What You Need To Know About Orlistat – Diet Capsules

Losing weight and keeping it off reduces many health risks of obesity, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and a shorter life expectancy. But unfortunately, most of us struggle with losing weight, especially when using conventional methods of willpower, dietary changes, and exercise. This is why many people seek out alternative methods, such as diet pills, for assistance to achieve their weight loss goal.

Orlistat is pharmaceutical drug that limits how much dietary fat we absorb, which reduces the intake of calories and causes weight loss. Orlistat is only part of a complete treatment package consisting of a doctor-approved exercise program and reduced-calorie diet, where the daily intake of fat, carbohydrates, and protein are all evenly split between your three main meals.

Weight loss caused by taking Orlistat may improve blood sugar control for diabetics, while also modestly reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes and blood pressure, both at similar levels caused by positive changes in lifestyle and diet.

Medical Uses

Orlistat is used to assist with treatment of obesity. Orlistat works by inhibiting gastric and pancreatic enzymes that break down Triglycerides in the intestine, excreting them before they become absorbable free fatty acids. Triglycerides are a type of fat used to create energy, but too much is not a good thing. The amount of weight loss achieved with Orlistat varies, with clinical trials over a one year period showing between 35% and 55% of subjects decreasing body mass by 5%, and 15% to 25% achieving at least 10% decrease. When these subjects stopped taking Orlistat, a significant number of them regained up to 35% of the lost weight.

Dosage Information

This medication should be taken as directed by your doctor. The standard dosage of Orlistat is 120 milligrams taken by mouth with liquid three times per day before or during each meal that contains fat or within 1 hour afterwards. If you miss a meal or it contains no fat, your doctor usually recommends skipping that dose. This prevents around 30% of dietary fat absorption, and higher doses do not produce more increase the effects.

Side Effects

The most common side effects caused by Orlistat include stomach or rectal pain, diarrhea, oily spotting, fatty or oily stool, intestinal gas with oily discharge, urgent bowel movement, increased bowel movements, poor bowel control, itching, loss of appetite, lethargy, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice. Other less common side effects that may occur taking Orlistat include cold or flu-like symptoms, teeth or gum problems, body aches, or mild skin rashes.

Most side effects of Orlistat are only temporary reactions to the unabsorbed fat, so they are a good indication that the medication is working, and they may even decline with continued use. These side effects will likely get worse with excess fat consumption, but if they worsen while following the dietary recommendations correctly, notify your doctor immediately. To decrease the severity of unpleasant side effects of Orlistat, the fat content of your daily meals should be no more than 30% of your daily intake of calories.

Seek emergency medical assistance with any signs of allergic reaction including hives, breathing difficulty, or swelling in the face, tongue, lips, or throat. Stop taking Orlistat and contact your doctor if you experience severe upper stomach pain which spreads to your back, nausea, vomiting, and an increased heart rate. These combined side effects could be an indication of pancreatitis.


You should inform your doctor before taking Orlistat if you have liver disease, an eating disorder, an underactive thyroid, a history of pancreatitis of gallstones, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, chronic malabsorption syndrome, or you are already taking weight-loss medications.

Orlistat should not be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Orlistat may interact negatively with the contents of other drugs, especially those used for treating seizures, or blood thinners such as Warfarin or HIV medications.

Taking Orlistat to help with losing weight loss is definitely effective, but results can be quite modest. People using Orlistat lose an average of 4.4 to 6.6 pounds (2 to 3 kilograms) more per year than someone not taking the drug. 

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