Xenical: Weight Loss Pill

Xenical or going by the generic name orlistat is a diet pill that works by blocking some of the fat from being absorbed by your body. Orlistat, the generic name for Xenical, is not intended as a magical pill to make you instantly lose weight. You should use Orlistat with a proper diet and the right amount of physical exercise. But before you can beg your doctor to prescribe you this drug here are some facts and figures you should know before taking this medicine.

Orlistat is usually taken with each main meal that contains fat. You can safely take it one hour after the meal or even during. Don’t take more than the required dosage of the drug because it really doesn’t make you lose weight faster. Doses greater than 120mg a day doesn’t do anything for you.

It is important to note that while this drug can decrease your body’s absorption of fat, it also decreases the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins. In order to compensate for the lost vitamins, you should take a multivitamin supplement at least an 2 hours before or after taking the orlistat. The orlistat should be taken with a main meal that contains fat. But each meal that you eat shouldn’t contain more than about 30% of calories from fat.

There is an increased chance of digestive side effects if you do so. Your diet should be nutritionally balanced but then you should also be doing this even if you aren’t taking orlistat. If you aren’t going to be eating a meal with no fat then you can skip the dose of orlistat. While there have been no reported cases of effects on orlistat overdoses, its better to be safe than sorry.

In taking any medicine, it’s vitally important to consult with your own physician first. You shouldn’t be taking orlistat if you have a chronic malabsorption syndrome or gallbladder problems. Orlistat hasn’t been studied for effects on pregnant women. However as it can disrupt your daily vitamin intake you should discuss with your physician on the possible effects it may have on your baby.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication. Certain medicines should not be used together at all and orlistat is no exception. If you are taking Warfarin, taking orlistat may decrease the absorption of Vitamin K and may change your bleeding time.

Orlistat may also cause some unwanted effects. Before you panic not all of these side effects may occur but if they do you may need medical attention. Some of the more common side effects are body ache, chills, cough, fever, headache, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. The more severe side effects are bloody or cloudy urine; change in hearing; contagious diarrhea; difficult or painful urination; earache; frequent urge to urinate; pain in ear.