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What is orlistat?

What is orlistat?

Orlistat: Also named xenical, is a drug developed to prevent absorption of fats & treat obesity. ...Read more

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Does orlistat really work?

Does orlistat really work?

It is not the fats!!: Orlistat works in very limited situations. Primarily, it is useful for reducing fat absorption. Therefore, if you have a diet high in fats, it may work. However, in many situations; it is not the fat that makes you fat. As the diet industry has attempted to limit fat, to make foods more palatable, the carb content has increased. So sad, now foods are processed and high in sugars. ...Read more

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Used orlistat for 1 month and lost 1.5 kilos, it's been 1week that i haven't used the pills anymore but i've gained 2 kilos already, what should I do?

Used orlistat for 1 month and lost 1.5 kilos, it's been 1week that i haven't used the pills anymore but i've gained 2 kilos already, what should I do?

Lifestyle : Unfortunately your story is a common one. Medications are not shown to lead to sustained weight loss although they have been recognized as kick starters. The most important factors in weight loss are diet and exercise. Not the answer you may want to hear. Focus on frequent, smaller portions, cut out excessive carbohydrates and polyunsaturated fats and sources of excessive sugar including soda. ...Read more

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How effective are the orlistat and Alli diet pills?

How effective are the orlistat and Alli diet pills?

Moderately: Orlistat (or alli) keeps the body from absorbing a lot of fat in the food. If you are able to stay on a low fat diet, you can lose weight on it. However if you eat a fatty meal, you can have diarrhea and intestinal discomfort. ...Read more

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How quick does orlistat work?

How quick does orlistat work?

No miracle pills: Must walk 60 min every day minimum the rest of your life. ...Read more

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How safe is orlistat if taken 3 times a day? What woykd happen if i take it more than 3 times a day?

How safe is orlistat if taken 3 times a day? What woykd happen if i take it more than 3 times a day?

Side effects: Taking more than the recommended dose increase your chance for side effects: flatulence, fecal urgency, anal leakage...there's no need to go above the recommended dosage. ...Read more

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At what week in pregnancy can I start taking orlistat safely?Is it at all safe in pregnancy?

At what week in pregnancy can I start taking orlistat safely?Is it at all safe in pregnancy?

Contraindicated: Not safe in pregnancy. Safety category changed from b probably safe to x contraindicated. You should not try to lose weight while pregnant. Make sure to eat a well balanced diet and continue to exercise to make sure your baby is healthy. Avoid all medications unless you speak to your obstetrician first. Take care! ...Read more