Orlistat 120mg is a type of medication called a lipase inhibitor which is used to help people who are overweight or obese to lose weight. Orlistat works by reducing the absorption of fat from food eaten. Orlistat is effective in weight loss by reducing the amount of fat being broken down and absorbed by the body.
Xenical is the branded medication developed by the pharmaceutical company Roche whereas Orlistat is the generic version of the medication. Both Xenical and Orlistat contain the same active ingredient of Orlistat which means the dosage and effectiveness are the same although Orlistat is cheaper in price than the more expensive branded named Xenical
The difference between Xenical and Alli
The medication Alli also contains the active ingredient of Orlistat and is also used for losing weight although Alli contains a lower strength dosage of 60mg whereas Orlistat and Xenical contain a strength dosage of 120mg. At this time Alli may not be easily available due to shortage problems which resulted from a manufacture recall of the product.
Who can take Orlistat
Orlistat is used to aid weight loss and should d be considered by those who have already tried other diets, exercise and weight loss programs and have been unable to achieve their desired results. Orlistat is clinically proven and extremely effective in aiding individuals shed fifty per cent or more of their weight.
Due to the strong dosage of Orlistat, it is only suitable for individuals who have body mass index BMI of over 30kg/m² or more, although it can also be ideal for dieters with a BMI of over 28kg /m² who are experiencing weight-related medical issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Before taking Orlistat, make sure that you check your BMI by using a BMI calculator for accuracy.
How does Orlistat Work
People who tend to take in more calories than what is needed by the body accumulate excess fat this then results in weight gain. When a person eats fatty foods their body tries to break down the fat for it to be properly digested. Taking Orlistat blocks around a third of the fat from the ingested food so it will not be digested by the body.
Orlistat works by reducing the absorption of fat eaten. Orlistat blocks the enzyme which is needed to break down fats it is not absorbed into the bloodstream and works locally in the stomach and small intestine to prevent the action of two enzymes called gastric and pancreatic lipases that are found in the digestive juices. This is then removed through bowel movements, instead of absorbing the calories from dietary fats.
Orlistat should not be regarded as a medication that suppresses the appetite. Orlistat is developed to function only in the digestive system and does not impact an individual’s brain, sleep, or heart rate.
Orlistat has proven to be extremely effective medication with over 100 clinical studies being undertaken and tested in more than 30,000 case study patients.
Weight Loss Targets
When first starting to take Orlistat, the first weight loss target will be to lose 5% of weight in the first 3 months. If this target is achieved you will be able to continue with the treatment.
If the dieter loses sufficient weight to achieve a BMI that is below 28 the dieter will no longer be supplied with this medication.
If weight has been gained by the dieter within the first 3 months of taking the medication it will be recommended that the treatment be discontinued.
If Orlistat has been previous taken but the dieter had not succeeded in losing weight, they can take a 6-month break from taking the medication and then try again.
Alternatively they can also consult with their health care provider for other options to lose weight.
This medication can only be prescribed for a maximum of 2 years, and when dispensed by the pharmacist the current weight information of the dieter is recorded.