Zenical

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Xenical® (orlistat) can be prescribed to both help people lose weight and keep weight gain from returning. It works by inhibiting the action of enzymes that break down fat, thereby reducing fat absorption by the body. In a clinical study, after six months of taking the drug while dieting, people lost an average of 12.4 pounds (compared to just 6.2 pounds for people who were just dieting). After a year, those taking it while dieting had lost a total of 13.4 pounds, on average (compared to 5.8 pounds for those just dieting).
 
Xenical comes in capsule form and is taken with each fat-containing meal. The medication should be combined with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. Eating too much fat 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. Possible side effects of this drug include gas, stomach pain, and an urgent need to have a bowel movement.
 
There is a non-prescription version of Xenical, sold under the name Alli™. However, Alli is a lower strength, containing half as much orlistat as Xenical.
 
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