Orlistat 120mg Capsules is the generic (unbranded) version of Xenical. When used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet, Orlistat can be used for obesity management, including weight loss and weight maintenance.
Orlistat works in your digestive system to block one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested*.
The daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three main meals. Orlistat pills can also block the absorption of some vitamins. You may wish to take a multivitamin supplement along with making sure to keep a well-balanced diet, rich in fruit and vegetables.
To read the patient information leaflet for this product click here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.27329.latest.pdf
Keep out of reach and sight of children
*Disclaimer. Individual results may vary
The manufacturer of the product supplied may vary. Please read the patient information leaflet that is provided with the product.
The usual recommended dose of Orlistat 120mg is to take one capsule three times a day before, during or up to one hour after each main meal.
Avoid foods containing fat such as biscuits, chocolate and savoury snacks between meals.
Do not chew the capsule - swallow whole with a glass of water.
If you miss your meal or have a meal low in fat, you should not take your dose of Orlistat pills.
If you have been advised to take a multivitamin preparation, you should take it at bedtime or two hours after taking Orlistat.
The active substance is orlistat. Each hard capsule contains 120mg of orlistat.
The other ingredients may differ manufacturer to manufacturer please read the patient information leaflet provided with your tablets for all ingredients
Side Effects of Orlistat
With any medication you take, there is always a risk of side effects. Some are more common than others, and often side effects may subside with the regular usage of the medicine. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, or your GP.
Very common side effects
• upper respiratory tract infection
• abdominal pain/discomfort
• urgent or increased need to open the bowels
• flatulence (wind)
• flatulence (wind) with discharge
• oily discharge
• oily or fatty stools
• liquid stools
• increased elimination of stools
• influenza (‘flu’)
• low blood sugar levels (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes).
Common side effects
• lower respiratory tract infection
• rectal pain/discomfort
• soft stools
• faecal incontinence (inability to control your bowel movements)
• bloating (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes)
• tooth/gum disorder • urinary tract infection
• irregularity of menstrual cycle
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet.