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Weight loss tablets can help you achieve a healthy weight. In order to benefit from the treatment, you also need to stick to a healthy low calorie diet.

Order slimming pills online - DrEd offers prescriptions for the weight loss treatments Xenical and Orlistat. Xenical is the branded version of Orlistat and both work in the same way.

To place your order, fill in our brief medical questionnaire. One of our online doctors will review your order and approve a prescription for appropriate treatment.

Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

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How do slimming pills work?

The weight loss treatments Orlistat and Xenical prevent your body digesting all of the fat you eat. They thereby reduce the amount of calories you take in from your food. The tablets are not very effective on their own but can help you lose weight quicker, if you stick to a low calorie diet and avoid snacks between meals.

How to take the tablets

You need to take one tablet with your breakfast, one with your lunch and one with your dinner. Avoid having fatty or otherwise unhealthy snacks between your meals. You don’t need to take a tablet when you eat a meal which does not contain any fat, as the tablets only limit your calorie intake from fat.

You can take the tablets before, during or up to one hour after your meal. Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water.

Each tablet contains 120mg of orlistat, the active ingredient in Xenical.

When you are first prescribed Xenical or Orlistat, you will be given a 12 week supply. After 12 weeks of taking weight loss tablets you will need a new prescription. If you have lost 5% of your body weight or more by this time you can continue your diet and treatment. If your weight hasn’t changed or you have lost less than 5% of your body weight then you will be advised to stop taking Xenical.

Who can use weight loss tablets?

Weight loss tablets are a prescription medication and a doctor needs to check whether they are suitable for you. They are suitable for patients who are obese and who have a BMI of over 30. In some cases, weight loss tablets are also prescribed to people with a BMI between 28 and 30 if they suffer from certain weight-related conditions, such as cardiovascular problems or diabetes.

You won’t lose weight from taking tablets alone and they are only suitable for you if you will be adhering to a low calorie diet during your treatment.

Eating a healthy diet

The most important step to take when you need to lose weight is to change to a healthy and balanced diet. You should eat a varied diet which includes plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as starchy foods such as bread, pasta and rice. It should also include some meat, fish and dairy products. While you are trying to lose weight, it is important that you limit your consumption of fatty and sugary foods, including juices and soft drinks.

Cutting down on calories

The NHS recommends that when trying to lose weight, you should reduce your calorie intake to 600 calories below the amount you need.

How many calories you need to eat in a day depends on several factors, such as your sex, your height and whether you exercise. On average, men need to eat around 2500 calories a day while women require about 2000 calories.

In addition to eating a low calorie diet you need to exercise regularly, ideally for at least three hours a week.

What does “BMI” mean?

Slimming tablets are only prescribed to people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 28 and higher. The BMI allows you to check whether you are a healthy weight for your height or whether you are overweight.

You can calculate it very easily by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres and then dividing the result by your height in metres again.

A person who is 1.75m and weight 70kg for example has the following BMI:

70 kg (weight) divided by 1.75m (height) = 40

40 divided by 1.75m (height) = 22.86 BMI

What is a high BMI?

The BMI indicates whether you are underweight, a normal weight, overweight or obese:

BMI below 18.5 - Underweight

BMI between 18.5 - 24.9 - Normal Weight

BMI score of 25 or more - Overweight

BMI of 30 or more - Obese

In rare cases, people who carry a lot of muscle (for example professional athletes) can have a high BMI although they are not overweight. In general however, the BMI gives a good indication of whether you have a healthy weight or whether you should lose weight.

Being overweight increases your risk of many health problems, for example high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes.

Slimming tablets can cause side effects in some patients. More than one in ten users experience headaches, abdominal pain or discomfort and diarrhoea. Wind and oily discharge are also very common, as are low blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Xenical can also cause a number of less common side effects. For a full list of all possible side effects read the patient leaflet which comes with your tablets.

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

Prescription sent by mail

You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

Weight Loss Treatment

1 Order Prescription

Complete a fast and simple online health questionnaire

2 Doctor Prescribes

Doctor reviews your suitability and if appropriate issues your prescription

3 Prescription Delivered

We’ll send urgent scripts fast to any Irish pharmacy or the paper script to your address

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  • Delivery to Home or Pharmacy

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  2. Our GP prescribes your medication
    Our doctors will review your order and issue your prescription.

  3. Free delivery to your door or collect from the pharmacy
    Free delivery to your address is included. Or for urgent orders you can collect straight from your pharmacy

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