Dosage Information

There is only one recommended orlistat dose, regardless of your age, weight, or other medications or medical conditions. However, the dosage for the prescription version is not the same as that for the non-prescription version.
(Click Orlistat Dosing for more information.)

Side Effects of Orlistat

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with orlistat. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Oily spotting (uncontrolled anal seepage of oil)
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • Gas with discharge of oil or stool.
(Click Orlistat Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Orlistat can interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Orlistat).
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