Xenical is a brand name for orlistat, a weight loss medication.
How It Works
Xenical contains an active ingredient called orlistat, which is a lipase inhibitor. Lipase is an enzyme that the body uses to break down fat molecules in the food so the intestines can absorb them. When the enzyme is blocked by drugs like orlistat, the body absorbs less fat.
Xenical is prescribed for patients to aid with weight loss or to maintain a healthy weight after previously losing weight. Xenical is suited only for individuals who are either clinically obese or overweight.
Xenical is prescribed with a reduced calorie diet to be effective. Only taking Xenical will not result in weight loss.
Xenical can be obtained over-the-counter or with a physician’s prescription. If Xenical is prescribed, follow the doctor’s instructions exactly as told. When using the over-the-counter version of the drug, follow the instructions exactly as detailed in the leaflet that comes with the package.
It should be noted that Xenical is not a miracle weight loss drug. Patients are strongly advised to eat healthy when taking Xenical. This medication will not be effective if you are consuming an unhealthy diet high in fats and sugars.
It’s also recommended to exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight.
Taking Xenical with high fat meals may cause discomforting side effects in the stomach or the intestines.
Xenical may cause the following common side effects:
Changes to bowel movement caused by unabsorbed fat
Oily or fatty stool
Oily spotting in underpants
Intestinal gas accompanies by discharge
Feeling the need to go to the bathroom right away
Poor bowel control or increased bowel movements
Taking lean meals low in fat can alleviate some of the above side effects.
The below side effects may also occur initially:
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Body or muscle aches and pain
Loss of appetite
Difficulty with breathing
General feeling of discomfort or illness
Loss of voice
Lower back or side pain
Inform a doctor if any of the above side effects do not fade within three to seven days, or become suddenly unbearable.
Xenical should be taken as a part of a well-managed weight loss program that includes diet and exercise.
Xenical should not be taken if you suffer from gallbladder problems, chronic malabsorption syndrome, or similar conditions.
Do not take Xenical when pregnant. Weight loss is not recommended for pregnant women.
Certain generic or obscure branded versions of Xenical are available for purchase online. Consumers are cautioned against purchasing these products. Xenical should only be purchased from a licensed pharmacy or a physician. Some versions of Xenical sold online contain dangerous ingredients such as sibutramine.
Control your diet when taking Xenical to get the best results.
Be aware that over consuming fatty foods when taking Xenical may exacerbate side effects.