Peters, Michael
June 2004
BMA A-Z Family Medical Encyclopedia;2004, p569
Reference Entry
An encyclopedia entry for "orlistat" is presented. It refers to an anti-obesity drug used with a slimming diet for the treatment of severe obesity. It is different from appetite suppressants in that orlistat acts on the gastrointestinal tract, preventing the digestion of fats by lipases. The fats, instead of being absorbed, pass out of the body in faeces. Among its side effects are flatulence and faecal urgency.


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