What Xenical is and what it is used for
Xenical contains the active ingredient Orlistat. Orlistat is a medicine used to treat obesity. It works in your digestive system to block about one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested.
How does it work?
Xenical attaches to the enzymes in your small intestine (lipases) and blocks them from breaking down some of the fat you have eaten during your meal. The undigested fat cannot be absorbed and leaves your body when you go to the toilet.
Xenical can be used by patients who have a BMI greater than 28 (to calculate CLICK HERE). Along with a low calorie balanced diet it can be a safe and effective way to help you with your weight loss goals.
How to take Xenical
The usual dose of Xenical is one 120 mg capsule taken with each of the three main meals per day. It can be taken immediately before, during a meal or up to one hour after a meal. The capsule should be swallowed with water. There is no point taking this medication if you have not had or are not having a meal.
Xenical should be taken with a well-balanced, calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables and contains an average of 30 % of the calories from fat. Your daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed evenly over three meals. This means you will usually take one capsule at breakfast time, one capsule at lunch time and one capsule at dinner time. To gain optimal benefit, avoid eating fat containing foods between meals (snacking) for example biscuits, chocolate and savoury snacks.
Xenical only works in the presence of dietary fat. Therefore, if you miss a main meal or if you have a meal containing no fat there is no need to take Xenical.
Xenical can hinder the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Patients are advised to take a daily multivitamin as part of their diet. The multivitamin should be taken at least 2 hours after taking Orlistat or before going to bed.
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 user in 10)
Headache, abdominal pain/discomfort, urgent or increased need to open the bowels, flatulence (wind) with discharge, oily discharge, oily or fatty stools, liquid stools, low blood sugar levels (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes).
Common side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
Rectal pain/discomfort, soft stools, incontinence (stools), bloating (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes), tooth/gum disorder, irregularity of menstrual cycle, tiredness.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can report adverse effects directly. CLICK HERE for more information.
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Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.