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Hi, I've just been prescribed Orlistat by my GP and I'm planning on starting in the next couple of days once I've got a plan for what I'm going to eat! I'm really terrified of the side effects, especially as I work with kids, so dropping everything and dashing to the loo is not always an option. The idea of having an accident in the playground, half a mile to the nearest toilet is just mortifying to me!
My diet's generally quite good, but I read that Orlistat treats the fat from an avocado the same as the fat from a Big Mac so I think I'm going to really have to watch my intake. The issue I'm going to have is that I often have to grab food on the go and make do with whatever breakfast bars we have, or whatever I can find at a cafe, and I just know these things are not going to be Orlistat-friendly. Does anyone know any good foods I could keep a supply of in my handbag (that won't make me feel like I'm eating polystyrene)? Flapjacks used to be my go-to emergency meal but they are too fatty for Orlistat.
Also, if I'm in a situation where I really can't avoid eating a fatty meal (like at someone else's house, or a restaurant, or if I get locked in a nuclear bunker filled with cans of spam) is there anything that can be done to save myself from two or three days of gastro-intestinal hell? Does Imodium help? Would skipping the Orlistat for that meal/day help at all?
I'm really excited about the prospect of actually losing some weight (I have PCOS and absolutely nothing I have done so far has shifted any of this extra 30kg I'm carrying) but I am extremely anxious about the side-effects.
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