Orlistat

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Orlistat

Orlistat capsules are for those who suffer from obesity. It helps block the absorption of fat within the digestive tract. The end result is that fat molecules pass through the gut, into stool, instead of being processed and added to fat layers beneath your skin.

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One of the leading causes of death nowadays is obesity and it is estimated that a huge portion of the population suffers from this problem. In fact, the problem has grown to an alarming proportion that a lot of agencies from government to private groups are pushing for ways to lose weight. These methods range from fad diets to exercise machines, to medications, to something as extreme as surgery. Orlistat is one of those drugs that have been introduced so as to combat obesity.

What is Orlistat and how does it work?

Orlistat is a prescription drug but it does have a form that is sold over-the-counter. It is primarily designed to treat obesity by preventing the body from absorbing the fats that you eat. The drug acts on the lipase inhibitor in the body which reduces the overall calorie intake of the person. Because of this calorie intake reduction, obese people can expect to lose weight even while eating the same items as long as they still spend more calories than what they ingest aside from the fats. This is why this medicine is used along with supervised reduced-caloric diet so as to be effective. This medication has a definite effect although it is small if on its own which is why it needs to be part of a proper weight loss program for it to be effective.

Contraindications for use

Despite how effective it is, just like any kind of drug, it will have certain drug-to-drug interactions that you need to be wary of. It can also affect your body differently so you need to take the medication carefully. For instance, pregnant women should take this medication as weight loss is ill-advised when pregnant. The loss of dietary fats may also cause problems for the developing child. Another sure contraindication when taking the medicine is allergic reactions. If you develop an allergic reaction to taking the medicine, then immediately stop taking it and seek medical consult immediately. People become allergic to various medications differently and the cause for such isn’t clear. However, if you experience an allergic reaction to the drug, then stop immediately since it can actually lead to death.

Side effects and precautions

As with other medications, since it has a positive effect in the body, as a consequence, it will have a negative effect in the body as well in response to the chemical changes in the body. Some of these may not be harmful to the body; just something different that you need to anticipate that might happen. One of the biggest side effects that Orlistat users get is a change in their bowel function. Since the drug inhibits the absorption of fats in the diet, then this means that the fat you eat will have to go out in pretty much the same form and way. This will mean that your stool will become fatty and oily. You may also experience an oily discharge that may happen without warning. This also increases your bowel movements per day as well as making it more difficult to control.

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