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Orlistat 120mg Capsules

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Orlistat 120mg Capsules (84 Capsules)

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Orlistat 120mg capsules online

Orlistat is the only UK-licensed pill that is clinically-proven to aid weight loss, and is the best medicinal option for weight loss prescribed by doctors. Start a consultation for Orlistat online from The Independent Pharmacy and enjoy complete discretion, fast delivery and excellent customer service. If you’re not sure whether Orlistat is right for you, you can speak to one of our healthcare team by telephone or email.

After reading reviews of Orlistat, some people will attempt to find cheap variations of the drug online through Amazon or Ebay. As an accredited online pharmacy, we do not recommend this. Orlistat tablets should be prescribed by a doctor and bought from a registered doctor or pharmacy, either online or at your local surgery. You can buy Orlistat and other weight loss pills from The Independent Pharmacy that are safe to use for those who want to lose weight and become slimmer.

Read more about what is Orlistat and how it works here.

Orlistat Medical Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

About Orlistat

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, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that make weight loss favourable[1]. Orlistat is the only prescription-only medicine licensed in the UK to aid weight loss, making it a safe alternative to buying unregulated treatments online. Orlistat should be used in addition to a low-fat, low-calorie diet and exercise. Read our Orlistat diet page for more information on what you should and shouldn’t eat when using the treatment.

Orlistat 120mg capsules are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy, with a free consultation and free private prescription, to help aid healthy weight loss. To find out more about weight loss and see all the available treatments, see our Weight Loss page. Free delivery is available when you buy two or more boxes of Orlistat.


Generic, Branded, or OTC Orlistat?

Orlistat is a generic version of the commonly prescribed item Xenical and a stronger version of the popular over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss medication Alli (60mg). 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 now that the patent on Xenical has expired. Generic Orlistat is produced by Teva and also Actavis (who use the brand name Beacita). Orlistat tablets are not currently produced by the manufacturer, they are only available as capsules at present.


Orlistat results for 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 - an extra 50%. In clinical trials, almost twice as many obese patients who received Orlistat, achieved an average weight loss of 10 percent or more of their body weight in one year, compared to those on diet alone. In addition, a significant number of patients who stopped Orlistat regained up 35% of the weight they had lost[2]. It has also been shown to lower plasma insulin levels and fasting blood sugar levels[3] which should help control in patients with type-2 diabetes.

Many people decide to try Orlistat to aid their weight loss after reading the great Orlistat UK reviews available online.

Read more about how to get the best results from Orlistat here.


How to take Orlistat

The Orlistat dosage is taken up to three times daily every day, seven days a week, with or up to one hour after each main meal.

Important Orlistat dosage instructions[4]:

When you should take Orlistat:

  • If you eat a meal with 1g - 15g of fat, you should take an Orlistat capsule with the food, or up to an hour after eating. This will help to block up to a third of the fat you consume whilst limiting the side effects.

When you should not take Orlistat:

  • If you eat a fat-free meal (there will be no fat to absorb)
  • You skip a meal (there will be no fat to absorb)
  • If you eat a high-fat meal - for many people, the gastrointestinal side effects of Orlistat mean that if they occasionally want to break your diet and indulge, it is better to skip your dose and not have any adverse consequences.


Orlistat results & weight loss targets

When combined with diet and exercise, Orlistat diet pills are usually effective in aiding weight loss. According to the BDA, weight loss should not be rushed and crash diets are generally thought to be a bad idea.

Weight loss results 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 and natural target is around 1lb per week though this can vary from person to person depending on the situation.

Find out more about Orlistat results and how effective it is here.

You should aim to lose around 5% of your body weight in the first 3 months of taking Orlistat for healthy, sustainable weight loss.

You should only continue to take Orlistat if you are losing weight and your BMI is above 28. 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 4 years.


Non-prescription treatments for weight loss

XLS Medical and Alli (60 mg) are non-prescription alternatives to Orlistat.

Orlistat is the only medicine licensed in the EU for weight loss. In line with UK medical guidelines, we do not recommend the use of appetite suppressants, unlicensed supplements or diet pills, such as raspberry ketones, for weight loss.


Orlistat Prices

  1 Month Supply (84 capsules) 2 Months Supply (168 capsules) 3 Months Supply (252 capsules)
Orlistat 120mg Capsules £39.99 £74.98 £109.95
Alli 60mg Capsules £49.99 £89.98 £119.97
Xenical 120mg Capsules £59.99 £113.98 £161.97



Related reading



  1. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg189/chapter/1-Recommendations#pharmacological-interventions
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20070405150413/http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/orlistat_cp.htm
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2496972/
  4. https://bnf.nice.org.uk/drug/orlistat.html 


Orlistat Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/8703/pil

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Orlistat Dosage Instructions

  • Orlistat 120 mg 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[5].

Find out more on our Orlistat dosage and side effects page.

Side effects of Orlistat

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.

Important: 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.

Find out more on our Orlistat dosage and side effects page.

Orlistat ingredients

Each capsule contains Orlistat 120 mg.

Orlistat capsules contain gelatin from bovine sources in the capsule coating.


To gain the maximum benefit from Orlistat 120mg tablets you should follow the nutrition program recommended to you by your doctor. As with any weight-control program, overconsumption 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 taking 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 anticonvulsant 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 Orlistat together with antiepileptic drugs.

Orlistat is not recommended for people taking acarbose (an anti-diabetic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus).

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Orlistat contain?

    Orlistat capsules contain the ingredient 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.

  • 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 dieting and exercising alone. If you do not diet when taking Orlistat and eat high fat, high calorie meals the likeliness is that you will not lose weight and it also increases the chance of unpleasant side effects occurring. Orlistat should be viewed as a 'booster' to your weight loss efforts, helping you to lose up to 50% extra weight than you would if you were on a regime of just diet and exercise.

    Read our Orlistat diet plan for more information.

  • 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 amount of weight you lose whilst taking Orlistat naturally varies 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. 

  • 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, such as GNC or ketones, with Orlistat. The interactions can cause some unpleasant side effects. 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.

  • 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 licensed 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 by 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.

    Common culprits include:

    • Duromine short-term diet pills
    • Ephedrine lipolytic stimulant
    • Phentermine stimulant diet pills
    • Zantrex rapid weight loss supplement

    Redustat is another fat blocker variation that contains Orlistat as its active ingredient.

  • What is the difference between Orlistat capsules, Xenical and Alli?

    All three treatments (Orlistat capsules, Xenical and Alli) all contain Orlistat as the active ingredient. Although they are all very similar, there are some subtle differences:

    • Orlistat capsules and Xenical both contain 120mg of Orlistat per capsule, whereas Alli capsules only contain 60mg Orlistat.
    • As Orlistat & Xenical 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 with 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, Orlistat 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 Monday to Friday, 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.

  • Where can you buy Orlistat online?

    The Independent Pharmacy can supply Orlistat online - it's 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 with a prescription?

    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 capsules 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. 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, referral for bariatric surgery, weight loss support groups and psychological help & support. All services are locally commissioned and funded so you should speak to your GP about what services are available in your area. 

    Weight loss support and advice are available for free at wlsinfo.org.uk and weightconcern.org.uk.

  • Can I take Orlistat and drink alcohol?

    Orlistat doesn’t interact with alcohol, so it is no more dangerous to drink alcohol while taking either of these weight loss tablets. However, it’s important to bear in mind that alcohol is highly calorific and may affect your weight loss efforts if you drink it regularly or to excess. Feeling tipsy can also hinder your willpower and lead to snacking.

  • Will Orlistat interfere with my period?

    Taking Orlistat pills can lead to irregular menstrual periods for some women – others find they are perfectly fine. It’s not recommended to take Orlistat during pregnancy however, or after birth while breastfeeding.

    Another occasional side effect of Orlistat is diarrhoea, which if severe, can reduce the effectiveness of any contraceptive pills you may be taking. If this happens, take extra precautions when having intercourse.

  • Can I take Orlistat after liposuction?

    Around 15,000 people in Britain undergo liposuction every year. However, some find that even after liposuction, there is not much change to visceral fat. Taking Orlistat after liposuction can help to reduce visceral fat and improve blood lipids profile, according to some studies. 

  • Can you get Orlistat on the NHS?

    Orlistat is available to prescribe on the NHS, however there are a strict set of guidelines that patients must meet to be prescribed Orlistat on the NHS. People often find it easier to buy Orlistat online that wait to see their NHS GP to see if they meet the criteria.

  • What is the price of Orlistat?

    Orlistat is available from The Independent Pharmacy at the following price:

    • 84 capsules (1 box) - £34.99
    • 168 capsules (2 boxes) - £64.98
    • 256 capsules (3 boxes) - £89.97

    Orlistat prices include a free private prescription and qualify for free standard tracked delivery. 

    All new customers can get 15% off with the discount code NEW15 and we also offer a repeat customer discount! This means that you can buy Orlistat cheaper than Boots, Lloyds, Superdrug and other high street chains.

  • How long does Orlistat take to work?

    Orlistat starts to work immediately. It is taken with a meal containing less than 15g of fat and helps to block some of that fat from being absorbed.

    Orlistat has been shown to help you lose up to 50% more weight than dieting and exercise alone in clinical trials. This means that it helps to see up your weight loss and helps you see better results for the effort that you put in, but also means the treatment to work and you to see results you need to adopt a calorie controlled diet and start an exercise regime.

Authored By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 25-09-2019

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Leanne Sinclair


Reviewed on: 25-09-2019

Next review date: 25-09-2021

Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.

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Excellent service Excellent service, quick and easy to sort out, fast delivery
5 out of 5 stars
You passed with flying colours. I'll definitely recommend you You did absolutely fine! I've never ordered from an online pharmacy before because it's difficult to know which ones are legitimate, but all of your positive reviews made me take the risk, though I only ordered a single product, as a test.

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