Xenical (Orlistat)Brand Names: Alli, Xenical
Related Medications: Adipex-P, Belviq, Belviq XR, Contrave, Didrex, Fastin, Meridia, Qsymia, Saxenda
Xenical (orlistat) received an approval for the treatment of obesity from the EMA in 1998 and the FDA in 1999. Currently, it is the most often prescribed medication for managing excess weight. Certain formulations of orlistat, including Xenical, are sold only with prescription in Canada, however, in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand they can be purchased over-the-counter. In order to use this drug safely, it is still recommended to take it only after consulting a healthcare provider.
Xenical is prescribed to overweight or obese people who need additional help with losing or controlling their weight. The drug works by blocking the absorption of fat that appears in the body with food. Xenical may also be used to prevent gaining excess weight. In order to be really effective, the medication should be used along with wise dieting as well as exercising. No desirable effects will be achieved by only taking Xenical without adjusting food consumption and including regular training.
Xenical should not be used during pregnancy. This medication is not suitable for people who have chronic malabsorption syndrome or gallbladder problems. Inform your healthcare provider if you have the following conditions:
You should also inform your healthcare provider about any other drugs that you take for losing weight. While using this drug, you should avoid eating high-fat meals because it is associated with a high risk of the occurrence of undesirable side effects. Xenical should not be used by people who have an allergic reason to it. It is not suitable for children, and that is why you should not use it if you are under 18.
There are 161 medications that are known to interact with Xenical. The following drugs may cause majorinteractions:
The following drugs may cause moderate interaction:
It is always recommended to inform your healthcare provider if you use any medications before you start taking Xenical.
If you use Xenical, you may experience a range of side effects ranging from minor to severe. The following ones are considered to be the most common adverse effects of Xenical: