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Xenical Information

Purpose Active Ingredient

Weight Loss orlistat

Drug names

Xenical, Alli

What is Xenical?

Xenical restricts some quantity of the fat you eat and does not allow your body to absorb that fat. Xenical is used to treat obese people who have some risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, triglycerides or high cholesterol. It’s used together with a low calorie diet and weight maintenance practice. Xenical can be used for reasons other than those mentioned in this medical guide as well.

Vital information about Xenical

You should not take Xenical if you have any one of these problems. You should not consume Xenical if you are allergic to orlistat, have chronic malabsorption syndrome (incapacity to absorb food and nutrients appropriately) or gallbladder problems.

Before taking Xenical, you should inform your doctor if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, underactive thyroid, eating disorder, a history of kidney stones or pancreatitis or if you intake other weight loss drugs (over-the-counter or prescription).

Over the counter orlistat should not be given to a child below 18 years of age. Anyone aged between 12-18 years should not use prescription orlistat (Xenical) without the opinion of a doctor. Xenical should only be taken by the person who is prescribed or recommended by a doctor and not by anyone else. It must not be shared with someone who faced eating disorder problems earlier. Keep the medicine in a safe and secure place, so that nobody can misuse it.

Xenical is a part of a full treatment program that also includes exercise, diet and weight control. Your regular intake of protein, fat and carbohydrates should be equally distributed in all the meals you take in a day. You should maintain the medication, diet and exercise routines strictly.

Things you should know before taking Xenical

You must not consume Xenical if you are allergic to orlistat, or if you have any of the problems mentioned below:

  • chronic malabsorption syndrome (an incapability to absorb food and nutrients properly).
  • Problems with gallbladder.

Tell your doctor if you have any allergy to any drug before taking Xenical, or if you have problems such as:

  • an underactive thyroid;
  • a history of kidney stones;
  • a history of pancreatitis;
  • type 1 or type 2 diabetes;
  • disorder in eating(anorexia or bulimia); or
  • if you eat any other weight-loss drugs (prescription or over-the-counter).

If you have any one of the aforementioned problems, you may perhaps not be able to use Xenical, or you might need an adjustment with the dosage, or during the treatment you may need to go through special tests.

Xenical is not expected to be injurious to an unborn child. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the treatment. Your body might not be able to absorb some vitamins essential for nursing a baby, if you take Xenical. If you are breast feeding a baby don’t use Xenical without informing your doctor.

What is the process of consuming Xenical?

You must take Xenical as it’s prescribed by the doctor or as it’s mentioned on the label. You should not take the drug in larger quantity or longer than it was advised by the doctor. Always follow the directions mentioned on your prescription label.

For the safe and effective use, Xenical comes with patient instructions and you must follow those instructions carefully. If you have any queries, ask your pharmacist or doctor. Consume Xenical with a glass of water. You should consume Xenical during a meal or within 1 hour after a meal that has some fat in it (not more than 30% of the calories for that meal). Xenical is generally taken 3 times per day. If you miss a meal or eat a fatless meal, leave out your Xenical dose for that meal.

In your daily diet, the fat content should not be more than 30% of the total caloric intake. For instance, if your total daily caloric intake is 1500 calories, the fat content should not be more than 450 calories. You should read the labels of the food items you eat and give attention to the number of servings each container. Your dietitian, doctor and nutrition counselor can guide you to grow a healthy eating habit.

While you are taking Xenical your doctor may suggest you to take mineral and vitamin supplements. Xenical can make it difficult for your body to absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K. Obey the doctor’s guidelines and use only the multi-vitamin or mineral supplement that he suggests. Eat the supplement minimum 2 hours before or after you take Xenical.

Store Xenical in a cool and dry place. Keep the lid of the bottle firmly closed.

How many pills you are using from each new bottle should be remembered. Xenical can be misused for weight loss and you must keep a track whether anyone else in your house is consuming it without a prescription or in an improper way.

What can happen if I miss a dose?

You should eat the dose immediately when you remember that you missed it, but not more than 1 hour after eating a meal. If you remember it more than an hour later, skip the missed dose and consume the drug at the next scheduled time. You must not eat extra medicine to compensate the missed dose. If you forget to take a regular meal or have eaten a meal without fat, you can leave out your dose for that meal as well.

What can happen if I take overdose?

If you think you have taken too much of Xenical, search for emergency medical help. The symptom of a Xenical overdose is unknown till now.

Things to avoid while taking Xenical

You should avoid a high fat diet. If you take Xenical with high fat meals, it can increase the risk of bad side effects on your stomach or intestines.

The side effects of Xenical

If you see any of these signs of allergic reaction such as hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your tongue, lips, face, or throat, you should get emergency medical attention. If you have relentless pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, vomiting and nausea and a fast heart rate, you should stop taking Xenical and call your doctor immediately. It could be symptoms of pancreatitis.

The side effects mentioned below are the common side effects of Xenical and they are the normal effects of fat blocking action. These side effects actually show that the medicine is working perfectly. These are temporary side effects and they generally reduce as your treatment progresses:

  • in your undergarments you may some oily spotting
  • oily or fatty stools;
  • in your stool you may see brown or orange colored oil
  • an oily discharge with gas discharge
  • an insistent need to go to the bathroom, loose motion, helplessness to control bowel movements;
  • multiple time bowel movements; or
  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, rectal pain.

Other side effects that may arise while taking Xenical include:

  • teeth or gums problems;
  • cold or flu symptoms;
  • headache, back pain; or
  • skin rash or itching.

Some other side effects may also happen that are not listed here. You should consult with your doctor about any unusual side effect or something that is bothering you.

What other medicines will affect Xenical?

Before you consume Xenical, inform your doctor if you are taking any of the medicines mentioned below.

  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
  • digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps); or
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

If you are taking any one of those medicines, you may need to avoid Xenical or adjust the dosage, or go through special tests during the therapy. There can be other medicines that are not listed here, but can affect Xenical. Inform your doctor about all the over-the-counter and prescribed medicines you use. You should tell all the herbal products, vitamins and minerals you use and the medicines prescribed by other doctors. You should not start using a new drug without informing the doctor first.

Where can I get more information?

The Pharmacists have the written information of Xenical for health professionals and you can read it if you want to.

What does my medicine look like?

Orlistat is available under the brand name of Xenical and you need a prescription to buy it, and the lower strength medicine is sold over the counter under the brand name Alli. Other generic formulations or brand may also be available in the market. If you are using Xenical for the first time and have any questions in your mind, you should ask your pharmacist.

Remember to keep this and all other drugs out of the children’s reach. You should never share your medicine with anyone else and use Xenical only for the reasons it is prescribed.

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