Orlistat (Alli, Xenical) Information

Orlistat (Alli™, Xenical®) is a medication used for weight loss. It is available with a prescription (sold under the name Xenical) or without a prescription (sold under the name Alli). Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Therefore make sure to read the prescribing information on orlistat (Alli, Xenical) before starting treatment with this medication.
For example, orlistat can cause several side effects, such as oily spotting, stomach pain, and an urgent need to have a bowel movement. Before taking this drug, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
Orlistat works by decreasing the absorption of fat from your diet. The stomach and intestine have enzymes, called lipases. These enzymes break down fat into smaller molecules, which are then absorbed from your digestive tract. The medication binds to lipases and inhibits their activity, helping to decrease fat absorption.
The drug comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth with each fat-containing meal, up to three times per day. For more information on orlistat (Alli, Xenical), talk to your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
(Click Orlistat for a more in-depth look at important information on orlistat (Alli, Xenical), including how this weight loss medication works and detailed information on its effects, potential side effects, and general precautions.)
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