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Xenical capsules are used to treat obesity. They work in your digestive system and block about a third of the food in the fat you eat from being digested. Xenical attaches to the enzymes in your digestive system, known as lipases which are blocked from breaking down some of the fat you have eaten during your meal. Because the fat cannot be digested it is eliminated from the body.
Managing your weight is very important to maintaining a healthy overall lifestyle. If you become overweight and carry additional excess fat around your stomach area then it can lead to serious health conditions such as some cancers, type 2 diabetes, strokes and heart disease. Your GP can assess whether your current weight is healthy by measuring your Body Mass Index.
If you are overweight then the first action you should take is to make changes to your diet and increase your levels of physical activity. Your GP or a practice nurse can help you to assess your current diet and levels of physical activity, helping to set your personal weight loss goals.
This treatment can be obtained through our Online Doctor service. Simply add to basket and head to the checkout to begin your consultation.
Always take Xenical exactly as advised by your doctor. Please ensure that you read all packaging and leaflets thoroughly before use. If you have any concerns before you start taking this medicine, please contact your GP.
The typical dose of Xenical is a 120mg capsule taken with each of the 3 main meals a day. It can be taken immediately before, during or up to 1 hour after eating a meal and swallowed with water.
Please note, like all medicine, Xenical tablets can cause side effects – although this does not apply to everyone who has taken them. Side effects are usually temporary with continued treatment or disappear when you stop tacking the medicine.
Before taking your medicine please read the patient information leaflet in detail to acquaint yourself with the potential side effects.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your GP in the first instance. Alternatively, contact our Online Clinic team for further assistance.
Please read all packaging before taking Xenical tablets.
Xenical (Orlistat) 120mg Capsules - Like all medicines, Xenical can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Xenical.
The majority of unwanted effects related to the use of Xenical result from its local action in your digestive system. These symptoms are generally mild, occur at the beginning of treatment and are particularly experienced after meals containing high levels of fat. Normally, these symptoms disappear if you continue treatment and keep to your recommended diet.
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 user in 10)
Headache, abdominal pain/discomfort, urgent or increased need to open the bowels, flatulence (wind) with discharge, oily discharge, oily or fatty stools, liquid stools, low blood sugar levels (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes).
Common side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
Rectal pain/discomfort, soft stools, incontinence (stools), bloating (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes), tooth/gum disorder, irregularity of menstrual cycle, tiredness.
The following side effects have also been reported but their frequency cannot be estimated from the available data:
Allergic reactions. The main symptoms are itching, rash, wheals (slightly elevated, itchy skin patches that are paler or redder than surrounding skin), severe difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting and feeling unwell. Bleeding from the back passage (rectum). Increases in the levels of some liver enzymes may be found in blood tests, diverticulitis, gallstones, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), skin blistering (including blisters that burst), effects on clotting with anti-coagulants.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
The active substance is orlistat. Each capsule contains 120 mg of orlistat.
The other ingredients are:
Microcrystalline cellulose (E460), sodium starch glycolate (type A), povidone (E1201), sodium laurilsulfate and talc. The capsule shell consists of gelatine, indigo carmine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171) and edible printing ink.
I have had success with these twice now - the first time was a few years ago when they first came out when I managed to lose a steady 2 and a half stone over 18 months. I then managed to maintain my optimum weight as the tablets had motivated me to adopt a low fat eating regime but without having the count the calories and be obsessive about it. The main rule of thumb is, dont let anything pass your lips that has more than 5g of fat per 100g and you cant go far wrong. The only reason I put weight on again (about 2 or 3 years later) was because of some medication I was taking for another condition. Once that was sorted and I came off the medication, I was able to start a course of Xenical again and again managed to lose quite a bit of weight again but becuase of the shortages last year I wasnt able to get them for quite a few months and by the time they were back in stock, my prescription had expired and I didnt weigh enough to go back on them. I would definitely recommend them but you cant expect them to give you an easy ride - ie you do have to eat low fat (or suffer the consequences) - dont expect to be able to eat crisps, burgers etc and just take a tablet and lose weight - it wont work and youll end up up having lots of accidents!!
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