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:
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.
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