Xenical (orlistat) is a prescription medication used to aid overweight or obese persons with their efforts to shed pounds. Xenical offers hope to the millions of people around the world who suffer from obesity and weight gain disorders in achieving their goals at healthy, natural weight loss. Keep in mind that in order to lose the pounds that you want to, you must change your lifestyle, eating habits and your exercise regiments in combination with taking a fat absorption pill such as Xenical.
Only take Xenical as directed by a doctor. The recommended dosage level for Xenical is one 120-mg pill taken orally with water during every fat containing meal. In order for Xenical to work successfully you must maintain a nutritionally balanced diet that does not exceed more than 30 calories from fat during each meal. Xenical can be taken up to one hour after you have consumed a meal containing fat. Xenical is not intended to be taken more than three times per day, and furthermore, has not been shown to increase fat loss if taken more than the recommend three times per day. If you eat a meal that does not contain fat, you can choose to forgo taking a pill of Xenical to compliment the meal. If you miss a dose of Xenical do not double-dose, simply take the next dose during the next meal you eat containing fat.
Xenical is a powerful prescription medication that actually works to burn one-third of the excess fat contained in each meal you consume daily. Unlike other leading weight loss pills, Xenical focuses solely on targeting excess fat in your body. The human digestive system contains fat breaking enzymes called lipases, which help the body to break down the fat and process it in the system. Xenical attaches and targets these lipases enzymes, not allowing them to digest all of the fat consumed during a meal, allowing some of the fat to pass through the body in the bowel movements. This is how Xenical blocks roughly a third of all the fat that you consume during a day, which otherwise would be absorbed by your body.
Like all prescription drugs there are some side effects that can occur when taking Xenical. The side effects that can occur from taking Xenical include:
The above mentioned side effects occurring with stool and bowel movements usually occur during early points of the therapy and are common as the body sheds excess fat through the stool. In most cases these side effects can occur when you consume more than 30% fat during a meal. In many cases the side effects will cease during continued usage of Xenical.
While Xenical may be right for most people who are looking to lose weight it also may not be the right weight loss drug for some people, including those who currently suffer from a chronic malabsorption syndrome, or those who suffer from gallbladder problems. Those who suffer from kidney stones, bulimia, anorexia, diabetes or who are currently taking drugs containing cyclosporine may not be able to take Xenical, as well as women who are expecting, pregnant or nursing. Always consult with your doctor to make sure that Xenical is the right weight loss drug for your situation.
Xenical has been proven to work to reduce up to 30% of the calories from fat consumed during a meal. Xenical is not the one factor in you losing weight. You must adjust your meals, balance your calories and not consume meals that contain more than 30% calories from fat. Balancing your meals is the key to losing weight effectively with Xenical. Always ask your doctor is Xenical is right for you and your specific weight loss situation.
Physicians around the world signed off on more than 1-million prescriptions for weight loss drugs in the year 2007, making it the most prescribed year for weight loss drugs in history. As the popularity of these drugs increases, more people who suffer from obesity are turning to prescription medications, in combination with diet and exercise to shed those unwanted pounds and get their bodies back to a healthy state. Experts foresee this trend to continue in the tremendous growth that they are showing well into the next decade. Some even estimate that due to the amount of the overall obese populations in countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. that the usage of these prescription weight loss drugs will far surpass even their estimations in the years to come.
Important Patient InformationORLISTAT - ORAL (OR-li-stat) COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Alli, Xenical
IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
USES: This medication is used along with a doctor-approved reduced-calorie diet, exercise, and behavior modification program to help significantly overweight (obese) persons lose weight. Taking orlistat can also help prevent you from regaining the weight you have lost. Losing weight and keeping it off can reduce the many health risks that obesity causes, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, certain breathing problems, and a shorter life span. Dietary fats need to be broken down into smaller pieces before the body can absorb them. Orlistat works by blocking the enzyme that breaks down fats in your diet. This undigested fat then passes out of your body in your bowel movement. Orlistat does not block the absorption of calories from sugar and other non-fat foods, so you still need to restrict your total intake of calories.
HOW TO USE: If you are taking the over-the-counter product to self-treat, read all directions on the product package before taking this medication. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking orlistat and each time you get a refill. Take this medication as directed by your doctor, by mouth with liquid sometime during each meal that contains fat or within 1 hour after the meal, usually 3 times daily. If you miss a meal or your meal contains no fat, skip that dose of the medication. To decrease the chance of unpleasant side effects, it is very important that no more than 30% of the calories in your diet come from fat. Your daily intake of fat, protein, and carbohydrates should be evenly spread over 3 main meals. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. Because this drug can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins (fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, E, K), a daily multivitamin supplement containing these nutrients is recommended. Take the multivitamin at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking orlistat (such as at bedtime). If you take cyclosporine, take it at least 3 hours before or after orlistat to make sure the full dose of cyclosporine is absorbed into your bloodstream. If you take levothyroxine, take it at least 4 hours before or after orlistat. You should see some weight loss within 2 weeks after you start orlistat. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Changes in your bowel function often occur because of the unabsorbed fat. Fatty/oily stool, oily spotting, intestinal gas with discharge, a feeling of needing to have a bowel movement right away, increased number of bowel movements, or poor bowel control may occur. These side effects may get worse if you eat more fat than you should. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: symptoms of liver disease (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin), symptoms of kidney stones (such as back pain, pain when urinating, pink/bloody urine). A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking orlistat, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain digestive problem (chronic malabsorption syndrome), a certain gall bladder problem (cholestasis), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), kidney stones/problems (such as calcium oxalate kidney stones, hyperoxaluria), certain eating disorders (anorexia nervosa/bulimia), seizures. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). If you are diabetic, weight loss may improve your blood sugar control. Be sure to check your blood sugar regularly and tell your doctor the results. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet. This medication must not be used during pregnancy. Weight loss offers no potential benefit to a pregnant woman and may harm an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin).
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it has been more than 1-2 hours since your meal. In that case, skip the missed dose since most of the fat from your meal will already have been absorbed and the medication will not work. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details.
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