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I don't wish to burst anyone's bubble but I have just read of some disturbing negative long term effects of taking Orlistat/Xenical on the internet and wondered if anyone has been warned about what could happen in the future by their GP if they continue for any length of time or what they should do if they experience significant side effects whilst taking the blueys?

I admit - I have been told nothing by my GP apart from read the instructions in the packet, but that is only what the manufacturers admit can happen not necessarily what could happen.

I know there are 'for and against' for most potions, but I'm not so sure i'd wish to experience these just to lose weight.

Look it up for yourselves..!

I'm off to the quacks to get a reality check on these...!

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    the only thing i have found on t'net or been told about is that orlistat can stop you digesting certain vitamins, so a vitamin suppliment would be advised, unless you have blood tests that would warn you of a vitamin deficiency
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    I have read it can increase your risk of Cancer, But this was on a non registered site and most things tell you this these days.

    Anything can increase your risk and they are saying that in 2012 the cancer percentage amongst us will be 3 in 5 - Which is scary.

    I really dont think this is something to worry about, I have worked in a research and development department within the NHS for 3 yrs before and i can promise nothing would be prescribed if it had not been tested and quality assured. If there is a dangerous matter or if there is a risk of anything long term from these the Doctor would HAVE to inform us!!!!

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    Before i started taking these tablets i read the clinical trials for them

    1. You can only take these for a year - After that they become less effective

    2. They have not conducted a trial for long term use - they are there as a short term boost

    3. They have conducted trials for up to 4 years usage and that is where the 1 year limit comes into play and within that the only effect seen was a reduction in fat soluble vitamins, and this is where a GP would advise a supplement

    4. Regular weigh ins are there to counteract any negative effects - Your GP should see you regularly to check that they are right for you

    5. The side effects which are seen are TEMPORARY, if you do not adhere to a low fat diet (i,e pies, roasts, oily fish) you will experience these on a constant basis but if you change your diet you these effects will not be seen

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    Hi

    I think I may one at fault for upsetting MSG with a reply as it has not been posted. I apologise if it was.

    I think everyone is entitled to their views and I do not mind if people bite back, honestly!

    I don't mean to offend and know MSG's comments are well thought of on this forum.

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    Hi there Hopetobeslimmer

    Your original post here was not offensive.

    You, like many others, searched out something that was not only of interest to you, but could also effect you medically.

    We all do it since having the internet so freely available, you are no different.

    Everyone here has the same access to google as yourself and can search out their meds just as you did.

    Many will be grateful for your informative and concerned post and will encourage them to research it for themselves and or question their GP about any effects be they short or long term.

    I personally thank you for your post as I know that GP's do not have to release any information about side effects of any drug.

    Melbi x

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    Hope to be slimmer

    It wasnt offensive - it just worried some of the girls on here!

    I wanted them to be aware of what was contained in the clinical trial report and that the Medicines agency here would not licence it if it damaged long term health

    You have said before that wou worked in the NHS, so will appreciate that some people are scared of going to the doctors for fear of looking silly etc

    I just wanted to put the message across for those who may have been worried about the tablets from the message, and that maybe would not really know where to start when reading the clincal trial results etc.

    I have googled these tablets and i for one can say i have never found any mention of damaging long term effects and that is why i asked for sources, so that i could read it for myself.

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    Jolly good

    Now all that has been sorted can we all get along please :D

    Please, please remember that not everything you read on the internet is written in blood and the only sure way of knowing what is or isn't good for you is by discussing your meds with your own GP.

    PUKE is not intended to replace your doctors opinions and knowledge, it is more for sharing your own experiences.

    So ladies and gentleman can I please remind you that what you read on these forums by other posters does not mean it is true or the best option for you personally. Only your GP can decide that as he/she is the person who holds all your medical history.

    You should never take what another poster says on here as gospel or what works/ed for them will necessarily work for you.

    Also, drug information can change very regularly as new effects etc are discovered. If you have any concerns about a particular drug you can read about them on Patient UK (Here)

    Alternatively make an appointment with your GP or speak to the pharmacists where you collect your prescriptions.

    Even a fully fledged GP would NOT come on here and start giving individuals personal assessments as they do not have access to your medical records.

    Hope you all have a great evening.

    Motorgirl, thanks for the PM, I have forwarded your message onto administration for their attention as I also have another PM I received from a poster of this forum.

    Best wishes to you all.

    Melbi x

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    Hiya hope to be slimmer,

    Hope you are ok and please dont be scared.

    I work for the NHS and know from experience too that when we are prescribed any medication, if you read the leaflet of side effects or check them out on the internet they can sound even scarier than actually taking the medication for the reason it has been prescribed!!!! :cry:

    When a drug is tested, any symptoms that the test subject has during a drug trial, is listed as a possible side effect so patients are aware. The problem is that when you see so many things listed it can be quite scary.

    So as Melbi said, if in doubt, ask your GP, that is what he is there for, and no question is silly, after all, your question or query is valid to you and may also be valid to many others who feel embarrassed to ask.

    Take care

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