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Hi , I have just started a prescribed course of orlistat weight reduction support capsules. I have only been using them for 5 days but today have started to discharge a greasy / oily fluid from my bottom. This is not just a bit of spotting but quite severe. Other than this rather embarrassing side effect I have experienced no other problems. Should I continue to take the capsules?...Is there anything I can do to stop the discharge?...Andy
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  MasterDoc replied 8 years ago.
If it is a prescribed weight loss course the best advice would be to ask the prescribing physician. Having said that, whether or not to continue to take the medication depends on how uncomfortable this is making you. Regarding stopping it, a significant decrease in the amount of fat (as opposed to carbohydrate or protein) calories you eat would eliminate the problem.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes gathered that...but have been eating low fat diet this week as requested by the prescribing physician. I was surprised to have the discharge. If I concentrate even harder to eat virtually no fat diet with lots of fibre how long should it normally take for the fibre to take effect / to pass through my system and the problem dry up?...on such a low fat diet what's the point in taking the orlistat?
Expert:  MasterDoc replied 8 years ago.
Good questions! Some people are just very sensitive to it's effects. You are correct that since you only save a portion of the fat calories if you eat an essentially no fat diet it doesn't do much. Giving a precise time frame for resolution is difficult. I would estimate 24 hours.
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