What Is Orlistat Used For?
Orlistat is used for weight loss in both adults and children, although different forms are used accordingly. For example, only the prescription version (Xenical) is approved for use in children age 12 and over. Both forms of the drug work by inhibiting the action of enzymes that break down fat molecules, which decreases fat absorption. At this time, there are no off-label orlistat uses.
What Is Orlistat Used For? -- An OverviewOrlistat (Alli™, Xenical®) is a medication used to aid in weight loss. When combined with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet, it promotes gradual and modest weight loss.
The non-prescription version of orlistat (Alli) is approved for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or greater. The prescription version (Xenical) is approved for adults and children 12 years and older with a BMI of 30 or greater or a BMI of 27 or greater if they have other risk factors, such as:
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Xenical is approved to both help people lose weight and maintain weight loss.