Orlistat for Obesity
How It Works
Orlistat prevents your intestines from absorbing some of the fat from the food you eat. When taken 3 times a day with meals or within an hour of eating, orlistat blocks some of the fat you eat from being absorbed. Instead, this fat passes through your intestines and is excreted in your stool. When you absorb less fat, you take in fewer calories, which causes weight loss.
When a meal does not have any fat in it, you do not need to take orlistat.
Orlistat does not affect your appetite.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy