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Cetilistat is used in obesity.

How it works

Cetilistat inhibits enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fat in intestine. Cetilistat thereby preventing the digestion and absorption of fats from intestine.

Common side effects

Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Headache, Difficulty in controlling bowel movements, Rectal pain, Sticky stools, Increased urge to pass bowels


Expert advice

  • It is recommended that the capsule be taken 1 hour before or after or during the course of a main meal.
  • It is also recommended that exercise and low fat diet to be followed while taking this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • It is important to inform the doctor of any other illness that you may have like diabetes or if you are taking other herbal or nutritional products.

Frequently asked questions


Q.Is cetilistat a steroid?
No. Cetilistat is not a steroid

Q.How does cetilistat work?
Cetilistat inhibits the activity of lipase, a lipolytic enzyme, secreted by the digestive tract and pancreas, and blocks the absorption of fat from the gut, resulting in reduced body weight.

Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)