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Xenical (Orlistat) is also know by the generic name Orlistat and can be prescribed or bought over the counter to help loss weight. Orlistat works by preventing the absorption of dietary fat and allows you expel the remaining dietary fat in your stool. Changing diet and exercising can help improve the weight loss effects.
This medication can be bought over the counter. If you are self prescribing this medication make sure to read all the necessary information that comes with the package before using Orlistat. This medication is taken within 1 hour after having a meal that contains fat. It can be taken up to three times a day after each meal. Skip the dose of medication if you miss a meal or the meal contains no fat.
Before taking Orlistat speak with your pharmacist regarding known allergies as there may be ingredients that could induce an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor about prior medical conditions or any condition relating to digestive problems, underactive thyroid, eating disorders or gall bladder problems. Disclose any medications and any supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Orlistat.
Orlistat does not prevent the body from absorbing sugar. A healthy diet and caloric restrictions will improve the weight loss effects while your body expels dietary fats through bowel movements.
Do not increase the dose at meals or use Orlistat longer than it is prescribed for. This drug can potentially interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Speak with your doctor to see if a multivitamin is necessary while taking Orlistat. If you are taking a multivitamin take it two hours before or after a dose of Orlistat.
If you taking cyclosporine you should administer a dose at least three hours before or after a dose of Orlistat. Additionally if you taking Levothyroxine wait at least four hours before or after taking Orlistat to allow these medication to absorb into your body.
Some common side effects are:
oily spotting on underwear, flatulence, urgent bowel movements, fatty or oily stools, increased number of bowel movements, inability to control bowel movements, gas with discharge, loose stools, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal pain, weakness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, itching, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), problems with your teeth or gums, cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms), headache, back pain, skin rash
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Orlistat.
Q: When should I expect to see weight loss?
A: All cases can vary depending on the life style change, your diet and your physiology. However, if you are using the medication correctly and have perused a life style change, expect to see weight loss within two weeks of using Orlistat.
Q: Can I take this medication while pregnant?
A: You should not use this medication while pregnant. There is not enough medical data to know if this medication can pass into the breast milk of nursing mothers. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What if I miss a dose?
A: If you miss a dose after a meal wait until your next meal to take another dose of Orlistat. If the meal contains no fat or you miss a meal you should skip a dose of Orlistat.
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