Drug Uses Orlistat is the only FDA approved, over-the-counter weight loss product, represented as an innovative weight loss program. With Orlistat, you can lose about 50% more weight than with just dieting alone.
How to use
For overweight adults 18 and older, take 1 capsule with each meal containing fat. Use with a reduced calorie, low-fat diet and exercise program until you reach your weight loss goal. Most weight loss occurs in the first 6 months.
Drug Class and Mechanism
About 25% of the fat you eat is blocked by Orlistat. Typically, enzymes in your intestines break down fat from food so your body can absorb the fat. About a quarter of the fat you eat is prevented from being absorbed as the active ingredient in Orlistat attaches to some of these enzymes. Because undigested fat can't be absorbed, it passes out of your body instead of turning into calories.
If you miss a dose of Orlistat, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Orlistat at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Orlistat out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Do not use Orlistat if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Orlistat;
you have gallbladder problems;
you have cholestasis (a problem of bile flow from the liver to the intestines). Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Do not take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor. Exceeding the recommended dose will not make you lose more weight and may increase side effects.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Orlistat before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
The diet plan given to you by your healthcare provider must be followed. Your daily intake of fat should be divided evenly over 3 meals.
The risk of side effects involving the stomach and the intestines will be increased if you eat a meal high in fat while taking Orlistat.
Diabetes patients - Alli may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
you may need additional monitoring of your dose or condition if you are taking amiodarone.
Children younger than 12 years old should not be using Orlistat as safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Contact your doctor if you become pregnant. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Orlistat while you are pregnant. It is not known if Orlistat is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Orlistat.
Check with your doctor for possible Side Effects if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome: bowel movement urgency; gas with discharge; inability to control bowel movements; increased number of bowel movements; oily discharge; oily or fatty stools; oily spotting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur: severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent stomach pain.
Many individuals really need help with their dieting and Orlistat can make them the whole process a lot easier, since alli is not just a diet pill, it's actually a weight loss program, a plan to follow, a way to learn how to eat healthy and how to do healthy things for their body, to feel and function better. The one thing that Orlistat does very well is that it teaches you how to start eating low-fat foods, because Orlistat works with fats in your body. It blocks them from being absorbed by your digestive system and when that happens, your body does not store fat anymore; it gets rid of it effectively, through your digestive system.