What is Xenical?
XENICAL 120 mg pills blocks some of the fat that you eat, keeping it from being absorbed by your body.
Xenical is used to aid in weight loss, or to help reduce the risk of regaining weight already lost. This medicine must be used together with a reduced-calorie diet and is to used only by adults.
Xenical is the prescription-strength form of orlistat. The alli brand of orlistat is available without a prescription.
Do not take Xenical if you are pregnant. Weight loss is not recommended during pregnancy.
You should not use this medicine if you have a digestive disorder (problems absorbing food). You should not use Xenical if you have gallbladder problems, or if you are pregnant. Do not use alli if you have had an organ transplant, if you use cyclosporine, or if you are not overweight.
How should I take Xenical?
Use Xenical exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of eating disorders.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Xenical is usually taken 3 times per day with each main meal that contains some fat (no more than 30% of the calories for that meal). You may take the medicine either with your meal or up to 1 hour after eating.
If you skip a meal or you eat a meal that does not contain any fat, skip your dose for that meal.
The fat content of your daily diet should not be greater than 30% of your total daily caloric intake. For example, if you eat 1200 calories per day, no more than 360 of those calories should be in the form of fat.
Orlistat can make it harder for your body to absorb certain vitamins, and you may need to take a vitamin and mineral supplement while you are taking Xenical. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type of supplement to use. Take the supplement at bedtime, or at least 2 hours before or after you take orlistat.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed. Throw away any unused Xenical after the expiration date on the medicine label has passed.
Keep track of your medicine. Orlistat is a medicine that may be misused as a weight-loss aid, and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.