Active Ingredients: Orlistat
If after taking it for 3 months you have not lost any weight, Xenical should be discontinued. What are the side effects of Xenical? All medications can cause side effects.
The majority of the common side effects experienced with Xenical are related to the way it works in your digestive system. These side effects are usually mild, occur at the beginning of treatment, and particularly after high fat meals.
Normally these symptoms will subside as you continue treatment and follow your recommended diet. How to take How To Take The recommended dose is one Orlistat 120 mg capsule by mouth with liquid at each main meal that contains fat.
You should take Orlistat up to three times a day in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet.
You should evenly divide your daily intake of fat, carbohydrates and protein over three main meals. Take Orlistat during meals or up to 1 hour after a meal.
If you occasionally miss a meal or have a meal without fat, you can omit your dose of Orlistat. Doses above 120 mg three times daily have not been shown to provide an additional weight-loss benefit.
Because Orlistat interferes with your body's absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins, you should take a daily multivitamin supplement that contains vitamins A, E and K and beta carotene once a day at least 2 hours before or after taking Orlistat, such as at bedtime.
Effectiveness How Effective is Orlistat? Orlistat has been extensively studied. In clinical trials, almost twice as many patients who received Orlistat, an average weight loss of 10 percent or more of their body weight in one year, compared to those on diet alone.
The studies were designed with all participants eating a reduced-calorie diet for 4 weeks, followed by the diet plus Orlistat or the diet alone for 52 weeks.
After 52 weeks, those taking Orlistat plus diet lost an average of twice as much weight as those who used the diet alone approximately 13.
Weight loss with Orlistat and a healthy diet also improves a number of weight-related health risks. Studies show that weight loss with Orlistat can: Decrease total and LDL cholesterol level of low-density lipoprotein-also known as bad cholesterol total: 2.
The most common side effects associated with Orlistat are wind with or without oily spotting, sudden or more frequent bowel motions and soft stools.
If you also take levothyroxine such as Synthroid, do not take it within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Xenical.
Xenical side effects Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Xenical: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Xenical and call your doctor at once if you have: severe stomach pain; severe pain in your lower back; blood in your urine, painful or difficult urination; kidney problems - little or no urinating; swelling in your feet or ankles; feeling tired or short of breath; or liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Common Xenical side effects are caused by orlistat's fat-blocking action. These are signs that the medicine is working properly.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. See also: Xenical side effects in more detail What other drugs will affect Xenical? Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Xenical if you are also using any of the following drugs: amiodarone; insulin or oral diabetes medicine; HIV or AIDS medications; seizure medicine especially if your seizures get worse while taking orlistat; a vitamin or mineral supplement that contains beta-carotene or vitamin E; or a blood thinner - warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven.
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