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Orlistat 120mg Capsules Summary
|Type of medicine||Lipase inhibitor|
|Works by||Prevents the absorption of dietary fat into the body.|
|Effective within||1 - 3 months|
|Pack size||84 Capsules|
|Common side effects||Abdominal pains, bloating or wind, the urgent need to open the bowels, oily, fatty, or liquid stools.|
|Manufacturer||Teva, Crescent, Accord, Alissa Healthcare|
|Use with alcohol||In moderation|
Orlistat Medical Information
What is Orlistat and what is it used for?
Orlistat is a generic brand of medicine 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.
Orlistat is the active ingredient that helps to aid weight loss by preventing up to one-third of dietary fat from being absorbed by the body. Helping you to lose up to 5% of your body weight in the first 3 months.
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.
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.
How does Orlistat work?
Orlistat works by blocking the enzymes in your gut that digest fat. Nearly a third of the fat that you eat is blocked by orlistat and the undigested fat is not absorbed into your body and is instead passed out with your stools.
For best results, Orlistat should be taken alongside a low-fat diet and exercise. If you eat a meal that does not contain any dietary fat you do not need to take your dose of Orlistat as it will not have any effect.
Alternatives to Generic 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). All three of these weight loss treatments contain the drug orlistat.
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% 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. It has also been shown to lower plasma insulin levels and fasting blood sugar levels, which should help control in patients with type-2 diabetes.
- Orlistat, Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/8703/pil
Orlistat, Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/8703/pil
How to take Orlistat
The Orlistat dosage is taken up to 3 times daily every day, 7 days a week, with or up to 1 hour after each main meal.
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 1 hour after eating. This will help to block up to one-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.
Each capsule contains the active ingredient: Orlistat 120 mg.
Orlistat capsules contain the inactive ingredient: microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, sodium lauryl sulfate, povidone, and talc. Each capsule shell contains gelatin, titanium dioxide, and FD&C Blue No.
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
- 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)
- tooth/gum disorder
- irregularity of menstrual cycle
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 and other medicines
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.
- Antidiabetic drug (Acarbose).
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 120mg Capsules reviews
Orlistat 120mg Capsules FAQs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately Orlistat is only available in capsule form, as the generic treatment Orlistat 120mg capsules or the brand Xenical 120mg capsules.
No, Orlistat capsules must be swallowed whole, with water, for them to be effective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.