What is Xenical?
Xenical is the brand name for the weight loss medication orlistat. This medication works by blocking some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body. Xenical is used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and weight maintenance to treat obesity in people with certain risk factors (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol or triglycerides).
Important Information about Xenical
Do not purchase Xenical on the Internet from vendors outside of the United Sates. This can be dangerous because the medication is not FDA regulated, potentially containing other ingredients that can be a danger to your health and safety. Online samples of Xenical have been found to carry sibutramine (Meridia), a prescription weight loss medication that can have dangerous side effects in its users.
Xenical should not be taken by someone with an eating disorder without speaking to a Doctor first. This medication can be addictive to those with an underlying medical condition such as anorexia. Never share this medication with others. Take as prescribed.
Patients taking Xenical should be 18 years or older, unless Doctor prescribed to a person over the age of twelve.
Xenical Side Effects
Along with the desired effects of Xenical there are often side effects associated with its use. While most side effects to Xenical do not require medical attention, others are more severe and require the paternity to seek immediate treatment. Most common patients will experience mild side effects, which should be brought to the attention of their Doctor at a follow up appointment, these side effects include;
- Abdominal or stomach pain or discomfort
- back pain
- difficulty with moving
- gas with leaky bowel movements
- inability to hold bowel movement
- increases in bowel movements
- loss of bowel control
- oily bowel movements
- oily spotting of underclothes
Other more common side effects require immediate attention of your doctor, include;
- Bladder pain
- body aches
- difficulty with breathing
- ear congestion
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- loss of appetite
- loss of voice
- lower back or side pain
- muscle aches and pains
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- sore throat
- trouble sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Xenical is used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and weight maintenance to treat obesity in people with certain risk factors (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol or triglycerides). This medication works by blocking some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body.
Do not share Xenical with others, especially those with a history of eating disorders. This medication could be abused by those with eating disorders, risking their health and safety.
Xenical Dosage and Directions
The recommoneded adult dosage and use directions are; 120-mg capsule three times a day with each main meal containing fat (during or up to 1 hour after the meal).
Patients taking Xenical should be maintaining a nutritionally balanced, reduced-calorie diet that contains approximately 30% of calories from fat. Over three meals a day the daily intake of fat, carbohydrate, and protein should be evenly distributed. The dose of Xenical can be omitted if a meal is occasionally missed or contains no fat.
Xenical has been shown to reduce the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins and beta-carotene, patients should be counseled to take a multivitamin containing fat-soluble vitamins to ensure adequate nutrition