Generic Xenical (Orlistat) is an oral medication that is suggested for obese people to shed extra pounds. It works by keeping the excess fat in the body unabsorbed, which is then excreted through the feces. The medicine is available only in 120 mg potency. In short, Generic Xenical is an effective medicine to lose extra weight. This medicine aids weight loss process only in adults. Along with this medication, one should follow healthy lifestyle like eating well-balanced and low-calorie diet, and performing regular exercise. This anti-obesity medicament is also available over-the-counter (OTC) for people above 18 years of age.
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Generic Xenical contains the active ingredient Orlistat. It is chemically denoted as (S)-((S)-1-((2S,3S)-3-Hexyl-4-oxooxetan-2-yl)tridecan-2-yl) 2-formamido-4-methylpentanoate. The chemical formula of the ingredient is C29H53NO5 and the molecular weight is 495.735 g/mol. The inactive ingredients of the drug are microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, sodium dodecyl sulfate, polyvinylpyrrolidone, talc, titanium dioxide, gelatin, indigo carmine, alcohol, shellac, butyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, propylene glycol, ferrosoferric oxide and potassium hydroxide.
Orlistat inhibits an enzyme known as digestive lipase. The therapeutic effect of this drug takes place in the stomach and intestines. By inactivating the lipase enzyme, Orlistat prevents the body from absorbing fat. The unabsorbed fat is then excreted through alimentary system in stools. Therefore, people who use this anti-obesity medication excrete oily or greasy stools.
Before prescribing Generic Xenical, your physician will check your weight and prescribe your dosing regimen on that factor.
Follow all instructions given by the medical advisor and do not take the medicine in larger doses than prescribed by the doctor.
The medical expert, in addition to taking medicine, may also ask you to join other weight loss programs like exercise and diet.
You need to take the tablet within 60 minutes following your meal. Avoid consumption if you do not have your meal.
Follow the diet plan given to you by the health expert. Do not make any changes until instructed by the expert.
If any vitamin or mineral supplements are prescribed to you, make sure you take them two hours before taking Generic Xenical.
The dosing schedule for adult patients generally is 120 mg thrice daily.
Do not give this medicine to anybody who has not been prescribed Generic Xenical. The dosing requirement for the other person might be different from yours.
If you have any medical issues like anorexia (eating disorder), underactive thyroid, pancreatitis, bulimia, kidney stones, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, inform the medical expert. Make sure you tell the physician about your previous diseases also.
Avoid using this medicine if you suffer from gallbladder problems or chronic malabsorption syndrome.
Pregnant women should not take this medicine because it could cause harm to the unborn baby. Breast-feeding mothers also need to talk to their health expert before taking Generic Xenical.
Store the drug away from children and do not let it be exposed to sunlight and moisture.
Diabetic patients may need to change the dosing of their diabetes medicine. Consult the doctor if you are diabetic and start to lose weight.
Avoid alcohol and diet rich in fat during treatment; if taken, you may experience unwanted side effects related to your digestive tract.
If you are undergoing treatment for thyroid-related problems, take the dose 4 hours before or after taking Generic Xenical.
Similarly, if you are taking cyclosporine, maintain a gap of 3 hours.
Overdose can lead to health complications; hence, use this medicine with utmost care and caution.
Ideally, Generic Xenical is stopped once your body mass index (BMI) is within normal range i.e. 20 to 25. After that, you can maintain your BMI with the help of exercises and healthy diet. You can ask your doctor for tentative length of treatment to achieve satisfactory results.
Probable Side Effects
Side effects of Generic Xenical are as follows –
Seek immediately medical support if these side effects persist and trouble you.
Therapeutic agents that can alter the efficacy of Generic Xenical are –
Generic Xenical is contraindicated in patients having or have had following problems –