What is 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. 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.
Orlistat 120mg capsules are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, 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 Online Doctor Weight Loss page. Free delivery is available when you buy two or more boxes of Orlistat.
Generic Orlistat, Branded Xenical, or OTC Alli?
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 of Xenical and are available 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 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. 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.
Many people decide to try Orlistat to aid their weight loss after reading the great Orlistat UK reviews available online.
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 dosage instructions:
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.
How does Orlistat work?
Orlistat binds to enzymes, known as lipases, that occur in your instensine and break down dietary fat in smaller molecules that can be absorbed. By blocking this process, Orlistat helps to prevent some dietary fat from being absorbed and and instead passed out when you have a bowel movement. As fats are very calorie-rich, reducing the amount of fat absorbed means that your calorie intake is reduced - aiding weight loss.
Orlistat is not absorbed into the bloodsteam so does not cause side effects such as sleeplessness, increased heart rate or other conditions sometimes associated with unlicensed diet pills.
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.
Orlistat results & weight loss targets
When combined with diet and exercise, Orlistat diet pills are usually effective in aiding weight loss. 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. It is important to look at a before and after shot of yourself whilst losing weight to keep motivation and keep a track of how the slow weight loss is adding up. It takes perseverance and resolve to lose weight and keep it off. 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 2 years.
Orlistat doesn't work for everyone - 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.
When you start exercising, take it really 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.
Non-medicinal & natural alternatives for weight loss
The key components of losing weight are maintaining a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. A balanced diet should include your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables and a varied intake of proteins carbohydrates, fibre and dairy. The average calorie limit for a male is no more than 1,900kcal a day and 1,400kcal for most women. On average an adult should be doing roughly 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling each week.
Now with these methods combined you should find that you can lose weight with out the help of medication. However, if you do resort to medication it is still recommended you try to have a healthy diet and good exercise regime. There are some very helpful guides and training programmes on the NHS Choices website.
XLS Medical and Alli (60 mg) are a 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 Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/8703/pil