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    Orlistat
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Orlistat is a drug that blocks some of the fat that you eat from being absorbed by the body. It is used in the management of obesity including weight loss and weight maintenance when used with a reduced-calorie diet.

If you have chronic malabsorption syndrome and gallbladder problems do not take this drug without first talking to your doctor. Tell also your doctor also if you have a history of kidney stones, diabetes, anorexia or taking any weight-loss medicine. You may not be able to take orlistat or you may require a dosage adjustments or special monitoring during the course of treatment. If you are pregnant, do not take this drug without first talking to your doctor. It is not known whether orlistat passes into the breast milk.

Orlistat is available in capsule form. Take the drug exactly as directed by your doctor. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Orlistat is usually taken with each meal that contains fat. It can be taken during meals or up to one hour after a meal. If you miss a meal, of if you have a meal without fat; you can skip your dose of orlistat for that meal also. Take the missed dose up to one hour after a meal. If more than one hour has passed since your last meal, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication. If orlistat is taken with any meal that is very high in fat, there is an increased chance of digestive side effects. Do not take more of this medication that has been prescribed for you. Store orlistat at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Stop taking orlistat and seek emergency medical attention if you experience these side effects that include a rare allergic reaction that includes shortness of breath, closing of your throat, swelling of your lips, tongue, face or hives.

Symptoms of an orlistat overdose are not known.

Do not take orlistat without first talking to your doctor if you are taking cyclosporine, or warfarin medications. You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your course of treatment if you are taking those medications.

Orlistat may decrease your body’s absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins. To ensure adequate nutrition, your doctor may recommend taking a multivitamin that contains vitamins D, E, K and beta-carotene. Take your vitamin supplement once a day, at least 2 hours before or after a dose of orlistat. Do not take more of these medications that have been prescribed for you. Doses greater than 120 mg three times a day have not shown to provide any additional weight-loss benefit.

Orlistat is a white to off-white crystalline powder. Orlistat is practically insoluble in water, freely soluble in chloroform, and very soluble in methanol and ethanol. Orlistat has no pKa within the physiological pH range. Orlistat is available for oral administration in dark-blue, hard-gelatin capsules, with light-blue imprinting. Each capsule contains 120 mg of the active ingredient, orlistat. The capsules also contain the inactive ingredients microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, sodium lauryl sulfate, povidone, and talc. Each capsule shell contains gelatin, titanium dioxide, and FD&C Blue No.1, with printing of pharmaceutical glaze NF, titanium dioxide, and FD&C Blue No.1 aluminum lake.

Orlistat has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of Orlistat
Brand name: Xenical

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