Xenical is used to help obese people
who fit certain weight and height requirements lose weight
and maintain weight loss.
Xenical works in your intestines, where
it blocks some of the fat you eat from being absorbed. This
undigested fat is then eliminated in your bowel movements.
Use Xenical together with a reduced-calorie
diet. The weight management effects of Xenical continue
only as long as you are taking it.
Xenical comes in a capsule to take by
mouth. It is usually taken tree times a day with food. Take
Xenical exactly as directed. Do not take more or
less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your
doctor. Xenical should be given with meals.
A diet consisting of daily intake of fat (30% of total calories),
carbohydrates, and protein should be distributed evenly
over 3 main meals.
Do not take Xenical without first talking
to your doctor if you have a chronic malabsorption syndrome,
or gallbladder problems. You may not be able to take Xenical
if you have any of the conditions listed above. Before taking
Xenical, talk to your doctor if you have a history
of kidney stones, have diabetes, have anorexia or bulimia,
take any other weight-loss medicine, or take cyclosporine.
You may not be able to take Xenical, or
you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring
during your treatment if you have any of the conditions
listed above. Xenical is in the FDA pregnancy
category B. This means that it is not expected to harm an
unborn baby. Do not take Xenical without
first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is
not known whether Xenical passes into breast
milk. Do not take Xenical without first
talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you miss a dose resume taking Xenical
at the next meal. Do not try to make up the loss with a
double dose. The extra drug will not help.
Possible Side Effects
Stop taking Xenical and seek emergency
medical attention if you experience a rare allergic reaction
including shortness of breath; closing of your throat;
swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.
Other, less serious side effects are more
likely to occur. Continue to take Xenical
and talk to your doctor if you experience oily spotting,
gas with discharge, an urgent need to go to the bathroom,
oily or fatty stools, an oily discharge, an increased number
of bowel movements, an inability to control bowel movements,
or orange or brown colored oil in your stool. The bowel
changes listed above are a natural effect of blocking fat
and indicate that Xenical is working. They
generally occur early in treatment, particularly after meals
containing higher amounts of fat than are recommended. These
symptoms are usually temporary and lessen or disappear as
you continue treatment and keep to your recommended diet
of meals containing 30% fat. Side effects
other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your
doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that
is especially bothersome.
Store this medication at room temperature and out of the reach of children. Protect from moisture. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of an Xenical
overdose are not known.
Xenical may decrease your body's absorption
of some fat-soluble vitamins. To ensure adequate nutrition,
your doctor may recommend taking a multivitamin that contains
vitamins D, E, K, and beta-carotene. Take your vitamin supplement
once a day, at least 2 hours before or after a dose of Xenical.
Each time you take Xenical, your meal should
contain no more than about 30% of calories from fat. Evenly
divide your daily intake of fat, carbohydrates, and protein
over three main meals a day. Talk to your doctor about following
a healthy eating plan.
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