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Xenical is a medication that is taken by obese patients to promote their weight loss by preventing absorption and digestion of fat in their meals. Its use should be combined with a low-calorie diet to promote sufficient fat loss.
Obesity has become quite an issue in recent times. With all the over processed foods, poor dietary habits, poor sleeping patterns, and sedentary lifestyle habits; obesity rates have sky rocketed. A third of all American adults are obese according to research. Susceptibility to other obesity related diseases is becoming an ever present reality. Stroke, heart disease, and some cancer types are examples of diseases fanned by obesity. Xenical is a drug engineered to help deal with obesity. Below is a categorical, in depth description highlighting all that you ought to know about Xenical.
Xenical is a type of a lipase inhibitor. Also known as Orlistat and Alli in some markets, it works by preventing absorption of fats from the intestines, into the blood stream. It therefore reduces the calories absorbed and helps in the management of obesity hence assisting in weight loss. It is effectively used in conjunction with a low calorie diet; preferably, one formulated by a nutritionist. In the U.S, it was approved in February 2007 and became the first weight loss drug in the country to be availed over-the-counter.
Orlistat is a whitish, crystalline powder that is highly soluble in ethanol but totally insoluble in water. Chemical characteristics aside, it is available in capsule form (turquoise colored) and it is therefore taken orally. Normally, each capsule contains 120mg of the active ingredient. In most European countries, it is available without a prescription. Xenical also assists in weight maintenance and prevention of weight regain.
The recommended dosage of Xenical is one capsule (120mg) taken thrice a day. It should ideally be taken with main meals. It is advisable that the capsule be taken within an hour after, or during a meal. In the case of a missed meal, the Xenical dose can be skipped. The dose can also be skipped if the meal being taken contains no fat. Consuming balanced meals during the process of medication is absolutely necessary. This further shines a spot light on the importance of involving a nutritionist in diet formulation.
Due to Xenical interfering with absorption of vitamins that are fat soluble, those under medication are advised to include vitamin supplements in their diet to obtain proper nutrition. Multi-vitamin supplements should be taken either 2 hours prior to or 2 hours after taking Orlistat. Taking more than three capsules a day, according to tests offers no added benefits.
As with most medicines, Xenical should be stored in a cool dry place. It should be kept away from children and away from direct sunlight. Storing in a place you frequent is advised to reduce the chances of forgetting to take a dose.
The main side effect reported is oily and loose stool, otherwise known as steatorrhea. With continued use, the side effect abates. Oily spotting in fecal matter, fecal urgency and increased defecation are some of the other side effects. Rare adverse reactions to Xenical reported are nausea, Stomach pain, vomiting, rectal pain, tooth disorder, and headaches. If in the process of medication you suffer any adverse reaction, you should immediately discontinue use of the drug.
Xenical reacts with cyclosporine causing reduced levels of cyclosporine plasma in the blood. The two drugs should therefore not be used together. If taking both, the two should be taken at least 3 hours apart. Moreover, constant monitoring is necessary if you are taking both to be on the safe side. Beta carotene and vitamin D supplements should be included in the diet.
There are no further warnings when using Xenical other than being aware of its interaction with Cyclosporine and including supplements in your diet. However, you should be very careful concerning where you purchase Xenical from. It has been established that some Xenical capsules in the market have been adulterated which poses a serious risk to some people. The FDA issued an alert concerning the same in 2010. To be on the safe side, you should stick to mainstream pharmacies. Though overseas pharmacies may offer the same at cheaper prices, their products cannot be ascertained as the policies they adhere to are unknown or even non-existent.
In conclusion, when using Xenical, it would be prudent to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule to speed up the weight loss process.