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just had the bookman in at work and he has left the British Medical Association Concise guide to medicines & drugs.
Orlistat is listed and for anyone interested this is what it says:
\" Orlistat blocks the acton of stomach and pancreatic enzymes (lipases) that digest fats, so that the fats are not absorbed into the body but pass through to be excreted in the faeces. As a result the body must burn stored fat to provide energy, which gradually reduces fat stores and produces weight loss. The drug's effectiveness varies from patient to patient.
Because it works by making the faeces oily, flatulence can occur. It's effectiveness may be partly due to people reducing their fat intake to avoid the unpleasant side effects.
Onset of action - 30 mins, excretion of excess faecal fat begins about 24-48 hrs after first dose.
Duration of action- The drug is not absorbed from the gut and can continue to work as it passes through the intestines. Faeces return to normal 48-72 hrs after treatment is stopped.
Diet advice: Eat a balanced diet that does not contain quite enough calories, and that provides about 30% of the calories as fat. Eat lots of fruit and veg. The intake of fat, carbohydrates and protein should be distributed over the three meals.
On the side effects it says it can cause menstrual irregularities - which I didn't know and that's probably why I haven't seen anything since May :roll:
Anyway sorry this post is sooooo long but I thought a few people might be interested. :wink:
Have a good weekend
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