Orlistat Review

OrlistatOrlistat is a kind of diet product that is available mainly by prescription (Xenical) but in some formulas as over-the-counter (Alli).  It is intended to reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs from your diet.

Orlistat Ingredients

Orlistat is also known as tetrahydrolipstatin, which works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase which is key in breaking down triglycerides in the intestines. This prevents about 30% of dietary fat from being absorbed.
Long-term studies have shown that about a third of the participants decreased body mass by 5% and less than a fifth decreased body mass by 10%.  These are fairly significant results

Common side effects with use of Orlistat or similar products is oily, loose feces and flatulence.  (Excuse me while I vomit.)  This is due to the excess dietary fat that is excreted undigested into the intestines.

Orlistat Pros

  • Significant trial results for some.

Orlistat Cons

  • High cost
  • Oily feces
  • Excess gas

Orlistat Conclusion

If you don’t mind the extremely unpleasant side effects , this product might be for you.  Though only less than a fifth of those who have used it in studies have lost significant weight, it still might be worth a try.  It is certainly not my first recommendation, but if you want to shell out the extra cash then help yourself.

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Recent Orlistat User Comments

5 Reviews

  1. amanda huxley
    January 29, 2009 @ 6:05 am


    hi, i used to be 19st then my gp had put me on orlistat, i had losed a staggering 6st, an feel much better, the only problem with this medication you cannot eat fatty foods, as your stools are very oily, an you would need to be near a loo, other wise apart from that i would reccomend them to any one who wants to lose weight, i cant wait untill you can buy them over the counter as i have put on a few pounds again, and my gp will not perscribe me them untill i have lost the weight again,

  2. gemma
    February 1, 2009 @ 7:19 pm


    have been taking orlistat since october 2008 at first they seemed to be working really well but for the last 2 months i just cant seem to loose any more weight

  3. sallie
    February 22, 2009 @ 1:28 pm


    ivebeen using xenical since november, i weighed 92.4kg now weigh 87.4kg im in my last few weeks weight loss is very slow though

  4. lesley
    June 13, 2009 @ 2:50 pm


    i used xenical but when i stopped using it, i put the 2 stone i lost back on and more besides

  5. Angel
    June 13, 2009 @ 8:23 pm


    I have been taking Xenical since march 2009.
    In total i’ve lost 47lbs so far. I teamed this with low fat foods. Yes there were the side effects but its working for me.

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