is a prescription weight-control medication containing orlistat,
which acts as a lipase inhibitor, useful for the long-term treatment
of significant obesity. Orlistat can also help to improve risk
factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high
blood sugar which, if not treated, could lead to other diseases such
as hypertension and diabetes.
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This medication is used with a reduced-calorie diet to help
significantly overweight persons lose weight. It also helps to
prevent regaining weight previously lost. Orlistat works by
blocking some of the fat normally digested by the intestine.
How to Uses
Take this drug by mouth, generally three times daily during (or up
to one hour after) each main meal that contains fat. Your daily
intake of fat, protein and carbohydrate should be evenly spread over
three main meals. If a meal is occasionally missed or contains no
fat, skip that dose of the medication. Because this drug can
interfere with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (e.g., A,D,E,K), a
daily multivitamin supplement containing these nutrients is
recommended. Take the multivitamin at least 2 hours before or 2
hours after this drug (e.g., at bedtime). The effects of this drug
may begin as soon as 1-2 days after treatment begins; noticeable
weight loss will take longer.
Fatty/oily stool, oily spotting, intestinal gas with discharge,
bowel movement urgency, poor bowel control, or headaches may occur.
If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Intestinal side effects (e.g., oily stool) may increase in intensity
if you exceed your daily dietary fat allowance. If you notice other
effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies,
digestive disorders (malabsorption or cholestasis), low thyroid
function (hypothyroidism), other metabolism problems (e.g., oxalate
kidney stones, hyperoxaluria). This drug should not be used if you
have anorexia nervosa or bulimia-type eating disorders. Tell your
doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. The
manufacturer does not recommend use of this drug during pregnancy.
It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while
using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication
you use, especially of: cyclosporine, "blood thinners"
(e.g., warfarin), drugs for diabetes (e.g., insulin), other drugs
used for weight loss. Cyclosporine should be taken at least 2 hours
before or after orlistat to assure maximum absorption of the
cyclosporine into your bloodstream. Do not start or stop any
medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center
or emergency room immediately.
Do not share this medication with others. Follow your
doctor-approved nutritional, reduced-calorie diet containing about
30 percent calories from fat. Also, exercise is recommended;
however, first consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near
the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your
usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature (77 degrees F, 25 degrees C) away from
light and moisture. KEEP THIS AND ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed that
taking this medication is safe, appropriate or effective for you.
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