Made by Roche
120mg x 84 capsules
Orlistat is a drug designed to treat obesity. It is marketed as a prescription drug under the trade name Xenical by Roche in most countries.
Its primary function is preventing the absorption of fats from the human diet by acting as a lipase inhibitor, thereby reducing caloric intake. It is intended for use in conjunction with a healthcare provider-supervised reduced-calorie diet.
How Does Xenical Work?
Xenical belongs to a class of drugs called lipase inhibitors. It blocks the intestines from absorbing about 25% of the fat that you eat. Fats that aren’t absorbed leave your body through bowel movements. Some data suggest that Xenical helps reduce the amount of a particularly dangerous type of belly fat called visceral fat, which has been linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Is Xenical Right for Me?
If you’re overweight, and dieting and exercise haven’t worked for you, talk to your doctor about a weight management program that involves medication. But remember, you still must follow a healthy lifestyle that involves regular exercise and eating right.
How Do I Take Xenical?
Xenical comes in capsule form. It’s taken by mouth three times a day, either with a meal that contains a little bit of fat, or up to one hour afterward. If you eat a no-fat meal, your doctor may tell you to skip your dose. Never take more medicine than recommended.
It’s important to follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet while taking this medication. If you eat a lot of fatty foods, even just one high-fat meal like a greasy burger, you’re more likely to have uncomfortable digestive side effects. Choose lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products. In general, no more than 30% of your calories at each meal should come from fat.
You’ll also need to take a daily multivitamin that contains vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta carotene while on this drug. The drug’s fat-blocking properties also make it more difficult for your body to absorb these fat-soluble vitamins. Do not take vitamins and Xenical at the same time of the day.