Xenical Questions

How do I lose the most weight with Xenical?

To lose the most weight with Xenical, take the medication exactly as your doctor prescribed. Xenical is most effective when combined with a low-fat, low-calorie diet and regular exercise. On average, people taking Xenical eventually lose 5% to 10% of their body weight.

In general, one capsule of Xenical should be taken with a glass of water with every one of the three main meals that contain fat every day. The Xenical capsule may be taken one hour before, during, or within one hour after each main meal. So, the daily dosage of Xenical is 360 mg of orlistat.

If you skip a meal, or if you eat a meal that does not contain fat, you do not need to take a capsule of Xenical with that meal.

If you miss a dose of Xenical, take the Xenical capsule as soon as you remember it, but no later than one hour after eating your last meal.

Taking more than three capsules of Xenical daily has not been proven to work any better than taking one capsule of Xenical with each of the three main meals per day.

How do I know Xenical is working?

You will know that Xenical is working if, after a few days of taking it, you notice oil in your bowel movements. The oil in your stool is due to Xenical eliminating a part of the fat in your diet from your body.

As your body adjusts to the Xenical, the oil in your stool may diminish or disappear. If you eat a high-fat meal, you may have oil in your stool again.

What are the best foods and drinks to consume with Xenical?

When taking Xenical, a low-fat diet (with up to 30% of calories coming from dietary fat) is advised for Xenical to be effective and to avoid experiencing side effects. On a daily basis, eat no more than 40-67 grams of fat. this is displayed on most food packaging clearly.

Divide the overall calories you are eating each day between each of your three main meals.

When cooking, use less fat. For example, you can use sprays containing vegetable oil. Use cooking methods that do not involve adding fat, such as grilling, baking, poaching or microwaving.

If you are eating a meal with fish, chicken, or other poultry or meat, eat only one serving, which is two or three ounces (55 or 85 grams), estimated at approximately the size of a pack of cards. Purchase lean cuts of meat. Prior to cooking chicken or other poultry, cut off the skin and discard it. Cut the fat off and discard it from fish, chicken, other poultry, or meat before cooking and eating the food.

When buying baked foods, processed food, salad dressing, packaged food or fast food, you can try to select low-fat versions of the items. Alternatively, you can purchase smaller servings of the items when available.

Select reduced or low-fat dairy products, such as non-fat or low-fat yoghurt. Instead of eating butter, you can use a low-fat spread. Drink nonfat or 1% milk.

Try not to eat snacks containing fat (such as biscuits, potato chips, or chocolate foods) in between meals in order for Xenical to be effective.

If you are eating at a restaurant, you can ask for the meal to be prepared with a minimum amount of fat.

Make sure that you eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables daily.

Eating sufficient fibre (including whole grains, peas, lentils, beans) is also important so that you feel full. It also aids in digestion, as well as lowers cholesterol levels.

Is Xenical safe?

Yes, Xenical is safe if you follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take Xenical and combine it with a low-fat, low-calorie diet and regular exercise.

Xenical is considered the safest prescription diet pill for long-term use that is on the market in the UK. The safety of Xenical was confirmed in a four-year clinical trial. Under 1% of orlistat is absorbed by the bloodstream.

If you become pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant while taking Xenical, you should notify your doctor right away.

As is the case for any prescription medication, Xenical may cause side effects. Common side effects include a stomach ache.

If any of the following rare, but potentially serious side effects occur, call your doctor immediately:

  • An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; hives; redness of the skin; blisters; swelling of face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, or feet or trouble swallowing). Call for emergency assistance if an allergic reaction occurs.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Contagious diarrhoea
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Persistent light-coloured stools
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Severe pain in the stomach or abdomen, especially if it spreads to the back
  • Decrease or stopping of urination
  • Blood in the urine or cloudy urine
  • Pain during urination
  • Dark urine
  • Severe lower back pain
  • Drowsiness, confusion, changes in mood or greater thirst
  • Swelling or weight gain
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Rapid rate of the heart
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Loss of hearing
  • Earache
  • Pain or stiffness in the joints
  • Itching

Also, you should tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements you are taking. Xenical can interact with certain other medications, which may require an adjustment in dose of the other medication or medical monitoring.

How long will it take for me to lose weight?

The weight loss that occurs with Xenical usually begins within two weeks of taking the medication. Typically, people taking Xenical lose weight the fastest during the first six months of use. Then the weight loss may continue for an additional six months of taking Xenical. On average, after a year of taking Xenical, people lose three to seven kg of weight.

Usually, people take Xenical for two to four years to achieve weight loss and maintain the lower weight.

Do I also need vitamin supplements?

Yes, if you are taking Xenical you will need a daily multivitamin supplement. Xenical can block the absorption of dietary, fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Every day the multivitamin should be taken at least two hours before or two hours after taking Xenical, or at bedtime.

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