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Those that have taken Orlistat will be aware of some of the side effects, especially those that occur when too much fat is eaten! There has been a supply problem with these tablets and I was unable to take them for about 6 months but have recently been able to recommence them. For me they have been very effective in helping me lose weight but having been off them for a while and now starting again I believe I have had some side effects that are not noted as possible side effects in the medical information and I would love to know if any others have had similar problems.
The first is that of hair loss! I have always had a very thick head of hair but have noticed that when I am taking the tablets I do seem to lose a lot more hair than normal. For me it isn't a major problem because my hair is so thick to start with but if I had thin hair in the first place I would be having visions of ending up practically bald!!
The second is of very dry skin and irritation. Previously I had put this down to general poor health and being overweight but this problem had disappeared whilst I was not taking the tablets (which I thought was due to my having lost weight and being healthier) but now I have started taking the medication again it has reoccurred.
Has anyone else had these side effects or indeed any other problems that they think could be attributed to the Orlistat.
At the end of the day for me they have been very effective in that I lost about 7 stone so I am quite happy to put up with any minor miseries!!
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