In 2003, Australia began to distribute a new weight-loss drug, called Orlistat, available to consumers. Orlistat, also called Xenical, has been proven to be effective in the weight loss game. Many places require a prescription for this potent drug, but Australia sells it over the counter. If you live in the United States, you can order online without the protection of a prescription.
This is not a wonder drug, but it is very effective for some. There are customers who have lost as much as 10% of their weight in six months while using Orlistat. For others, the loss is much slower. Orlistat is taken when fatty food is eaten, which means you take at least three pills per day. What happens is a third of the fat that is eaten is blocked by Orlistat and the fat that isn’t digested is not absorbed into the body but is, instead, passed out through the feces. It is necessary to limit the amount of fat consumed in meals to 12g per meal, and no more than 40g for the entire day. A normal dose of Orlistat is 120 mg, three times a day. The cost is considerable, nearly $248.00 for a month’s supply.
If you plan to be successful, prepare to adhere to a low-fat diet and exercise plan as well. If you have lost at least 5% of your weight in the first three months, you can use it indefinitely. Don’t think you won’t have side effects. They include extra foul smelling stools and the potential for oil on your clothes. There is also a great propensity for diarrhea, stomach pains, flatulence and frequent bowel movements. Those unfortunate people with a malabsorption problem, that is, a condition where food is not absorbed properly should avoid this drug. So should anyone with cholestasis, a condition where bile does not flow properly from the liver to the duodenum. It can also interfere with the absorption of some medicines and vitamins.
This is out of the question for pregnant or breast-feeding women. But of course, pregnant women should not be on weight loss regimes anyway. It can also affect the way contraceptives work.
And this is a medicine that should not be available over the Internet. There is a possibility for the medicine to contain dangerous ingredients or it may be distributed by an unlicensed agency. Samples purchased on the Internet have been found to contain Meridia, a prescription weight loss medication that has dangerous side effects in some patients.
If you are smart, you will have a doctor or pharmacist evaluate your eligibility to use Orlistat. They should check your weight, height, age, and your health status. They should know if you have morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, and kidney disease. Along with your medical conditions they should also review your life states and events, and genetic influences. In many countries, a prescription is necessary to purchase Orlistat. However, it ships to the United States without one. Thanks to Australia, this drug is a little too easy to acquire without proper supervision. Let the buyer beware.