Xenical is a prescription weight-control medication useful for the long-term treatment of
Xenical can also help to improve risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high
cholesterol and high blood sugar which, if not treated, could lead to other diseases such
as hypertension and diabetes. Each Xenical capsule contains 120 mg of the active substance
orlistat, which acts as a lipase inhibitor.
Xenical is a weight loss medication that targets the absorption of fat in your body rather
than suppressing your appetite. Xenical is useful for long term use and has been shown to
be effective for 1-2 years. Dietary fats are inhibited from being absorbed and this allows
about 30% of the fat eaten in the meal to pass through the gut undigested. This helps you
to reduce and maintain your weight, as well as to minimize any weight regain.
How To Take This Medication:
Xenical is taken with each meal (three times daily). Your daily fat intake should be
divided equally between these three meals so you will benefit from Xenical's actions. Your
Xenical medicine should be swallowed with water.
Loose stools and increased gas or flatulence. These symptoms are generally mild, occur at
the beginning of Xenical treatment, go away after a short period of time and are
particularly experienced after meals containing high levels of fat. Normally, these
symptoms disappear if you continue Xenical treatment and keep to your recommended diet.
Xenical can cause changes in your bowel habits, such as fatty or oily stools, due to the
elimination of undigested fat in your stool. Xenical reduces the absorption of supplements
of some fat soluble nutrients, particularly beta-carotene and vitamin E. You should
therefore follow your doctor's advice in taking a well balanced diet rich in fruit and
CONTRA-INDICATIONS Allergy to Xenical® or chronic malabsorption syndromes such as sprue
or steatorrhea. Xenical® is not intended to be used in children or pregnant and nursing