Active Ingredient: Orlistat
The daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three main meals. Orlistat pills can also block the absorption of some vitamins.
Avoid foods containing fat such as biscuits, chocolate and savoury snacks between meals.
See also: Xenical dosage information in more detail What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but no more than 1 hour after eating a meal.
If it has been more than an hour since your last meal, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time.
Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose? What should I avoid while taking Xenical?
Avoid eating high-fat meals or you could have unpleasant side effects on your stomach or intestines. If you also take cyclosporine, do not take it within 3 hours before or 3 hours after you take Xenical.
If you also take levothyroxine such as Synthroid, do not take it within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Xenical.
Xenical side effects Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Xenical: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Xenical and call your doctor at once if you have: severe stomach pain; severe pain in your lower back; blood in your urine, painful or difficult urination; kidney problems - little or no urinating; swelling in your feet or ankles; feeling tired or short of breath; or liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Common Xenical side effects are caused by orlistat's fat-blocking action. A generic label is used in place of a brand name and usually indicates a cheaper price.
The generic version of Nurofen, for instance, is known as ibuprofen because it contains the active ingredient ibuprofen and is usually cheaper than Nurofen.
Orlistat is a prescription treatment for people considered obese.
One tablet should be taken with each meal i. You can take the tablet just before you eat, during your meal, or up to one hour after you have eaten.
If you make an effort to eat healthily with sensible portion sizes and exercise while you are taking Orlistat you should see better results. Xenical Xenical works in exactly the same way as orlistat.
The difference between orlistat and Xenical is that orlistat is the generic version of the medicine, while Xenical is branded.
That means that Xenical is more expensive than Orlistat and better known as a weight loss tablet. The recommended dose of Xenical is one 120 mg capsule taken three times a day, during or up to 1 hour after each main meal.
You should trial Xenical for a 3 month period. If after taking it for 3 months you have not lost any weight, Xenical should be discontinued.
What are the side effects of Xenical? All medications can cause side effects. The majority of the common side effects experienced with Xenical are related to the way it works in your digestive system.