What is Orlistat?
Currently, approximately 65 per cent of US adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Orlistat is used with an individualized low-calorie, low-fat diet and exercise program to help people lose weight . Prescription orlistat is used in overweight people who may also have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease. Orlistat is also used after weight-loss to help people keep from gaining back that weight.
Orlistat is in a class of medications called lipase inhibitors. It works in the intestines by blocking absorption of some of the fat in foods eaten. This unabsorbed fat is then removed in stools from the body.
Orlistat blocks your body's absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins and beta carotene. Therefore, when you use orlistat you should take a daily multivitamin that contains vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene. Read the label to find a multivitamin product that contains these vitamins. Take the multivitamin once a day, 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking orlistat, or take the multivitamin at bedtime.
What Weight-induced Health Risks might I face?
Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk of developing health problems such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Factors that can contribute to overweight include an abundance of high-calorie foods, low levels of physical activity, behavior, environment, and genetics. Multiple studies have shown that a modest reduction in weight improves health outcomes significantly in overweight or obese patients.
Orlistat, in combination with a professionally prescribed diet and exercise regime has been proven to be an effective weight loss medication.
How does Orlistat work?
Enzymes in your digestive system, called liases, help digest or break down fat. Taken at meal-time, Spier Orlistat attaches to the lipases and blocks them from breaking down about 25 per cent of the fat in the food you have eaten. Because of the way it works, Orlistat must be used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet containing about 15 grams of fat per meal.
The undigested fat cannot be absorbed and is eliminated in your bowl movements.
How Can I optimise Orlistat’s benefits?
You should evenly divide the amount of daily fat, carbohydrates, and protein you eat over three main meals. If orlistat is taken with a diet high in fat (a diet with more than 30% of the total daily calories from fat), or with one meal very high in fat, it is more likely you will experience side effects from the medication.
While you are taking orlistat, you should avoid foods that have more than 30% fat. Read the labels on all the foods you buy. When eating meat, poultry (chicken) or fish, eat only 2 or 3 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards) for a serving. Choose lean cuts of meat and remove the skin from poultry. Fill up your meal plate with more grains, fruits, and vegetables. Replace whole-milk products with nonfat or 1% milk and reduced- or low-fat dairy items. Cook with less fat. Use vegetable oil spray when cooking. Salad dressings; many baked items; and prepackaged, processed, and fast foods are usually high in fat. Use the low- or nonfat versions of these foods and/or cut back on serving sizes. When dining out, ask how foods are prepared and request that they be prepared with little or no added fat.
When Should I take Orlistat?
Take orlistat during a meal or up to 1 hour after a meal. If a meal is missed or does not have fat, you may skip your dose.
What are the side-effects of Orlistat?
Consuming a meal with too much fat, while taking Spier Orlistat , can result in bowel changes such as having an urgent need to use the bathroom. These changes, called treatment effects, generally occur in the first weeks of treatment, are not harmful, and can be managed by following your recommended diet with about 15 grams of fat per meal.
Side effects generally relate to changes in bowel movement (BM) habits. Some less-than-glamorous side effects include gas, oily discharge spotting on underwear or on clothing and an inability to control bowel movements.
As orlistat reduces the absorption of fat, it also reduces the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Users should take a multivitamin containing of vitamins A, D, E, K and beta carotene once a day, at bedtime, to compensate for this loss.
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