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Package leaflet: Information for the patient
Orlistat 60 mg capsules, hard
orlistat
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
You must talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you do not lose weight after taking Orlistat for 12
weeks. You may need to stop taking Orlistat.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Orlistat is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Orlistat
3. How to take Orlistat
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Orlistat
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1.

What Orlistat is and what it is used for

Orlistat is used for weight loss in adults aged 18 and over who are overweight, and have a body mass
index (BMI) of 28 or above. Orlistat should be used along with a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet.
BMI is a way to find out if you have a healthy weight, or are overweight, for your height. The chart
below will help you find out whether you are overweight and whether Orlistat is right for you.
Find your height on the chart. If you weigh less than the weight shown for your height, do not take
Orlistat.
Height

Weight

Height

Weight

1.50 m

63 kg

4' 10''

9 st 8 lbs

1.55 m

67.25 kg

5' 0''

10 st 3 lbs

1.60 m

71.75 kg

5' 2''

10 st 13 lbs

1.65 m

76.25 kg

5' 4''

11 st 9 lbs

1.70 m

81 kg

5' 6''

12 st 5 lbs

1.75 m

85.75 kg

5' 8''

13 st 2 lbs

1.80 m

90.75 kg

5' 10''

13 st 13 lbs

1.85 m

95.75 kg

6' 0''

14 st 10 lbs

1.90 m

101 kg

6' 2''

15 st 8 lbs

Risk of being overweight

Being overweight increases your risk of developing several serious health problems such as diabetes
and heart disease. These conditions may not cause you to feel unwell so you should see your doctor
for a general health check.
How Orlistat works
The active ingredient (orlistat) in Orlistat is designed to target fat in your digestive system. It stops
about a quarter of the fat in your meals from being absorbed. This fat will pass out of the body in
your stools. You may experience diet-related treatment effects (see section 4). It is therefore
important that you commit to a lower-fat diet to manage these effects. If you do, the action of the
capsules will assist your efforts by helping you to lose more weight compared to dieting alone. For
every 2 kg (4 lb) you lose from dieting alone, Orlistat can help you lose 1 kg (2 lb) more.

2.

What you need to know before you take Orlistat

Do not take Orlistat
• If you are allergic to orlistat or any of the ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
• If you are taking ciclosporin, used after organ transplants, for severe rheumatoid arthritis and
some severe skin conditions.
• If you are taking warfarin or other oral anticoagulant medicines used to thin the blood.
• If you have cholestasis (condition where the flow of bile from the liver is blocked).
• If you have problems absorbing food (chronic malabsorption syndrome) diagnosed by a doctor.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Orlistat:
• If you have diabetes. Tell your doctor who may need to adjust the dose of your anti-diabetic
medicine.
• If you have kidney disease. Talk to your doctor before taking Orlistat if you have problems
with your kidneys. The use of orlistat may be associated with kidney stones in patients
suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Children and adolescents
This medicine must not be taken by children and adolescents under 18 years old because no data on
efficacy and safety are available.
Other medicines and Orlistat
Orlistat may affect some medicines you have to take.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines.
Do not take Orlistat with these medicines:
• Ciclosporin: ciclosporin is used after organ transplants, for severe rheumatoid arthritis and some
severe skin conditions.
• Warfarin or other medicines used to thin the blood.
The oral contraceptive pill and Orlistat:
• The oral contraceptive pill may be less effective if you get severe diarrhoea. Use an extra method
of contraception if you get severe diarrhoea.
Multivitamins and Orlistat:

• You should take a multivitamin, every day. Orlistat can lower the levels of some vitamins
absorbed by your body. The multivitamin should contain vitamins A, D, E and K. You should
take the multivitamin at bedtime, when you will not be taking Orlistat, to help ensure that the
vitamins are absorbed.
Talk to your doctor before taking Orlistat if you are taking:
• amiodarone, used for heart rhythm problems.
• acarbose (an anti-diabetic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus). Orlistat is not
recommended for people taking acarbose.
• a thyroid medicine (levothyroxine) as it may be necessary to adjust your dose and take your
medicines at different times of the day.
• a medicine for epilepsy as any changes in the frequency and severity of your convulsions should
be discussed with your doctor; it may be necessary to take orlistat and your medicine for epilepsy
at different times of the day.
• medicines to treat HIV. It is important that you consult your doctor before taking Orlistat if you
are receiving treatment for HIV.
• medicines for depression, psychiatric disorders or anxiousness.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking Orlistat:
• If you are taking a medicine for high blood pressure as it may be necessary to adjust your dose.
• If you are taking a medicine for high cholesterol as it may be necessary to adjust your dose.
Orlistat with food and drink
If you eat a high-fat meal, do not take more than the recommended dose. Taking the capsule with a
meal containing too much fat may increase your chance of getting diet-related treatment effects (see
section 4). Make every effort to avoid any high-fat meals while taking Orlistat.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take orlistat if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Orlistat is unlikely to affect your ability to drive and use machines.

3.

How to take Orlistat

Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have
told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Preparing to lose weight
1. Choose your start date
Choose the day you will start taking the capsules ahead of time. Orlistat should be used along with a
reduced calorie, lower-fat diet. Try to start this diet before beginning treatment. Before you start
taking the capsules, begin your reduced calorie, lower-fat diet and give your body a few days to adjust
to your new eating habits. Keep a record of what you are eating in a food diary. Food diaries are
effective, because they make you aware of what you are eating, how much you eat, and give you the
basis to make changes.
2. Decide on your weight loss goal
Think about how much weight you want to lose and then set a target weight. A realistic goal is to lose
between 5% to 10% of your starting weight. The amount of weight you lose may vary from week to
week. You should aim to lose weight at a gradual, steady pace of about 0.5 kg (1 lb) per week.

3. Set your calorie and fat targets
To help you reach your weight-loss goal you need to set two daily targets, one for calories and one for
fat. For further advice see Further helpful information in section 6.
Taking Orlistat
Adults 18 and over
• The recommended dose is one capsule, three times a day.
• Take Orlistat just before, during or up to one hour after meals. This usually means one capsule at
breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure your three main meals are well balanced, reduced calorie,
and lower-fat.
• If you miss a meal, or your meal contains no fat, do not take a capsule. Orlistat does not work
unless there is some fat in the meal.
• Swallow the capsule whole with water.
• Do not take more than 3 capsules a day.
• Eat lower-fat meals to reduce the chance of diet-related treatment effects (see section 4)
• Try to be more physically active before you start taking the capsules. Physical activity is an
important part of a weight loss programme. Remember to check with your doctor first if you have
not exercised before.
• Continue to be active while taking Orlistat and after you stop taking it.
How long should I take Orlistat for?
• Orlistat should not be taken for more than six months.
If you do not lose weight after taking Orlistat for 12 weeks, see your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
You may need to stop taking Orlistat.
• Successful weight loss is not just about eating differently for a short period of time before
reverting to your old habits. People who lose weight and maintain the loss make lifestyle
changes, which include changes to what they eat and how active they are.
If you take more Orlistat than you should
Do not take more than 3 capsules a day.
If you have taken too many capsules, contact a doctor as soon as possible.
If you forget to take Orlistat
If you miss taking a capsule:
• If it is less than an hour since your last main meal, take the missed capsule.
• If it is more than an hour since your last main meal, do not take the missed capsule. Wait and take
the next capsule around your next main meal as usual.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten capsule.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Most of the common side effects related to orlistat (for example, wind with or without oily spotting,
sudden or more frequent bowel motions and soft stools) are caused by the way it works (see section
1). Eat lower-fat meals to help manage these diet-related treatment effects.

Stop taking the capsules and tell your doctor immediately if you get any of the following side
effects:


Severe allergic reactions: signs of a severe allergic reaction include: severe breathing difficulties,
sweating, rash, itching, hives (urticaria), swollen face, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, rapid heart
beat, and collapse.

• Bleeding from the back passage (rectum)
• Diverticulitis (inflammation of the large intestine). Symptoms may include lower stomach
(abdominal) pain, particularly on the left side, possibly with fever and constipation
• Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Symptoms may include severe abdominal pain
sometimes radiating towards the back, possibly with fever, nausea and vomiting
• Skin blistering (including blisters that burst)
• Severe stomach pain caused by gallstones.
• Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). Symptoms can include yellowing skin and eyes, itching, dark
coloured urine, stomach pain and liver tenderness (indicated by pain under the front of the rib cage
on your right hand side), sometimes with loss of appetite.
• Oxalate nephropathy (build up of calcium oxalate which may lead to kidney stones). See section 2
Warnings and precautions.
It is not known how frequently these side effects occur.
Other side effects:
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
• Wind (flatulence), with or without oily spotting
• Sudden bowel motions
• Fatty or oily stools
• Soft stools

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
• Stomach (abdominal) pain
• Incontinence (stools)
• Runny/liquid stools
• More frequent bowel motions
• Anxiety
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
• Increases in the levels of some liver enzymes
• Effects on blood clotting in people taking warfarin or other blood-thinning (anti-coagulant)
medicines
Tell your doctor that you are taking Orlistat when you have a blood test.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
Learn to deal with diet-related treatment effects

The most common side effects are caused by the way the capsules work and result from some of the
fat being passed out of your body. Such effects typically occur within the first few weeks of using the
capsules, before you may have learnt to limit the amount of fat in your diet. Such diet-related
treatment effects may be a signal that you have eaten more fat than you should have done.
You can learn to minimise the impact of diet-related treatment effects by following these guidelines:
• Start your lower-fat diet a few days, or even a week, before you begin taking the capsules.
• Find out more about how much fat your favourite foods typically contain, and the size of your
portions. By familiarising yourself with portions you will be less likely to accidentally exceed your
fat target.
• Distribute your fat allowance evenly across your meals for the day. Do not “save up” fat and
calorie allowances and then splurge on a high-fat meal or dessert, as you may have done on other
weight loss programmes.
• Most users who experience these effects find that they can manage and control them by adjusting
their diet.
Do not be concerned if you do not experience any of these problems. This does not mean that the
capsules are not working.

5.

How to store Orlistat

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label or carton after EXP.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25 °C. Keep the bottle tightly closed in order to protect from moisture. Use within
94 days after first opening the bottle.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines
you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Orlistat contains
The active substance is orlistat. Each hard capsule contains 60 mg of orlistat.
The other ingredients are:
• Capsule filling contains mannitol (E421), crospovidone, sodium starch glycolate, povidone,
sodium laurilsulfate, talc.
• Capsule shell contains Brilliant Blue (E133), erythrosine (E127), titanium dioxide (E171),
gelatin
• Capsule printing ink contains shellac, propylene glycol, black iron oxide (E172), potassium
hydroxide

What Orlistat looks like and contents of the pack
Orlistat 60 mg capsules, hard is available as hard-shell gelatin capsule filled with white to off-white
beads and consisting of blue opaque cap and blue opaque body. The capsule is axially printed in black
ink with "MYLAN" around the cap and "OST 60" around the body.

Orlistat capsules, hard is available in:
Bottles with desiccant of 42, 84 or 90 or 120. Do not eat the dessicant.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Mylan, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1TL, United Kingdom
Manufacturer
Gerard Laboratories, 35/36 Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Grange Road,
Dublin 13, Ireland

Mylan Hungary Kft., H-2900 Komárom Mylan útca 1, Hungary
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
names:
Czech Republic
Germany
Portugal
United Kingdom

Orlistat Mylan 60 mg tvrdé tobolky
Orlistat Mylan 60 mg Hartkapseln
Orlistato Mylan 60 mg cápsulas
Orlistat Mylan 60 mg capsules, hard

This leaflet was last revised in: December 2015

Further helpful information
Risk of being overweight
Being overweight will affect your health and increase your risk of developing serious health problems
such as:
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• Stroke
• Certain forms of cancer
• Osteoarthritis
Talk to your doctor about your risk of developing these conditions.
Importance of losing weight
Losing weight and maintaining weight loss, for example by improving your diet and increasing your
physical activity, can help reduce the risk of serious health problems and help improve your health.
Helpful tips on your diet and your calorie and fat targets while taking Orlistat
Orlistat should be used along with a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet. The capsules work by preventing
some of the fat you eat from being absorbed but you can still eat foods from all the main food groups.
Although you should focus on the calories and fat that you eat, it is important to eat a balanced diet.
You should choose meals which contain a range of different nutrients and learn to eat healthily for the
long term.
Understanding the importance of calorie and fat targets
Calories are a measurement of the energy your body needs. They are sometimes called kilocalories or
kcal. Energy may also be measured in kilojoules, which you may also see on food labels.
• The calorie target is the maximum number of calories you will eat each day. See the chart
further on in this section.
• Your fat gram target is the maximum number of grams of fat you will eat in each meal. The
fat gram target chart follows the information below on setting your calorie target.
• Controlling your fat target is essential because of the way the capsules work. Taking orlistat
means your body will pass more fat through, and therefore may struggle to cope with eating
as much fat as before. So by meeting your fat target, you will maximise weight loss results
while minimising the risk of diet-related treatment effects.
• You should aim to lose weight gradually and steadily. Losing around 0.5 kg (1 lb) per week is
ideal.
How to set your calorie target
The following table has been worked out so that it gives you a calorie target that is about 500 calories
fewer per day than your body needs to maintain your current weight. That adds up to 3500 fewer
calories per week, about the number of calories in 0.5 kg (1 lb) of fat.
Your calorie target alone should allow you to lose weight at a gradual, steady pace of about 0.5 kg
(1 lb) per week, without feeling frustrated or deprived.
Eating fewer than 1200 calories per day is not recommended.

You will need to know your activity level to set your calorie targets. The more active you are, the
higher your calorie target.
• Low activity means you do little or no walking, climbing stairs, gardening, or other physical
activity on a daily basis.
• Moderate activity means you burn around 150 calories per day in physical activity, for example,
walking three kilometres (2 miles), gardening for 30 to 45 minutes, or running two kilometres
(1.25 miles) in 15 minutes. Choose the level that most closely fits your daily routine. If you are
unsure which level you are, choose Low activity.
Women
Low activity

Moderate
activity

Men
Low activity

Moderate
activity

Below 68.1 kg
68.1 kg to 74.7 kg
74.8 kg to 83.9 kg
84.0 kg and over
Below 61.2 kg
61.3 kg to 65.7 kg
65.8 kg and over

Below 10 st 10 lb
10 st 10 lb to 11 st 11 lb
11 st 12 lb to 13 st 2 lb
13 st 3 lb and over
Below 9 st 9 lb
9 st 9 lb to 10 st 4 lb
10 st 5 lb and over

1200 calories
1400 calories
1600 calories
1800 calories
1400 calories
1600 calories
1800 calories

Below 65.7 kg
65.8 kg to 70.2 kg
70.3 kg and over
59.0 kg and over

Below 10 st 4 lb
10 st 5 lb to 11 st
11 st 1 lb and over
9 st 4 lb and over

1400 calories
1600 calories
1800 calories
1800 calories

How to set your fat target
The following chart shows how to set your fat target based on the amount of calories you are allowed
per day. You should plan to have three meals per day. If you have set a target of 1400 calories per
day, for example, the maximum amount of fat allowed per meal would be 15 g. To stay within your
daily allowance for fat, snacks should contain no more than 3 g of fat.
Amount of calories
you can eat per day

Maximum amount
of fat allowed per
meal

1200
1400
1600
1800

12 g
15 g
17 g
19 g

Maximum
amount of fat
allowed from
snacks per day
3g
3g
3g
3g

Remember
• Stick to realistic calorie and fat targets as this is a good way of maintaining your weight loss
achievements in the long-term.
• Write down what you eat in a food diary, including the calorie and fat content.
• Try to be more physically active before you start taking the capsules. Physical activity is an
important part of a weight loss programme. Remember to check with your doctor first if you have
not exercised before.
• Continue to be active while taking Orlistat and after you stop taking it.

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