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Orlistat - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about 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, warnings and its storage instructions . 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

Trade Names/Brand Names of Orlistat

India : 


International : 

Alli, Xenical

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 be taken? (Contraindications)

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

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 for Orlistat?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container.

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reginamartinez, United States

how do i order?

avijits, India

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

kittycatthunder, United States

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

xena09, United States

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, Singapore

Orlistat does not cause impotence.

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