Important Facts About Xenical (Orlistat)
Most frequent questions and answers about using Xenical (Orlistat) for obesity treatment
Xenical (Orlistat) attaches to the enzymes in your digestive system that aid the process of breaking down fats from your food. It then works to block the intake of about one-third of the fat in the food you eat.
Always follow the nutrition program recommended to you by your doctor in order to get the maximum benefit of treatment. As with any weight-control program, over consumption of fat and calories may reduce any weight loss effected.
Always take Xenical (Orlistat) tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are unsure, check with you doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Xenical (Orlistat), should be taken with a well-balanced calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables and contains an average of 30% of the calories from fat.
Your daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three meals.
You usually take one capsule at breakfast time, lunch time and dinner time. To gain optimal benefit, avoid the intake of food containing fat between meals.
As with any form of medication, Xenical (Orlistat) capsules have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Xenical (Orlistat). Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Xenical (Orlistat) capsules:
- Abdominal pain
- Urgent need to open bowels
- Oily discharge
- Liquid stools
- Low blood sugar levels
- Upper respiratory infections
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Xenical (Orlistat).
If you forget to take a Xenical (Orlistat) capsule at any time, take it as soon as you remember – provided that this is within one hour of your last meal. Following this, continue the Xenical (Orlistat) treatment as normal.
Do not take a double dose, and if you miss several doses, consult your doctor for advice.
If you are pregnant or are breast-feeding, ensure you consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Xenical tablets.
It is not recommended to take Orlistat during pregnancy and you must not breast-feed your infant during treatment with Xenical.