Weight Loss Medications Xenical (Orlistat) is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor used to treat obesity. Xenical (Orlistat) is a medication that can help considerably overweight people lose weight and keep it off. We know that managing your weight can be frustrating, and sometimes you need a little extra support. Support that you can't find in a pill alone. To succeed you may have to change the way you feel about food and about your body.
If you eat an excessive amount of fat or calories, the excess is stored as fat by the body, resulting in weight gain. When you eat fat, your body breaks it down into its simplest components so that it can be digested.
Unlike other weight-loss drugs you may have heard about that act in the brain or central nervous system to suppress appetite or to speed up metabolism, Xenical (Orlistat) works in your digestive system to block about one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested.
Enzymes in your digestive system, called lipases, help digest (or break down) fat. When taken with meals, Xenical (Orlistat) attaches to the lipases and blocks them from breaking down some of the fat you have eaten. The undigested fat cannot be absorbed and is eliminated in your bowel movements. By working this way, Xenical (Orlistat) helps block about one-third of the fat in the foods you eat from being absorbed by your body.
Follow the directions for using XENICAL provided by your doctor. XENICAL comes with a Patient Xenical Information Leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. Take XENICAL with or up to 1 hour after each main meal that contains fat. Taking XENICAL with low-fat meals will lessen the side effects that can occur. If you miss a meal or the meal contains no fat, do not take a dose of XENICAL. If you are taking a multiple vitamin, take it either 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking this medicine.
STORE XENICAL at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), away from heat and light.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF XENICAL, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
Xenical side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include oily stools or spotting, increased number of bowel movements, bowel movement urgency, poor bowel movement control, or gas with discharge. If Xenical side effects continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other Xenical side effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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