Orlistat Dosing

General Information on Dosing With Orlistat

Considerations for people taking orlistat include the following:
  • The medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth with each fat-containing meal, up to three times per day.
  • Orlistat should be combined with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. Eating too much fat increases the risk of orlistat side effects. In general, you should try to limit your fat intake to less than 30 percent of your total daily calories.
  • If you miss a meal (or have a meal without any fat), you should skip the dose of orlistat.
  • The medication can decrease the absorption of certain vitamins from the diet. Therefore, it is recommended that you take a multivitamin once a day, at least two hours before or after orlistat. Often, bedtime is a good time for many people taking orlistat to take their multivitamin.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed by your healthcare provider or by the package label.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to orlistat dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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