What is Orlistat used for?
Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor used to promote weight loss in obese people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m² or more. This medication is also prescribed to treat obesity in overweight people who may have elevated blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. It prevents the digestion and absorption of fat from the food you eat, and this undigested fat is eliminated in stools from the body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Orlistat?
Like other medicines, Orlistat can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Orlistat are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Orlistat cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Orlistat develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Orlistat can cause side effects such as bowel movement urgency, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, oily or fatty stools, and intestinal gas with discharge. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Orlistat.
What is the recommended dosage of Orlistat?
The dosage of Orlistat prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Orlistat is usually taken with a meal that contains fat.
What if you miss a dose of Orlistat?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Orlistat medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Orlistat?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Orlistat, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Orlistat?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Orlistat.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Orlistat, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Orlistat can interact with other weight-loss medications, diabetes medicines, and blood thinners.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Orlistat?
Is it possible for me to take Orlistat with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Orlistat?
What are the possible drug interactions of Orlistat?
How will Orlistat work in my body?
How should Orlistat be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Orlistat drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Orlistat is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.