Lesofat is a brand name of orlistat. It is the same as Xenical which is a drug that acts as aid for diet or weight loss programs. Here is a review about orlistat Lesofat Â– more facts including warnings, safety and more importantly, on how to use Lesofat effectively. Read on.
Orlistat is a popular medication for weight loss support. Back then, it was only Xenical, but at the end of Xenical’s patent in 2009, trade names including Olisat (Biocon), Obitrol (Micro Carsyon), Orstat (Windlas) etc have been available in the market. In the Philippines, Lesofat is recognized as a cheap alternative for Xenical.
As an orlistat, Lesofat is a Gastro intestinal lipase inhibitor. It works by blocking the fats consumed by an individual. About one third of fat is prevented from being absorbed by the body and is flushed down via large intestines. Hence, with less consumption of fats means fewer calories and with this, is an ideal body weight.
However, not all can benefit from Lesofat. One may even double his weight through Lesofat treatment. Some consumers would blame the trade name. Some may tend to say that Xenical as the pioneer brand is better than Lesofat or any orlistat. Can this be true?
Lesofat is classified as an anti-obesity agent. It is an OTC or over-the-counter drug, manufactured by InnoGen Pharma. Lesofat is available in 60 and 120mg capsules.
Lesofat is indicated for overweight adults and can also be used for long term weight control to prevent weight gain. It is considered safe, especially for individuals who have high blood pressure and heart problems. As cited, Lesofat works on the digestive system unlike sibutramine (Reductil) and phentermine (Duromine) that operates on the central nervous system.
As an orlistat, Lesofat can lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Lesofat can be used by individuals 18 years old and above. It is to be taken 1 capsule three times daily with food or within one hour after the meal.
Lesofat is not necessary if a meal is missed; or if there are no fats included in the menu.
- Precautions and contraindications
Lesofat is contraindicated with individuals who have hypersensitivity to the drug. It is not to be used if the person has a gallbladder problem or a chronic malabsorption syndrome (cholestasis).
Lesofat is not recommended for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Fatty stool is a common side effect since orlistat works by eliminating the fats through the feces. Flatulence can also be observed and an increased number of bowel movements. With this, lesofat treatment is not advised when an individual needs to travel or needs to perform some serious tasks.
However, as cited by most users, these side effects are only experienced during the first three months of use.
A low fat diet can lessen the side effects. As great consumption of fats will tend to increase the discomfort, eating food with less fat will decrease the side effects.
When used with oral hypoglycemics like metformin or insulin, Lesofat can also offer additional sugar control. But, its effect should also be monitored to prevent hypoglycemia or low blood sugar which is also not good. While Lesofat may decrease the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin (Vitamin A, D, E and K); it can also diminish the effect of amiodarone, cyclosporine, levothyroxime and other thyroid hormones. It is important to take these medications at bedtime or two hours before taking Lesofat.
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Using Lesofat effectively
There are some individuals that cite that dieting is a waste of time. The use of anti-obesity agents such as Lesofat and other Orlistat equivalents will be effective but will only work for awhile. There are also those that gain extra pounds after Lesofat treatment. Families and friends would suggest other brands of orlistat such as Xenical since it is the pioneer brand. Contrary to this, any weight loss method depends mainly on the individual.
Lesofat, similar to its orlistat alternatives are only aid for weight loss. To make Lesofat work, one must change his lifestyle habits like eating less caloric food and undergoing an exercise program.
Health Problems with Lesofat and Orlistat
It is best to lose weight using a low fat diet instead of these medications, and your doctor can advise you the best. Our body’s need some fat in the diet to remain healthy. There is a big difference between healthy and unhealthy fat, and anyone that is overweight or obese needs to understand this.
Saturated fats are not healthy. Eating foods like potato chips, fried foods and backed foods like donuts are not healthy fats. Healthy fats include nuts and dark chocolate. If you include healthy fats only in your diet, you should not need these medications. If you take these medications on a healthy diet, you will be denying your body of the benefits of the health fats.
Women that are pregnant should not take Lesofat or Orlistat.
For Factoidz by Phoenix Montoya @ March 13, 2012
- Lesofat leaflet