Xenical side effects:
side effects are more common during the first year of treatment, but as with
many other rapid weight loss medications cannot really be anticipated. If any
develop or change in intensity you should notify your physician immediately.
Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue taking this medication
if you experience these Xenical side effects.
The following are the most common
of the Xenical side effects:
Abdominal discomfort or pain,
anxiety, arthritis, back pain, diarrhea, dizziness, earache, fatigue, fatty or
oily stools, facial urgency or incontinence, flu, gas with fecal discharge, gum
problems, headache, increased defecation, menstrual problems, muscle pain,
nausea, oily discharge, rectal discomfort or pain, respiratory tract infections,
skin rash, sleep problems, tooth problems, urinary tract infections, vaginal
The Xenical side effects that
usually occur after the first year of treatment with this weight loss drug
include depression, leg pain, swollen feet, and tendonitis.
Special warnings about this
weight loss medication:
You should expect your weight
loss to begin within two weeks and to continue for six to 12 months. The effect
of using Xenical for weight loss for more than two years is still unknown. The
Xenical side effects such as diarrhea and abdominal pain may become worse if you
continue eating a high-fat diet or even consume a high-fat meal. You should
always limit your fat intake as much as possible.
Your doctor should test your
thyroid function before starting you on Xenical to make sure that your weight
problem is not due to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Xenical is
not believed to be an appropriate remedy for this problem.
Another problematic Xenical side
effect is that it may potentially increase the likelihood of kidney stones. You
should use Xenical with caution if you have a history of kidney problems.
If you have a history of
diabetes, weight loss is likely to reduce your blood sugar levels. If you’re
taking oral diabetes medication such as insulin, your dose may have to be
reduced while on this weight loss drug. Also, you should note that the safety
and efficacy of this drug in children younger than 12 years old has never been
What are some of the possible
food and drug interactions when taking this weight loss medication?
If this weight loss medication is
taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either can be increased,
decreased or otherwise altered. It is especially important to check with your
physician before combining Xenical with either of the following medications:
Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
What special information do I
need to know if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
The effects of Xenical have not
been adequately determined on women who are pregnant. If you’re pregnant or
planning to become pregnant, you should inform your doctor immediately. It is
not known currently whether Xenical appears in breast milk. Do not take it if
you are breast-feeding.
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