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I've been on Orlistat now for about 2 weeks after having a very upsetting and patronising appointment with a locum GP at my surgery....who told me it takes healthy eating and exercise to lose weight - like I don't know that already!
I already eat a very low fat diet and wasn't convinced Orlistat would be the right way forward but she didn't like the appetite suppressant option as it can mean you need your blood pressure monitoring.
Well all I can say is I'd rather have to have my blood pressure monitored than suffer with these hideous side effects. I'm so disappointed after reading these posts that most people are absolutely fine and are not experiencing the same side effects are me - as I thought I was doing everything I could to avoid them. I'm self conscious enough about my size without having to be careful about being near a loo!
I'm in constant fear of \"accidents\" and have had a good few already and it's just so humiliating especially at work. For those who have posted about side effects - then yes it's a violent orange colour and the wind is awful. I constantly feel the need to go and am so conscious of breaking wind for fear of an \"accident\".
As a result, I'm rarely taking 3 a day as the side effects get worse and hence I've barely lost anything - a catch 22.
I was hoping I wouldn't be the only one and that I would get encouragement to perservere but alas it is not the case. I am either doing something incredibly wrong without realising or they just don't suit me. I keep food diaries and follow a low fat diet.
I am due back at the docs for my first weigh in on Mon 3rd Dec and will be asking to swap to Reductil. I have always felt it's my appetite that needs addressing rather than my diet.
How can I be expected to increase my exercise when fear of having an \"accident\" is constantly on my mind and a very real danger?
If anyone is experiencing the same I'd love to hear from you as I'm at my wits end.
Thanks for reading this.
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