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Chemical Name: ORLISTAT (OR-li-stat)
This medicine is a
gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor used to treat obesity.
Some medicines or
medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Cyclosporine
should be taken at least 2 hours before or after orlistat to assure
maximum absorption of the cyclosporine into your bloodstream. INFORM
YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter
medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other
medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF
THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of
malabsorption syndrome or gallbladder conditions. Contact your
doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about
taking this medicine.
directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS
MEDICINE COMES WITH A PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET. Read it
carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that
you may have about this medicine. Take this medicine with or up to 1
hour after each main meal that contains fat. Taking this medicine
with low-fat meals will lessen the side effects that can occur. If
you miss a meal or the meal contains no fat, do not take a dose of
this medicine. IF YOU ARE TAKING A MULTIPLE VITAMIN, take it either
2 hours before or 2 hours after taking this medicine. STORE THIS
MEDICINE at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), away
from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take
2 doses at once.
DO NOT EXCEED THE
RECOMMENDED DOSE. Exceeding the recommended dose will not make you
lose more weight. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while
you are using this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW
MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your
doctor or pharmacist. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in
breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine. IF YOU
HAVE DIABETES, this medicine may affect your blood sugar. Check
blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the
dose of your diabetes medicine.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that
may occur while taking this medicine include oily stools or
spotting, increased number of bowel movements, bowel movement
urgency, poor bowel movement control, or gas with discharge. If they
continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice
other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or
can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing
its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your
medicines interact with each other.
If you take too much
If overdose is
suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency
FOLLOW THE DIETARY
PLAN provided by your doctor. Your daily intake of fat should be
divided evenly over 3 meals. When you eat food high in fat you
increase the chance of side effects as listed above. DO NOT SHARE
THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE
THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of
the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD
OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.