Orlistat is used to help you lose weight by reducing the fat you absorb from food. It should be used with a low fat diet.
Take orlistat as directed with each main meal. Take with a glass of water.
Should an occasional dose be missed it need not be taken later.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
Diarrhoea, oily bowel motions
|More common when you first start. Reducing the amount of fat in your meals will help. Tell your health professional if troublesome.
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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