What is Orlistat?
Orlistat is a weight loss-pill, generally prescribed to people who suffer from obesity. It is the licensed generic version of the popular branded product from Roche Pharmaceuticals, Xenical. The drug can help you lose weight, but only if it is combined with a full bodyweight-loss program that includes dieting and exercising. Orlistat, taken with a meal, changes the way your body processes ingested fats.
About Obesity - Overview
In the UK, it is estimated that over 50% of the adult population is affected by obesity. This condition is one of the main causes of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Also, it affects the overall quality of life. Obesity is measured through the Body Mass Index (BMI), a formula that doctors use to diagnose the condition. To measure a person's BMI, first, take their weight in kilograms, divide it by their height in meters, and then divide the resulting number again by their height in meters. If the number is between 20 and 25, then you have the ideal weight. If the number is between 25 and 30, you are overweight and finally, if the number is 30 or higher, you are considered obese. Finding help is important if you are overweight and have difficulty losing weight on your own. There are several ways a doctor can help. A support program that includes a specific diet and exercise program is often recommended. In some cases, this can be accompanied by drugs like Orlistat.
How does Orlistat work?
The way the drug works is fairly simple. In the stomach and small intestine, certain enzymes, called lipases, extract fat from food and help your body store it as energy. Orlistat inhibits this process by preventing the enzymes from doing their job. In this way, the drug prevents fats from being absorbed by your body and excreted through the feces.
When you take Orlistat, you may experience side effects such as:
- Inability to control stool (incontinence)
- Low blood sugar
- Frequent bowel movements
- Pain/discomfort in the back
- Urinary tract infection
- Menstrual disorder
- Soft/loose chairs
Read the package leaflet to see the full list of side effects. Consult your doctor if any of the symptoms become severe or last for a long time.
Orlistat might not be suitable for you. Do not take this weight-loss product if you are:
- Allergic to Orlistat or other ingredients found in the drug
- Suffer from chronic malassimilation or liver disorder.
- Suffering from gallbladder problems
Please note this is not the complete list of contraindications. Tell your doctor about your current health condition to ensure this treatment is safe for you.
Interaction with other drugs
Orlistat interacts with other medications, including:
- Certain anticoagulants
- Medicines for thyroid disorders.
- HIV medications
- Drugs to treat seizures
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any other medication. Also, we encourage you to read the Patient Information Leaflet to see the full list of drug interactions.
Can I buy Orlistat online?
Yes, you can buy this product online. However, when you buy generic drugs online, it is important to check if the manufacturers are reliable and the pharmacy is certified. Some websites have pills that promise to lose weight quickly, but Orlistat is a licensed treatment that offers a steady and, above all, safe approach. Our platform is EU-certified and all of our collaborators are licensed. Fill out a confidential medical questionnaire and one of our doctors will assess your case. If approved, we will send you the product directly to your home, within 48 hours. Orlistat is the generic version of the medication Xenical.
How long can I use Orlistat?
You should take this medication for as long as your pharmacist/doctor prescribes, exactly as instructed. Weight loss normally starts within 2 weeks after taking the treatment and continues for 6 to 12 months.
What does Orlistat do to my body?
Orlistat blocks some of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body. Please note that this medicine is effective only when you use it together with a reduced-calorie diet. It is usually prescribed as part of a weight-loss program for overweight people or patients who suffer from obesity.
How many capsules should I take in a day?
You should take 3 capsules per day, with each main meal that contains some fat. If the meal does not contain any fat, you can skip taking the pill. Also, you may take the drug either with your meal or up to one hour after eating. Ask your doctor or pharmacist which is the best treatment plan for you.
How long does it take for the drug to start working?
Orlistat starts working from the first time you take it. The initial results will come within two weeks and the visible weight loss as a result of Orlistat happens within the first six months of taking the medication. However, keep in mind that you should combine this treatment with a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise. Take the capsules as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Order Orlistat online
You can order Orlistat online on our EU-certified platform. Keep in mind that our doctors will only prescribe this treatment if you have a BMI of 28 or higher. In case our doctors think Orlistat is right for you, a prescription will be issued. After that, our certified mail-order pharmacy will deliver the product directly to your home, within 48 hours. Start completing the online medical questionnaire now and order Orlistat at Apomeds.The prices include prescription & delivery.