Orlistat is a powerful medication meant for people who are overweight or obese.
Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while taking orlistat, to make sure that the combination is safe.
Do not use XENICAL for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Lifestyle modifications alone have very limited success, necessitating the addition of pharmacotherapy to it. Orlistat works by blocking the enzyme that breaks down fats in your diet.
The disposition of orlistat appeared to be similar between normal weight and obese subjects. Patients on chronic stable doses of warfarin or other anticoagulants who are prescribed XENICAL should be monitored closely for changes in coagulation parameters see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. Your daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three meals.
Ask your doctor before use if you are taking the following medications:
Do not use in children younger than 18 years.
Consult your doctor for more details and about the risks of stopping early.
Although the classic combination of acute renal failure, jaundice, hemolytic anemia, and methemoglobinemia is seen most frequently, individual components can occur without the others, regardless of the renal function of the patient.
The therapy of this interaction seems unlikely to be clinically relevant in most patients, but the UK manufacturer of Alli, GlaxoSmithKline, recommends that patients taking amiodarone should consult a doctor before taking orlistat, and suggests that increased clinical and electrocardiogram monitoring may be necessary, with doses of amiodarone adjusted if its efficacy is reduced.
It usually starts to affect how you digest fat within one to two days. Taking more Orlistat than the standard 120mg does not accelerate weight loss. Orlistat works by blocking the enzyme that breaks down fats in your diet.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.