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My doctor suggested I try Orlistat and gave the the Patient UK leaflet to read before I decided, but I wanted to find out how patients who have tried this medication have faired. I was really pleased to find this website and read some of the comments.

I too hope to post some positive results, I'm going back to see my Doctor on Thursday (11th October) so will let you know how I get on in the following weeks.


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    Hi Jean,

    I only started taking Orlistat during the past week so it would be interesting to see how we both fair having both started at the same time?! I have 3 to 4 stone to lose. I havent got much support off my doctor as he just told me to come back after I have used the 3 month supply of tabs, no dietary help, no regular weigh ins....feeling a bit left on my tod with it all, till I discoved this site that is!

    I havent had any side effects yet, which is making worry if its working for me so I have been experimenting a bit with fats but still no bad effects :? I have posted more in depth on this site about those worries so I wont go on about it here! Elaine

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    [color=darkred:e0c043b9f2]i have just started my tablets and i am in the same boat as you i have no info at all apart from the slip that comes with the tablets

    I'm not even sure how much weight i need to loose but i do see a dietician on a monthly basis but this a new thing for me as well as the tablets

    but i muct say today i have enrolled in the gym too which was a bit daunting as i go on my own .

    i also haven had any of the side affects or the orange oil that is spoken about on most feeds i have read on this site.[/color:e0c043b9f2]

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    Hi ladies

    I too started this week, saturday to be precise. I also have had no side effects and am grateful for this. I have sneekily weighed myself and found that I may have lost 2 lb but I thought that it may have been more. But I guess that I always want things to happen instantly. I will keep you posted on any changes re: oil and weight. Good luck everyone.

    D x

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    Hi all new ladies!

    Welcome to the site! :D

    I was on the little blue fellas for just over 8 weeks and I found the same as you's in the first week, not sure if they were working :?: But as I was sticking to a low fat diet the blueys didn't have anything to work on :roll: (I was eating less than 15g of fat per day) so I upped my fat intake and low and behold I started getting the 'orange oil' effect :oops:

    These blueys need fat to work, also I think your body takes a little while (maybe a week) to get 'into' you :wink: I ate a homemade burger (150g uncooked) with salad and the bun, next day......... :oops: I got it........ :!: So be patient and watch your fat intake :wink:

    If you look at past posts there's LOTS of info on fat intake and probably anything else you could think of asking so take some time to read coz everyone is experiencing the same and then some :!: :!:

    GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL :!: :!:

    Keep posting :wink:

    Onwards & downwards

    Li'l jan

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    Hi all the new gals.....and welcome.... :D
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    Hello All & welcome!

    Kirsty :lol:

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    :D WOW ive lost 5lb in weight in one week cant belive how its just falling off ill soon be in that size 12 dress for my party :D
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    Hi, just seen my GP this morning & he was alarmed at my weight gain. I have been on steroids for 17 years which doesn't help, but obviously the cakes & biscuits don't help either! He has weighed me & prescribed Orlistat & told me to come back in a month. I have a long term illness controlled by the steroids but also am recovering from a broken ankle & have arthritis in the knee of the other leg making life difficult walking etc. I am starting tomorrow as I have a date this evening & not sure what to expect re side effects! I am concerned reading about smells - is this just when you have the orange oil & wind or do you just smell even if those things don't happen? I have no sense of smell so won't know myself! I am an older lady with a toy boy (nearly 8 years younger) boyfriend, so I don't want to frighten him away!

    Re expected weight loss, I found it easy to lose 6lbs in first week on diet, but that was with taking diuretics as well.

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