What is Orlistat?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Alli Xenical

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Orlistat is used (either with or without a prescription) in conjunction with lifestyle modification to help people lose weight. It can also be taken to help keep weight off. It works by blocking the absorption of some of the fat eaten.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Obesity 19 5
Weight loss 12 5
Support weight loss 7 4
Asthma 1 0
Bowel Irregularity 1 0
Bowel problems 1 0

Show all 8 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Orlistat

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 4
Abdominal cramps 1
Abdominal pain 1
Anal leakage 1
Dehydration 1
Diarrhea chronic 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Orlistat

Dosage Patients
60 mg daily 1
120 mg daily 1
120 mg three times daily 1
360 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Orlistat

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 8
Doctor's advice 5
Expense 4
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See all 16 patients who’ve stopped taking Orlistat

Duration

Currently taking Orlistat

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Orlistat

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 0
Not specified 5

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Orlistat after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Phentermine (Adipex-P) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Orlistat

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LoneScout
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
41 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar I

See LoneScout's full Orlistat history

Apr 15, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight loss)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 180 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It feels like an antidepressant for me. (When combined with my current antidepressants - energy, happiness, positive thinking, ect)
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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