Most prescription diet pills are appetite suppressants, but Xenical (or Orlistat) is a fat blocker. Used with a low calorie diet, Xenical can help with weight loss and weight management in the treatment of obesity.
Xenical blocks fat from the food that you eat from being absorbed into the body. It may as a consequence also block certain vitamins from being absorbed – hence it is important to supplement Xenical with multivitamins.
How do you take Xenical?
Take Xenical with a full glass of water. It is usually taken at the same time as any meal with significant fat content. Try not to eat high fat food with Xenical as it may cause side effects with your digestive system. Most importantly, remember that Xenical may flush out some vitamins from your system along with the fat, so supplement your diet with multivitamins.
Who should not take Xenical?
You should consult your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Chronic Malabsorption Syndrome, Gallbladder problems, a history of Kidney Stones, Diabetes, Anorexia, Bulimia.
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Xenical, as well as those who are taking other weight loss medicine or cyclosporine. Always check with your doctor first.
Xenical Side Effects
Users should speak to their doctors about any side effects that occur but I have listed some of the most common below. If you notice these side effects, stop taking Xenical immediately and call for emergency help:
Hallucinations or confused behaviour
Allergic reaction (typically swelling of the lips, tongue or throat)
High blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.
Other possible side effects include oily spotting, gas, oily or fatty stools, increased number of bowel movements or an inability to control bowel movements
Xenical – Interactions with other drugs
You should always consult with your doctor about every other medication you take, but here is a brief list of some drugs that have had reported interactions with Xenical.
- Medicine to lower cholesterol, including Lipitol, Baycol, Lescol and others