What is Orlistat?

Orlistat is a weight loss aid available in over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that help promote weight loss in overweight adults when used in combination with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet.

What is Orlistat used to treat?

  • Weight loss

Common brands containing Orlistat:

  • Alli

Safety guide for Orlistat

Orlistat is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is safe and effective when used according to the Drug Facts label.

Ask a Healthcare Provider Before Use If:

  • You are taking the blood thinning medicine warfarin.
  • You are taking a medicine for diabetes or thyroid disease.
  • You are taking other weight loss medicines.

Do Not Use If:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Stop Use and Ask a Doctor If:

  • Severe or continuous abdominal pain occurs. This may be a sign of a serious medical condition.
  • You take too much. Immediately contact a healthcare provider or the poison control national helpline at 800.222.1222.

Safe Use Tips for Orlistat:

  • Orlistat is only intended for use in adults 18 years and older.
  • You should follow a well-balanced, reduced-calorie, low-fat diet.
  • As the fat passes out of the body, bowel changes may occur.
  • You may get gas with oily spotting, loose stools, or more frequent stools that may be hard to control.
  • Eating a low-fat diet lowers the chance of bowel changes.
  • Exercise is encouraged. However, you should speak with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
  • You should read the informational guides that accompany the medicine prior to beginning your weight-loss program.
  • You should not take more medicine than what the Drug Facts label says.

Side Effects:

  • Information Required