Orlistat-120mg-capsules (1)
Orlistat-120mg-capsules (1)

Orlistat Capsules (Generic Xenical)

From: £17.49

Orlistat UK capsules are a cost-effective alternative to Xenical, available from as little as £21.99. It works in exactly the same way and is commonly used all over the UK to treat Weight Loss.

Those who require this medication can simply complete a short consultation form to ensure it is suitable! There are no hidden charges & we also offer a FREE delivery service for all UK orders.

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    What is Orlistat?

    Orlistat is a medication commonly used in the management of Obesity as it can help achieve weight loss. Xenical is the branded version of this medication, produced by Roche Pharmaceuticals. Orlistat in the UK is licensed for use in people with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30. It may also be used in individuals who have a BMI over 28 and also suffer from other conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes.

    You can calculate your BMI here.

    How does Orlistat work?

    Orlistat acts by reducing the amount of fat absorbed from the gut into the body’s tissues. It binds to and blocks the action of enzymes called lipases, found in the small intestine. These enzymes are responsible for breaking down fats so they can be absorbed into the body cells, blockage of their action by Orlistat prevents fat breakdown and absorption. The unabsorbed fat passes through the GI tract and is out of the body in faeces. Orlistat stops absorption of approximately 30% of fat from the gut. The fat that is not absorbed then passes through the body and out in the faeces.

    This medication when taken alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise can help to reach your weight loss goals.

    How do I take Orlistat?

    The recommended dose of Orlistat is one capsule (120mg) three times a day. Orlistat should be taken with water immediately before, during or up to one hour after the main meal. This will allow for the active ingredient to attach itself to the small intestine. This will then prevent some of the fat you eat from being absorbed into the system.

    If you miss a meal or have a meal that does not contain any fat you should leave out the Orlistat dose. On the other hand, if you accidentally miss a dose of Orlistat you should take the dose as soon as you remember. However, this is only if it is within one hour of your last meal, if not you should continue taking the medication as normal with your next meal. Do not take any extra doses to make up for missed ones.

    Orlistat tablets should only be used as part of an overall weight loss programme. Its use should be accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise, with your weight being monitored closely. Orlistat should initially be taken for a period of 12 weeks; treatment may only be continued for longer than this if the patient has achieved a weight loss target of 5%.

    It is important to remember that weight loss is a gradual process. Even with tablets such as this, you will not experience weight loss straight away. Research has shown that those who take Orlistat tablets can lose as much as 50% more weight than just dieting alone. Should you look to continue the treatment following these 12 weeks we have an affordable Orlistat price that works for any budget.

    It is also important to note that Orlistat tablets are not disrupted by alcohol. Though it is not recommended to take this tablet with alcohol, you can still drink. Whether it is part of a drink with dinner, you can take this medication without any side effects.

    However, it is important to remember that alcohol consumption can be counterproductive. Though it does not affect the tablets, it does contain calories. This can be a hindrance when it comes to weight loss. Therefore, if you keep drinking and any excess snacking to a minimum, it will help to achieve your goals.

    What diet changes should I make?

    Patients should aim to have a well-balanced, mildly hypo-caloric diet (where calories burned outweighs those taken in), the diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables.

    Though normal changes such as reducing snacking are essential, you should also reduce the amount of fat in your diet. This can be achieved by cutting out dairy and sugary treats. This will not only help to keep balance, but it will also help to ensure the tablets work effectively.

    Whilst using Orlistat in the UK, patients should make a diet plan where calorie intake is divided over 3 main meals. Each meal should contain an average of 30% of calories from fat (i.e. if you have a meal containing 1000 calories, only 300 of those should come from fat). This will help to ensure the right balance of fat absorption.

    Orlistat tablets may interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), patients are therefore recommended to take a daily multivitamin as part of their diet. The multivitamin should be taken 2 hours after taking Orlistat or before going to bed. This will aid to ensure basic bodily function and overall health when using Orlistat UK medicines.

    In addition to diet changes, patients should also exercise regularly to optimise weight loss and manage obesity. Exercise should generally be taken 3-5 times a week and each session should last for 30 minutes. This will aid in the absorption of fat throughout your diet.

    Buy Orlistat in the UK

    If you are looking to use these as part of your diet, there are several pricing options. At Post My Meds, we offer a range of buying options for Orlistat UK medicines, which are as follows:

    • 2 Weeks
    • 4 weeks
    • 8 weeks
    • 12 weeks

    Each of our purchasing options allows you to buy Orlistat in the UK for the amount that you need. However, the volume that you purchase can affect the Orlistat price you pay. This is vital as this ensures you never run out. With our simple to use service, it is easier than ever to buy Orlistat online. Simply select the amount that you need and begin your consultation. We will ask you a series of questions about your body. These include your weight, height and BMI. This information will help us to safely determine if Orlistat tablets are right for you. Should your consultation be successful, we will then organise shipping to your door.

    We make it easy to buy Orlistat should you need it, allowing you to work towards your goals. With a simple and quick process, it could not be any easier. For more information on our treatments and what we can offer you, why not get in touch with us today.

    What are the cautions associated with taking Orlistat?

    Although Orlistat is a long established medication it may not be suitable for everyone. In some patients it should not be used at all, whilst in others it should be used with caution. You should always read the patient information leaflet of Orlistat before taking it to ensure it is safe for you.

    What are the side effects of Orlistat?

    Orlistat like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these.

    Orlistat side effects include:

    • Headache
    • Abdominal pain, bloating & discomfort
    • Fat or oily stools
    • Loose stools
    • Flatulence

    If you have a meal containing a very high proportion of fat, the possibility of gastrointestinal side effects when taking Orlistat will be increased. For more information about the side effects associated with this medication, please see the patient information leaflet.

    Where can I find more information on Obesity, Weight Loss and Orlistat?

    Please refer to the patient information leaflet for more information on Orlistat. To find out more information about Weight Loss see the Conditions category page.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 02, 2015 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Aug 02, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm