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Do I need a prescription for orlistat?
You do not need a prescription for orlistat (60mg), however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that orlistat is the best choice for you. For higher doses of orlistat, a prescription would be required.
How do you take orlistat?
Orlistat should be taken with liquids during mealtime or up to an hour after eating. If you miss a meal or eat a meal that contains no fat, you should skip taking your dose of orlistat and wait until your next meal containing fat. For orlistat to work properly, you should aim to eat meals with around 15g of fat or less whilst sticking to a lower-calorie diet - following the correct guidance will reduce the likelihood of unwanted side effects and help you to lose more weight than through dieting alone. To find out the exact fat content you should aim for based on your weight, refer to the patient information leaflet.
What are the side effects of orlistat?
Like all medicines, you may experience side effects while taking orlistat. This drug can commonly cause diarrhoea, wind, or oily discharge when a strict low-fat diet isn’t followed properly. These side effects can be prevented if you follow your low-fat diet exactly as you have been advised. For information on rare side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet.
What does orlistat do?
Orlistat works by blocking certain chemicals in your gut that digest fat, meaning around a third of the fat you eat won’t be absorbed by your body. The undigested fat will pass through the body naturally - this is why it’s important to follow a low-fat diet whilst taking orlistat, as too much undigested fat can cause unwanted side effects like diarrhoea.