Xenical Weight Loss Medication Information

Before you begin using the weight loss medication Xenical® (orlistat), information concerning the safety of this product should be reviewed in order to help minimize risks. It is important to know when and how to take this prescription drug and to be aware of the potential side effects of Xenical.
Xenical must be combined with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. It is taken by mouth with each fat-containing meal, up to three times per day. Eating too much fat while on this medication increases the risk of side effects. In general, you should try to limit your fat intake to less than 30 percent of your total daily calories.
Many people do not experience any side effects while taking Xenical, as long as they follow the dosing guidelines. However, a number of side effects have been reported with this weight loss product. Some of the common side effects that are typically not serious but can be bothersome include:
  • Oily spotting (uncontrolled anal seepage of oil)
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • Gas with discharge (of either oil or stool).
(Click Xenical for more information, including details on how the drug works, how often the weight loss results last, and what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting this medication.)
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