Active Ingredient: Orlistat
Try to anticipate this. Once you have lost some weight, you are more likely to keep your weight down if you stick to a healthy diet, exercise regularly if you are able and weigh yourself once a week.
See the separate leaflet called Obesity and Overweight for more details. Can I buy orlistat?
In the UK orlistat 120 mg is available on prescription from your doctor or as a private paid for service from some pharmacies through Patient Access. Low-dose orlistat 60 mg is also available to buy over the counter in pharmacies.
Pharmacists cannot just sell it to anyone. They are also expected to follow guidelines which include: Your BMI must be 28 or above.
Your BMI should be checked on each occasion that you request orlistat. You must be over the age of 18 years. You should not take orlistat for more than six months over the counter at the 60 mg dose.
Your pharmacist will also give you advice on an appropriate diet - a low-calorie and low-fat diet. Orlistat side-effects The main side-effects are caused by the fat which is passed out with your stools faeces.
These side-effects are less likely if you eat a low-fat diet. They tend to settle with time, possibly because if they occur they remind you that you should be eating a low-fat diet.
Other side-effects are rare.