Generic Name: Orlistat
is this weight loss drug prescribed?
Xenical is believed to block the
absorption of dietary fat into the bloodstream, which then reduces the number of
calories you get from a meal sometimes resulting in rapid weight loss. Taken at the usual dosage
level, it is believed that fat absorption is reduced by almost one third. Also,
when combined with a low-calorie diet, it is used to promote weight loss as well
as to discourage the return of the unwanted additional weight.
This weight loss drug is usually
prescribed for individuals who are obese and for overweight individuals with
other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol
levels. The body mass index (BMI) is usually used to determine your weight
status by comparison of height and weight.
Important information about this
medication for weight loss:
Along with the reduction of
dietary fat, Xenical decreases the absorption of some fat soluble vitamins and
beta-carotene. It is strongly recommended that you take a multivitamin
containing vitamins A, E, D, K and beta-carotene once a day, at least two hours
before or two hours after taking Xenical to compensate for the loss of vitamins
When should this weight loss drug
not be prescribed?
You should not take this
medication if you suffer from chronic malabsorption syndrome, which is a
condition that prevents certain nutrients from passing from your stomach and
into your bloodstream. Also, you should not take this weight loss drug if you
suffer from cholestasis, a blockage in the supply of the bile needed for the
digestion of food. You should always avoid Xenical and similar weight loss
drugs, if it gives you an allergic reaction.
How should you take Xenical?
It is recommended that you take
this medication for weight loss during or for a period of up to one hour after
each main meal. You should follow a nutritionally well balanced, low-fat diet
that provides no more than 30% of its calories from fat. If you miss a meal, or
the meal contains absolutely no fat, you can skip the accompanying dose of
If you miss a dose…
You should then resume taking
Xenical at the very next meal. Don’t try to make up the loss with a double dose
as an extra dose will not help.
Store at room temperature in a
tightly sealed container.
Recommended dosage of Xenical-
Adults and children 12 years and older:
The recommended dosage for weight
loss is one 120 mg capsule three times daily with each main meal containing fat.
The results of a massive overdose
on Xenical are not really known at the present time, although the drug seems
relatively harmless according to most reports. However, any medication taken in
excess of the recommended prescribed amount can have serious consequences. If
you suspect an overdose seek immediate medical attention.
Some Information From The PDR
Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs