Orlistat - Drug Information

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General Information on Orlistat

Generic Name : Orlistat

Pronunciation : or-li-stat

Latest prescription information about Orlistat. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiobesity Drug

Why is Orlistat Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a lipase inhibitor, prescribed for obesity in adults.  It works by blocking the digestion of fats from the diet.

When should Orlistat not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with reduced gallbladder function, malabsorption, who are taking cyclosporine, underwent an organ transplant and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category X :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

What is the dosage of Orlistat?

Adult- PO- The recommended dose is 1 capsule (60-mg) with each meal containing fat.

How should Orlistat be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Orlistat?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of gallbladder, liver, pancreas, or thyroid problems, sugar, kidney stones, received an organ transplant, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It should not be used in children.
Follow proper diet and exercise program as directed by your physician.
It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Orlistat?

   Gastrointestinal : Oily spotting, loose stools, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and loss of appetite.
   Central Nervous System : Headache and anxiety.
   Miscellaneous : Irregular periods, dark colored urine, hives, rash, itching and difficulty in breathing.

What are the other precautions for Orlistat?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Orlistat?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container.

♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA

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reginamartinez 

how do i order?

avijits 

how does the drug effect the metabolism of an individual.unless this is addressed the obesity problem is not addressed.

kittycatthunder 

Um... weird question, but have any ladies out there noticed that you have had better orgasms?

xena09 

I have been taking orlistat for about a month and a half and have noticed increased leg muscle and joint pain similar to a side effect I experienced with crestor and tricor Is it possible that orlistat does the same thing as these statin drugs?

Arun, Singapore 

Orlistat does not cause impotence.

Please check again. Quote your reference, where is it stated?

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