The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition
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JACQUELINE L. LONGE, EDITOR
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Orlistat, also known as tetrahydrolipstatin (THL), is a drug used to treat in conjunction with a low-calorie, The anti-obesity drug is used as a medical aid to lose weight (weight loss) and to maintain that weight afterwards (weight maintenance). It is classified within the drug class called lipase inhibitors, where lipase is produced primarily in the pancreas. Orlistat is a crystalline power that is whitish in color. Chemically, it is the saturated derivative of lipstatin, which is isolated from The empirical chemical formula for orlistat is CHNO.