How Xenical worksUnlike other weight-loss drugs you may have heard about that act in the brain or central nervous system to suppress appetite or to speed up metabolism, Xenical works in your digestive system to block about one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested. The enzymes in your digestive system, called lipases, help digest (or break down) fat. When taken with meals, Xenical attaches to the lipases and blocks them from breaking down some of the fat you have eaten. The undigested fat cannot be absorbed and is eliminated in your bowel movements. By working this way, Xenical helps block about one-third of the fat in the foods you eat from being absorbed by your body.
The Facts of Xenical" Blocks the digestion of dietary fat " Acts only in the digestive system " Helps you monitor the fat in your diet " Promotes weight loss from body fat, not muscle " Helps reduce risk of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension " Improves existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and hyperlipidemia, beyond the benefits related to weight loss " Does not affect the brain " Does not affect the heart or other parts of the body " Side effects are controlled by diet " No drug interactions " No possibility of addiction " Safe for long term use " Helps prevent weight regain
Side effects of XenicalFatty/oily stool, oily spotting, intestinal gas with discharge, bowel movement urgency, poor bowel control, or headaches may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Intestinal side effects (e.g., oily stool) may increase in intensity if you exceed your daily dietary fat allowance. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Recommended dosage of XenicalThe recommended dose of Xenical is one 120-mg capsule by mouth with liquid at each main meal that contains fat. It is recommended that you should take Xenical up to three times a day in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet. Each time you take Xenical, your nutritionally balanced meal should contain no more than about 30% of calories from fat. You should evenly divide your daily intake of fat, carbohydrates and protein over three main meals. Take Xenical during meals or up to 1 hour after a meal.
Consultation with your doctorThe results of a massive overdose of Xenical are unknown, although the drug seems relatively harmless. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention.