Weight Management

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for our overall health and wellbeing.

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Do weight loss pills actually work?

 

If you’re looking to lose excess weight, adopting a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise is a great place to start.

 

Nevertheless, some of us might struggle to drop the pounds on our own and may need additional help.

 

That’s where weight loss medication like orlistat (Alli, Orlos, Xenical) comes in.

 

These weight loss pills, clinically proven to be safe and effective, are designed to treat obesity in people with a BMI of 30 and above (or 28 and above if you suffer with other weight-related conditions).

 

You must always check with your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist, however, to make sure this medication is right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 this medicine, as too much undigested fat can cause unwanted side effects like diarrhoea.

 

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.

Saxenda is a weight loss injection containing 3mg of liraglutide, a synthetic version of a hormone, known as glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1), that is naturally found in your body.

 

This hormone affects your appetite and lets your brain know when you’re full.

 

Liraglutide helps you to manage your weight by telling your brain that you aren’t hungry.

 

This results in a reduced appetite, making it a whole lot easier to stick to a lower-calorie diet by snacking less often or eating smaller portions.

In a clinical study of 3,731 patients, 85% reported weight loss whilst taking Saxenda.

 

3 out of 5 patients reported a weight loss of 5% or more, averaging a loss of 12lb.

 

1 in 3 patients achieved a weight loss of more than 10%, averaging 23lb lost.

 

6% of patients achieved a significant weight loss of more than 20%, averaging a loss of 47lb.

Fat binders, like XLS medical, are a supplement that prevents fat from being stored in your digestive tract.

 

They work by attracting the fat molecules in food and attaching to them before they can be digested.

 

By preventing the fat from being absorbed by your body, it will instead pass through your body naturally when you go to the toilet.

Alli contains the active ingredient Orlistat and is designed to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise to help you lose more weight - for every 2lb you lose, Alli can help you lose 1lb more.

 

Orlistat works by targeting the fat in your digestive system, stopping about a quarter of the fat in your meals from being absorbed by your body.

 

The undigested fat will pass through the body naturally; to avoid unwanted side effects like diarrhoea, it is advised that you follow a low-fat diet whilst taking this medicine.

Healthy weight loss doesn’t happen overnight, but eating in a calorie deficit with Saxenda should produce results from week 1.

 

At week 16, you’ll have a consultation with your doctor or pharmacist to check on your progress.

 

If Saxenda is working for you, you should have lost 5% of your body weight by this point.

 

Your doctor or pharmacist will renew your prescription if this is the case for you.

Prescription Weight Loss Treatments

 

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things we can do for our health - from preventing chronic disease to increasing energy and reducing pain.

 

Trying to tackle obesity with diet and exercise alone, however, can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.

 

That’s why we provide a range of prescription strength weight loss medications including Saxenda, Orlistat, Xenical, and Mysimba.

 

All you’ll need to do is complete a short online consultation with one of our prescribers to see if we can offer a suitable treatment for you.

 

Our pharmacy team will then dispense your prescription and send it straight to your door with fast, discreet delivery.

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