- Orlistat is used to treat obesity. It prevents the digestive system spending about one-third of the fat you have taken with food.
- Orlistat is indicated for the treatment of obesity in conjunction with a low calorie diet.
DO NOT TAKE ORLISTAT IF YOU :
- Are allergic to orlistat
- Have chronic malabsorption syndrome
- Have cholestasis
- If you are breastfeeding.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS:
- You will achieve the highest possible effect of Orlistat if you follow the dietary guidelines recommended by your doctor.
- This medicine can cause harmless changes in the intestinal activity, eg oily or oily stool caused by excretion of undigested fat in the stool. In addition, daily fat intake should be distributed equally between three main meals.
- Orlistat Sandoz is not intended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
OTHER MEDICINES AND ORLISTAT?
- Orlistat may affect the effect of:
- Acarbose (an antidiabetic medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes).
- Blood clotting medicines (eg warfarin
- Ciclosporin (a medicine that weakens the body's immune system).
- Iodine and/ or levothyroxine salts.
- Amiodarone (a medicine used to treat irregular heartbeats).
- HIV treatments.
- Orlistat reduces the absorption of some fat-soluble nutrients,
- especially beta-carotene and vitamin E. Therefore, follow your doctor's instructions when setting up well-balanced diets rich in fruits and vegetables and a multivitamin supplement.
- To reduce the absorption of antiepileptic drugs, orlistat may affect treatment anticonvulsants, which could lead to convulsions.
- Orlistat with food and drink Orlistat can be taken just before, during, or up to one hour after a meal.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you think you may be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
- Taking Orlistat during pregnancy is not recommended.
HOW IS ORLISTAT ADMINISTRATED?
- The usual dose of Orlistat is one capsule taken with every of three main meals per day. Orlistat can be taken just before, during or at least one hour after a meal.
- Stomach pain/discomfort
- Sudden or increased bowel drainage
- Stool leakage
- Oily or oily stool
- Watery stool
- Low blood sugar levels (found in some people with type 2 diabetes
- Pain / discomfort
- Soft stool
- Flatulence (occurs in some people with type 2 diabetes)
- Dental / gingival problems
- Menstrual irregularities cycle