Orlistat and Alcohol
Orlistat is the generic name for this drug sold under brand names alli and Xenical and functions by blocking some of the fat you eat which stops it from being absorbed by your body. It is used in combination with a calorie reduced diet to treat obesity in people with certain risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides.
It is suggested that moderate drinking only while using this drug since alcohol has many calories and is counter productive when trying to lose weight.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Orlestat advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have chronic malabosrption syndrome which is an inability to absorb food and nutrients, gallbladder problems, underactive thyroid, history of gallstones, history of pancreatitis, liver disease, type 1 o3 2 diabetes, an eating disorder or taking any weight loss medications.
Less serious side effects are oily spotting in underwear, oily or fatty stools, orange or brown coloured oil in your stool, gas with discharge, oily discharge, loose stools, frequent bowel movements, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal pain, weakness, dark urine, clay coloured stools, itching, loss of appetite, jaundice, problems with teeth or gums, cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, headache, back pain or mild skin rash.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea, vomiting or a fast heart rate.If these occur get emergency medical help. This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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