Active Ingredient: Orlistat
More Information What is Xenical and what is it used for? Xenical is a weight loss medication used to assist weight loss in obese patients with a BMI above 30, or for those with associated risk factors such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol and a BMI above 28.
Orlistat is also the name of the less expensive brand of Xenical. Both medications are medically equivalent.
They both contain the same active ingredient and the same amount of it. However, Orlistat is available at a lower price.
All generic medications available in the UK have to demonstrate equivalency and that they have the same effect in the body as the original brand before they can be sold.
Generic medicines are equally effective as the original.
Read the label of all food items you consume, paying special attention to the number of servings per container. Your doctor, nutrition counselor, or dietitian can help you develop a healthy eating plan.
Xenical is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Your daily intake of fat, protein, and carbohydrates should be evenly divided over all of your daily meals.
Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type of supplement to use. Take the supplement at bedtime, or at least 2 hours before or after you take orlistat.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed.
Throw away any unused Xenical after the expiration date on the medicine label has passed. Keep track of your medicine. Xenical dosing information Usual Adult Dose for Obesity: 120 mg orally three times a day with each main meal containing fat.
The majority of the common side effects experienced with Xenical are related to the way it works in your digestive system. These side effects are usually mild, occur at the beginning of treatment, and particularly after high fat meals.
Normally these symptoms will subside as you continue treatment and follow your recommended diet. Taking Xenical makes it more difficult for your body to absorb certain vitamins so it is important to take multivitamin supplements of vitamins A, E, and K once a day at least 2 hours before or after taking Xenical, such as at bedtime.
A multivitamin that incorporates all of these vitamins is Centrum Advance. Information Leaflet. A multivitamin tablet containing vitamins A, D, K, and beta-carotene should be taken once a day, at bedtime, when using orlistat.
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