What is Orlistat?

Orlistat keeps the body from absorbing all of the fat in foods your eat, acting as a fat blocker. It is used in the treatment of obesity in combination with a reduced-balorie diet and weight maintenance. These patients often have certain risk factors due to their obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol or triglycerides making this a life saving medication.

Brand names for Orlistat include; alli and Xenical. Over the counter Orlistat (alli) is not to be given to those under the age of 18. Prescription Orlistat (Xenical) is not to be given to patients ages 12 to 18 without the advice of a Doctor. Orlistat is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control.

Orlistat Side Effects

There are many unwanted effects to Orlistat that come along with its desired effects. While uncommon, if you experience any of the following side effects it is recommended to seek medical attention to ensure your health and safety. These side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • tooth or gum problems
  • troubled breathing
  • wheezing
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • change in hearing
  • contagious diarrhea
  • dark urine
  • difficult or painful urination
  • earache
  • fast heartbeat
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • general tiredness and weakness
  • hives

Other side effects are more commonly seen and less serious. There is an adjustment period with you body, while that it occurring you may experience some of the following side effects. These side effects include:

  • Abdominal or stomach pain or discomfort
  • back pain
  • difficulty with moving
  • gas with leaky bowel movements
  • inability to hold bowel movement
  • increases in bowel movements
  • loss of bowel control
  • oily bowel movements
  • oily spotting of underclothes

Orlistat Use

Orlistat is a fat blocker that reduces the amount of fat your body takes in when eating.  This medication is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Most patients receive Orlistat are suffering from obesity  with risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol or triglycerides.

The over the counter brand name for Orlistat is alli, this medication is not to be used in persons under the age of 18 or by those with a history of eating disorders. The prescription brand name for Orlistat is Xenical, this medication can be prescribed to persons as young as 12 years old under Doctors supervision.

 

Orlistat Dosage and Directions

The average adult dosage and directions for Orlistat is 120 mg orally three times a day with each main meal containing fat. The dose may be taken during the meal or within 1 hour of completing the meal.

The average pediatric dosage with patients ages 12 years and older is 120 mg orally three times a day with each main meal containing fat. The dose may be taken during the meal or within 1 hour of completing the meal.