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A big hello to all on the forum!    biggrin

I have just started on the Orlistat journey and, wondered if anyone had experienced headaches when beginning to take them. I am on day 3 and have noticed I have a dull headache that I cant seem to get rid of. 

I know that Orlistat has side effects for some, but just wondered if headaches have affected anyone and if they subside sooner rather than later?

Thanks folks for all replies!

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    Hello,

    Yep had headaches for a couple of weeks all normal along with some nausea and stomach pains (not side effect pains)

    It will go in a couple of weeks

    X

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      Thanks Britney! I dont want to start down the path of, 'oh is this a side effect of the Orlistat' with every little niggle, but up until taking them, didnt have the headaches.

      Ive noticed feeling 'windy' enough to go and privately 'blow' to release the pressure (sorry is this TMI? lol), but have felt fine otherwise.

      Im a bit confused as to whether I should be eating very low fat as it states in the patient information leaflet not to take if there isnt fat in your meal? Im just keeping fat to a minimum and hoping for the best. My GP who is great, just prescribed and didnt actually advise. By chance I stumbled upon this great forum! Thanks for taking the time to reply!

       

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      Hi Dawn

      Your welcome

      wind is very common as long as there is no orange oil you will be fine.

      If you ate salad on its own or fruit and non fat yogurt for breakfast lunch/dinner do not bother taking as there is no fat present.

      only take when you have the 3 big main meals of the day

      Make sure your food is 5g per 100g no more than that 15g fat per meal and no more than 45g fat a day. I cannot ey 45g fat a day most people on these don't as long as your satisfied and full that's all that matters

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      Thats great info Britney! Even my own GP didnt suggest counting fat grams and just gave me the prescription. I looked on other websites etc but most people were saying just follow a Rosemary Conley Diet... but I want choice, whatever I am in the mood for (of course now fat gram counted). I almost rebel when I am faced with a diet sheet already planned out. Im now on day 4 and feel so positive just through finding this site. Thanks so much for your help! smile
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      That is great Dawn i think with anything in life if you want to suceed you have to be in the right frame of mind and you sound like you are! which is all good. I have always said the Doctors don't care it's easier for them to write out a prescription than taking 5 minutes to explain medication blimming ignorant!

      The webiste you mention was it one starting with the letter M by any chance? if it wasn't please ignore there is another website which deals with all different diets and they are the most cliquey bunch of  XXXXXXX ever!

      no problem and your welcome

      Britney

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    Today is day 4 for me and yesterday I had a headache too. I also felt quite weak so I blended up a fruit smoothie with 0%fat yoghurt and drank water and felt much better

    I slept amazing last night so im hoping i was just tired and today is a new day and sunday is bootcamp session at the gym which I love smile

    hopefully the headache will subside

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      Thanks huskylover, today its better than it was, just a very mild dull ache. But everyone says to drink lots of water, so Im going to keep doing that. I shuddered when you mentioned a gym bootcamp session... at this weight I can only just manage swimming, which Im going to go to three times a week. biggrin
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      Its taken alot of sweat blood and tears to do gym, I did 6mths of PT at home first (plus dog walking). Got fitter, lost about half a stone but a year on I still have 3 stone to loose. I do loads of exercise so clearly my 'what I considered to be healthy' diet needed a new phase...so here I am.

      Well done on the swimming, one of the PT's on biggest loser lost their weight thru swimming and diet

      ive found it helpful to do exercise during the summer when it was too hot for anything els

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    Hi, I had quite bad headaches for a few days, maybe six, I put it down to my sugar and fat intake being dramatically reduced and stopping drinking diet coke, but it's funny how our bodies adapt. good luck on your journey xx
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      Thanks cathryn! I too have stopped the diet coke. I would two or three cans a day. I havent had one since I started, so perhaps its the lack of caffeine. Your well wishes mean a lot... I will keep everyone posted on my first months loss! cheesygrin
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      Coke Zero has no sugar and tastes great when super chilled!!! No fat, no sugar, only 4/5 calories so it's a great replacement 
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    Hi Dawn,

    Headaches are just your body reacting to less sugar and rubbish in your diet. Drink masses of water and they should go. Make sure you are not eating too little as that can also cause headaches. Good luck x

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      Thanks for replying Lily... Yes I am trying to get as much water down me as I can. Its not as bad today, hopefully, like everyone says, its in those first initial days/week. I am so pleased I stumbled across this forum. So many useful tips and positive experiences!
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