HEXAL® 60 mg: Frequently asked questions

What is Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg? And how does it work? We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers about the diet capsules, which you will find here.

Orlistat is the only active substance recommended for accompanying drug therapy for obesity.1

Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg is a prescription-free medicinal product that is only available in pharmacies, which is used to support weight reduction. It helps you to lose up to 50% more weight than with a diet alone. Good to know: Orlistat is the only active substance recommended for accompanying drug therapy for obesity.1 In contrast to food supplements, medicinal products are approved in a strict test procedure. Clinical studies must be available that prove the efficacy and safety of the medicinal product.

The active substance orlistat is a lipase inhibitor, commonly also called a fat blocker. Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg inhibits the enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract that are responsible for the splitting of dietary fats. This means that about a quarter of the fat from your food is not absorbed by your body – so you absorb fewer calories and the effect of your diet is accelerated.

The effect of Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg is limited to the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the diet capsules have no effect on the brain or the cardiovascular system or cause sleep disorders. Learn more

Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg is suitable for overweight adults aged eighteen or over with a BMI (body mass index) of at least 28. The body mass index can be calculated using the following formula: BMI = body weight / (height in m)2. Or you can use our practical BMI calculator.

Take one capsule of Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg 3 times daily with a little water at meals. Make sure that your diet is low in both calories and fat. If you skip a meal or your meal doesn’t contain any fat, simply leave the capsule out. Do not take Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg for longer than six months. If you find your weight has not reduced after twelve weeks of using Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. You may need to stop taking Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg.

Take Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg immediately before, during or up to one hour after eating.

Yes, you can also take the capsules if you eat out. Simply order smaller portions in the restaurant and select low-fat meals or meals that have been prepared in a low-fat manner.

If you restrict your fat intake, you support the success of your weight loss. In addition, you can reduce the probability that, when taking Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg, dietary symptoms occur, such as bloating or the sudden urge to defecate. With a daily calorie intake of 1,400 kcal, the proportion of fat per meal should be approximately 15 grams. More information

The most common side effects (e.g. bloating, sudden urge to defecate) are associated with the mechanism of action of the capsules. This is due to the fact that increased amounts of fat are excreted by the body by taking Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg. These side effects usually occur within the first weeks after the start of treatment, since at this time the fat proportion in the diet has sometimes not yet been consistently reduced enough. If bloating or increased bowel movements occur, this could be a sign that you have ingested more fat than you should.

To achieve your diet target, you should reduce your fat intake. The diet capsules also ensure that more fat is excreted undigested and that you absorb fewer calories in this way. However, some vitamins require a certain amount of fat so that they can be absorbed. In order to ensure an improved supply of these fat-soluble vitamins, a multivitamin preparation with vitamins A, D, E and K may be taken daily before bedtime.

In principle, diabetics may also take Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg to support their weight reduction.* Before starting therapy, consult your doctor so that he or she may adjust the dosage of your diabetes medication if necessary.

No. Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg is lactose-free.

No. Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg is gluten-free.

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Lose weight more effectively with Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg:
Lose up to 50% more weight than with a diet alone

Orlistat HEXAL® 60 mg

The medicine with the triple effect

  1. Reduces fat absorption from foods by approximately one quarter
  2. Decreases calorie intake
  3. Accelerates the diet effect

info Orlistat is the only active substance recommended as supporting treatment for obesity.1