If you’re looking to lose or keep off weight, Orlistat Weight Loss Pills could be the right solution for you. Orlistat is a prescribed medication used by overweight people to lose weight or keep the weight that they have already lost. Usually, it is used alongside a healthy diet and exercise plan, as recommended by a doctor.
Read on to find out whether Orlistat is right for you, how it works and how you can buy it.
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Just like all medication, you should always buy Orlistat from legitimate and regulated services like Zava. Make sure your chosen vendor is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Orlistat is a prescription-only medication, so you need a doctor to prescribe it to you before purchasing it. Do not buy Orlistat or any other medication from an online vendor that isn’t prescribing it. This medication could be ineffective or unsafe.
Orlistat is a prescribed weight loss pill that is used to help overweight people lose weight. It does this by preventing them from digesting and absorbing fat.
Orlistat is for people who struggle with putting on or keeping off unwanted weight. It can be a good option for people who have tried other weight loss strategies but have been unsuccessful. It is important to note that Orlistat can only be prescribed to those with a BMI over 30 or over 28 with certain medical problems.
Orlistat works by changing how your body digests fat. When you take it, it blocks lipase, an enzyme found in the intestines that helps break down and digest fats. Once lipase is blocked, fat is passed through your body as waste instead of being absorbed.
Orlistat starts to work within 1-2 days after first taking it, but it can take up to two weeks until you start to see results. Most patients say they see the best results in the first three months of taking Orlistat.
Results will vary from person to person, depending on things like your start weight or any underlying medical conditions. Some studies show that Orlistat can help you lose up to 20% of your body weight in 3-6 months.
You should swallow your Orlistat capsules whole, washed down with water. Take Orlistat up to three times a day, with each meal that contains fat, or up to one hour after.
If you miss a meal or don’t have a meal with any fat, do not take a dose.
Orlistat is most effective when used in combination with other weight loss methods, like healthy eating and regular exercise.
For the best results, take Orlistat with meals that are high in nutritional value and are low in calories and fat.
Just like any medication, Orlistat has side effects. These range from very common to rare:
- Abdominal pain
- Oily and/or liquid stools
- Low blood sugar levels
- Upper respiratory infections
- The flu
- Rectal pain/discomfort
- Soft stools
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Lower respiratory infection
- Infectious diarrhoea
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Gum disease
- Muscle pain
- Feeling sick
- Allergic reaction
- Skin rash
- Abnormal liver function
- Internal bleeding
- Decreased appetite
- Inflammation of the vagina
- Visible Water Retention
Getting a couple of common side effects is perfectly normal when taking any medication. However, if you get side effects that begin to concern you, call 111 or see your GP.
When you consult your GP about Orlistat, make sure you mention any pre-existing conditions, as well as any medication you are currently taking. This is because Orlistat is known to have serious reactions with some medication or conditions.
These drugs are known to have an adverse reaction with Orlistat. If you are taking any of them, Orlistat will be unsuitable for you:
- Blood thinners, like Warfarin
- HIV medication
- Medication to treat fits (seizures)
If you are taking medication or have an existing health condition not listed above, be sure to still check with your GP before taking Orlistat.
The following conditions make it unsuitable for you to take Orlistat:
- Digestive problems
- Gallbladder problems
- Underactive thyroid
- Kidney stones
- Eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia
- Fits (seizures)
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Last reviewed: 25 Jan 2021