About Orlistat


What is Oristat?

Orlistat 120mg tablets are a prescription treatment for weight loss. The work by reducing the amount of fat your body absorbs. You need a prescription from a doctor to get Orlistat 120mg, however some online pharmacy services offer a free online consultation which then allows them to generate a prescription for you if suitable.

What is Xenical?

Xenical is the original brand name of Orlistat. It is slightly more expensive than the generic version of Orlistat. However both the generic and Xenical contain the same strength of Orlistat (120mg) and have the same effect to help you lose weight.

How Does Orlistat Work?

Orlistat works by reducing the amount of fat the body absorbs. This helps you reduce weight, as your body is not absorbing as much fat into the system. While Orlistat alone, can help weight reduction, it is recommended to think about improving your diet, and increasing the amount of exercise you do. Done together, a more weight loss is possible, as not only are you absorbing less fat then usual, but you are also helping burn existing fat reserves, and improving your diet to help keep the weight off when you stop taking Orlistat.

Who Can Take Orlistat?

Generally if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 28, you may see a benefit from using Orlistat or Xenical. Progress can take a few months to show obvious results, as weight loss will not happen overnight.

 If you are unable to lose around 5% of your initial weight after 3 months of taking Orlistat, it is unlikely that the medication is helping you to lose weight and you should stop. However, if you successfully lose at least 5% of your initial body weight, you are able to continue treatment until you reach a healthy weight.

Orlistat Side Effects

One of the most common side effect of taking Orlistat is having oily stools. This occurs as more fat is being passed through your system and into your faeces. Other common side effects may include

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increase urge to defecate
  • Flatulence
  • Oily discharge from anus
  • Oily or liquid stools
  • Tiredness

For more information on Orlistat – you can read the Xenical patient information leaflet.