Orlistat is the generic version of Xenical and it is used in the treatment of obesity. The drug is designed for people who are classified as medically obese, meaning they have a body mass index (BMI) of over 30. It can also be used by people with a BMI of over 28 who also have health complaints that are related to weight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The treatment reduces the amount of fat that the body absorbs from food and, for the best results, it should be used in conjunction with lifestyle and dietary changes.
Xenical is a brand name for generic Orlistat 120mg. Xenical is manufactured by Roche and contains the active ingredient Orlistat 120mg.
Alli is a brand name for Orlistat 60mg available over the counter.
Orlistat works by acting as a lipase inhibitor. It reduces the amount of fat in your diet that your body absorbs through digestion. The treatment allows about a quarter of the fat eaten in meals to be passed out in stools. By reducing fat intake in this way, it makes losing weight easier. However, to achieve the best possible results, it is important to make lifestyle changes too. These may include eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol consumption and doing more exercise.
Orlistat capsules are usually taken three times a day immediately before, during or shortly after meals that contain fat. The tablets must be taken within an hour of eating.
The side effects most commonly associated with Orlistat include abdominal discomfort, sweating, nausea, loss of appetite, wind accompanied by an oily discharge, a sudden need to open the bowels and oily or liquid stools. If you would like additional information about these potential symptoms, you can contact your doctor or speak to our experts.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
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