Orlistat is a generic version of Xenical, just like Alli, and this medication is taken as a part of a special fat-loss plan prescribed by doctors that also need to include healthy diet changes, regular exercises and other important behavioral changes. Orlistat (Xenical) is often taken by people who are obese because its use helps them avoid regaining their weight. It’s necessary to lose fat for many healthy reasons, such as avoiding diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, breathing diseases, etc. Basically, Orlistat and its analogs work by blocking a special enzyme that breaks down fat in regular meals to pass it out of the body in bowel movements. However, this medication doesn’t block the right absorption of calories from non-fat and sugar meals, so users still need to restrict their regular calorie intake. It’s not cancerogenic, and its use doesn’t affect fertility.
Tips on How to Use Orlistat Xenical
It’s advisable to take this medication orally, usually with enough liquid and during every meal that contains fats or 1 hour after eating it. Most patients are prescribed to take Orlistat 60 mg 3 times a day. If your meal doesn’t contain any fat or you want to skip it, don’t take your dose. To avoid increased risk of developing unwanted side effects, make sure that 30% of calories in your food consist of fat. This medicine may interfere with the right absorption of specific vitamins, so you should take extra multivitamin supplements to stay healthy. In general, it takes about 2 weeks to see the positive effects of using Orlistat.
Possible Adverse Effects
Xenical tablets are associated with some side effects, including sudden changes in bowel functioning due to unabsorbed fats. Besides, patients may develop the following unwanted symptoms:
- Oily or fatty stools;
- Feeling of wanting to have bowel movements immediately;
- Intestinal gas with some discharge;
- Reduced bowel control;
- Increased number of bowel movements.
However, these side effects are rare and most of them are not serious. If they get worse, you need to contact your doctor at once. It’s necessary to stop taking Orlistat and go to the hospital once you develop the following severe side effects:
- Severe vomiting and nausea;
- Allergic reactions;
- Serious stomach pain and dark urine;
- Yellow eyes and skin;
- Back pain and bloody urine.
Basic Orlistat Precautions
To benefit from a Xenical prospect, stay informed with possible contraindications and important precautions. First, you need to inform doctors about such medical conditions as allergic reactions, specific digestive problems, gall bladder diseases, hypothyroidism, kidney issues, eating disorders, seizures and others. The intake of Orlistat is not recommended if you’re pregnant, but those patients who have diabetes, arterial hypertension and dyslipidemia can take it with enough caution. Besides, if you notice any symptoms of kidney or liver damage, you need to get emergency medical help.
There are certain drug interactions associated with this fat-loss treatment, too. You should avoid taking blood thinners if you don’t want to end up with reduced effectiveness and increased side effects of Orlistat. Keep a list of other medications that you’re taking to show it to your physician and avoid possible drug interactions.