/gum disorder, irregularity of menstrual cycle, tiredness.
To gain the maximum benefit from Orlistat 120mg capsules you should follow the nutrition program recommended to you by your doctor. As with any weight-control program, over-consumption of fat and calories may reduce any weight loss effect.
Orlistat can cause harmless changes in your bowel habits, such as fatty or oily stools, due to the elimination of undigested fat in your faeces. The possibility of this happening may increase if Orlistat is taken with a diet high in fat. In addition your daily intake of fat should be distributed evenly over three main meals because if Xenical is taken with a meal very high in fat, the possibility of gastrointestinal effects may increase.
The use of an additional contraceptive method is recommended to prevent possible failure of oral contraception that could occur in case of severe diarrhoea.
The use of orlistat may be associated with renal stones in patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Inform your doctor whether you suffer from problems with your kidney.
Orlistat may modify the activity of certain drugs. If you are taking any of the following you should see your doctor before tkaing Orlistat:
- Anticoagulant drugs (e.g. warfarin). Your doctor may need to monitor your blood coagulation.
- Ciclosporin. Your doctor may need to monitor your ciclosporin blood levels more frequently than usual.
- Iodine salts and/or levothyroxine. Cases of hypothyroidism and/or reduced control of hypothyroidism may occur.
- Amiodarone. You may ask your doctor for advice.
- Medicines to treat HIV.
Orlistat may unbalance an anticonvulsivant treatment, by decreasing the absorption of antiepileptic drugs, thus leading to convulsions. Please contact your doctor if you think that the frequency and/or severity of the convulsions have changed when taking Xenical together with antiepileptic drugs.
Orlistat is not recommended for people taking acarbose (an anti-diabetic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus).
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What does Orlistat contain?
Orlistat capsules contain the drug Orlistat 120mg per capsule. Orlistat is a dietary fat binder (it binds to the fat in the food you consume, that helps to bind around one third of the fat you consume and prevent it from being absorbed.
How does Orlistat work?
The drug, Orlistat, binds to fat from your food as it is released from your food in your gut. Rather than this fat being absobed into your blood stream and stored by your body, it stays bound to Orlistat and passes completely through your system. Therefore it helps to reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs meaning when you are burning off your existing stores of fat for energy, rather than the fat you are consuming in your diet.
If I take Orlistat, does it allow me to eat anything I like?
Orlistat binds to the dietary fat you consume and prevent it from being absorbed, which in turn helps you to lose extra weight than if you were deiting and exercising alone. If you do not diet when taking Orlistat and eat high fat, high calroies meals the likliness is that you will not lose weight and it also increases the chances of unpleasant side effects occuring. Orlistat should be viewed as a 'booster' to your weight loss efforts, helping you lose up to 50% extra weight than you would if you were on a regime of just diet and exercise.
Is Orlistat an appetite suppressant?
Orlistat is not an appetite suppressant, it helps to reduce the absorption of the fat you consume, thereby helping you to lose weight. Appetite suppressants are not normally medically advised for use and many appetite suppressants are not regulated in their manufacture or sale meaning they may not be safe to take.
How do I take Orlistat?
In adults and children 18 years and over, the dose of Orlistat is 1 capsule up to three daily, with or up to one hour after fat-containing meals. You should not take more than three Orlistat capsules in a 24-hour period. You do not need to take an Orlistat capsule if you have a meal containing no fat, it will have no effect. Do not take more than one Orlistat 120mg capsule at a time, it will not help you lose any extra weight however it does risk causing liver damage which can have severe consequences.
What does BMI stand for and what does it mean?
Body Mass Index (commonly referred to as BMI) is a measure of your body weight compared to your height to give an estimate of whether you are a healthy weight for your height. Normally for adults, a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Anything below 18.5 is considered underweight whereas a BMI of 25 and above is considered overweight. If your BMI is over 30 it is classed as obese and you are suitable for treatment with Orlistat capsules. It is important to note that BMI gives a fairly accurate result for most people, some who are very short, very tall or those who carry a lot of muscle may find their score is less accurate. You can find out more about BMI and calculate your own on the NHS Choices website.
How much weight loss should I expect when taking Orlistat?
The maount of weight you lose whilst taking Orlistat can vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of calories you consume, your exercise levels, your metabolism, your current state of health and your starting weight. For those on a low fat, low calorie diet that are exercising for the recommended 30 minutes, five times per week, we would suggest that you should aim to lose around 1-2 pounds (0.5-1kg) per week. If you have not managed to lose more than 5% of your body weight after taking Orlistat for 3 months it may not be suitable for continued use.
Am I guaranteed to lose weight when taking Orlistat?
Although Orlistat helps many people lose weight successfully, there are no guarantees that you will lose weight whilst taking it. Losing weight primarily involves adopting a healthy lifestyle where more calories are burned than are consumed, Orlistat can help to increase the weight loss you would see with diet and exercise but is unlikely to help if no other measures are also taken.
Does Orlistat start working straight away?
Orlistat will bind around 33% of the fat you consume in each meal where you take it with, or up to an hour after, food. As Orlistat is not absorped into your system, it binds the dietary fat and then passes through you, it does not take time to get in to your system or build up an effect. Although Orlistat starts binding the fat from your meals straight away, this does not necessarily mean you will see weight loss from day 1. Losing weight means that you need to burn more calories than you are consuming. Taking Orlistat will help to lower the calories you are consuming by preventing the absorption of fat but you also need to be burning calories through activity or exercise to tip the scales in your favour.
Can I take less than three Orlistat 120mg capsules daily if I needed?
Yes, you should only take Orlistat with meals that contain fat, if you are having a very low, or no-fat meal, there is no need to take Orlistat as there is no fat for it to stop being absorbed. Some people find that they only need to take one Orlistat capsule daily with their evening meal if they are on a very low calorie diet.
Can I use other weight loss treatments with Orlistat?
We do not advise using other weight loss treatments or tablets with Orlistat. You should follow a strict regime of diet and exercise whilst taking Orlistat capsules to get the most out of them. You may also consider taking a multivitamin supplement at bedtime to ensure you are still getting all the essential vitamins and minerals required by your body.
What should I eat whilst taking Orlistat?
Whilst taking Orlistat you should eat a healthy balanced diet, containing all the main food groups, although you should make an effort to cut down on the amount of fat you consume to aid weight loss and prevent unwanted side effects. It is important to note that fad dieting often results in fast loss of weight that is regularly quickly regained when the diet stops. A more successful method of weight loss is to slowly lose wieght by making lasting lifestyle changes including 30 minutes exercise five times weekly, eating at least five fruits and vegetables daily, cutting down on the intake of both sugar and fat, increasing fibre intake as well as sleeping well for 7-8 hours per night.
Should I take two Orlistat capsules if I have a very high fat meal?
No, you should never take more than the recommended dose of one capsule with each meal. Taking more than the recommended amount will not necessarily increase weight loss and increases the chance of undesirable side effects.
What should I do if I have a meal that is very high in fat?
Most people who have taken Orlistat capsules (or Alli/Xenical) will know that taking them when consuming foods high in fat can lead to some undesirable side effects. For that reason if you are having a very occassional treat or meal out, it may be preferable to avoid taking Orlistat and enjoy a rare chance to eat your favourite foods (within reason!) without worrying about troublesome side effects. As long as you are overall sticking to your low calorie, low fat diet and combining it with increasing exercise, with the help of Orlistat you should be happy with the results.
Are there any other alternatives to Orlistat?
Orlistat capsules (as well as the branded version, Xenical, and the over-the-counter brand Alli) are the only licenced prescription treatment to aid healthy weight loss. This means they have gone through strict medical trials to ensure that they are both safe and effective to be prescribed my a medical professional for their intended purpose. This leaves you safe in the knowledge that the Orlistat product you buy has undergone strict regulation in their manufacture, storage, prescribing and dispensing to ensure you receive a product that is both safe and effective, where you can be 100% certain of the ingredients.
There are many weight loss aids, supplements, herbal remedies and other preparations that are available that claim to help you lose weight. Often these are not licenced as medical products but as foods or supplements meaning they do not undergo strict regulation or examination before being released onto the market or during manufacture. This can lead to you not knowing exactly what are in the weight loss products you buy, which could be potentially dangerous.
What is the difference between Orlistat capules, Xenical and Alli?
All three treatments (Orlistat capsules, Xenical & Alli) all contain Orlistat as the active ingredient. Although they are all very similar, there are some subtle differences:
- Orlistat capsules and Xencial both contain 120mg of Orlistat per capsule, whereas Alli capsules only contain 60mg Orlistat.
- As Orlistat & Xencial are both stronger, they are classed as prescription-only medicines (POM) and must be prescribed by a healthcare professional whereas Alli, which contains less Orlistat, can be bought over-the-counter in pharmacies (subject to completing a short consultation whith a pharmacist).
- Xenical is the original prescription strength (120mg) Orlistat treatment and as such is a branded product. When the patent expired on Xenical, it allowed other companies to make the same treatment under the generic name Orlistat 120mg capsules. Xenical and Orlistat both contain the same ingredients, however Xenical is more expensive as it is a branded product.
Why can I only buy three months of Orlistat online at one time?
Orlistat 120mg is an prescription-only weight loss aid. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 months treatment at one time. Orlistat treatment is normally judged for effectiveness after 1-3 months on the amount of weight you have managed to lose. This means that if you do not find Orlistat as effective as you would like, you are not stuck with an excess of medication. If you are happy with the results you can log in and re-order another supply, provided you are still losing weight and your BMI is above the treatment threshold.
Should I take Orlistat with food?
You should take Orlistat capsules with a fat-containing meal, or up to one hour afterwards. If your meal contains no fat or is a small snack, there is no need to take an Orlistat capsule.
Are Orlistat capsules also available as tablets?
Unfortunately Orlistat is only available in capsule form, as the generic treatment Orlistat 120mg capsules or the brand Xenical 120mg capsules.
Can I break open the capsules?
No, Orlsitat capsules must be swallowed whole, with water, for them to be effective.
Is Orlistat available for next day delivery?
Yes, we understand that sometimes you want to get your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm, Orlistat capsules are available for next day delivery.
Is it safe to buy Orlistat capsules online?
Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Orlistat online. The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation & insurance to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy & Online Doctor. We use reputable pharmaceutical wholesalers, the same as the large high street chemists, to ensure that any medication we supply is of the highest quality and can be traced from manufacture to supply.
How do I buy Orlistat online?
It simple! Just select 'Start Consultation' above, you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so our GPs & Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Orlistat to you. It all takes around 3 minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door.
What are the advantages of buying Orlistat online?
There are many advantages to buying Orlistat capsules online, some include:
- It's quick & easy - there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery - We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices - we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- Tons of information - we provide all the information you could need on Orlistat and other weight loss treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time to suit you.
Why can I buy Alli over the counter but I need to buy Orlistat from the Online Doctor?
Alli capsules contain Orlistat 60mg and are classified as a Pharmacy Medicine (P) and can therefore be bought in your local chemist, although they do require a short consultation with the pharmacist to ensure they are suitable for use. Orlistat capules, and Xencial, both contain 120mg of Orlistat and due to this they are classified as prescription only and need to be prescribed by a healthcare professional.
Can I get Orlistat from my regular GP?
You can have Orlistat prescribed by your regular GP on the NHS if you fall within the criteria mentioned above (BMI over 30) and you have tried to lose weight unsuccessfully with diet and exercise alone. Some people do not want to see their GP to discuss their weight issues and prefer to manage it themselves by ordering Orlistat online from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor. Your GP can also offer other valuable weight loss help and advice, see NHS Choices Weight Loss page for more information. If your BMI is over 40, you may also be entitled to NHS Tier 3/4 Weight Loss services which can include nutritional help & advice, discounted gym memberships, referall for bariatric surgery, weight loss support groups and pyschological help & support. All services are locally commissioned and funded so you should speak to your GP about what services are available in your area.