What is Xenical (Orlistat) used for?
Xenical (Orlistat) is used as a treatment for obesity. Patients who are prescribed this drug are normally told to eat a low calorie diet to help them lose weight. It is normally prescribed to obese patients who suffer from a condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high levels of cholesterol. This drug is a type of lipase inhibitor, which blocks the enzyme responsible for breaking down fats, thereby allowing the fat eaten to be passed out in the patient's stool.
How should I use Xenical (Orlistat)?
Patients who have been prescribed Xenical (Orlistat) capsules should follow the instructions provided by their physician. You may be told to take 3 capsules per day, with your main meals, or within 1 hour of eating. However, if you miss a meal, or if your meal does not contain any fat, you should skip that dose.
What are the side effects of Xenical (Orlistat)?
Patients taking Xenical (Orlistat) may notice:
It is important for patients to report any side effects to their physician, and also to seek immediate medical attention if any other more serious side effects occur.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Xenical (Orlistat). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.