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.
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.