by DietPill.us Editor on February 17, 2016

Xenical review

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Xenical is a brand name prescription weight loss drug manufactured by Roche Laboratories. It works by blocking some of the fat a person ingests, preventing the fat from being absorbed into the body. The undigested fat passes through the body to be eliminated with food waste.

More specifically, orlistat is the active ingredient in Xenical and is also the generic name of this weight loss medication. How orlistat works to block the absorption of fat is it blocks the enzyme that breaks down the fats that you eat. In order for your body to be able to digest fat, fats need to be broken down into smaller pieces. By hindering this process, the unbroken fat cannot be digested and passes through the body and is eliminated as waste. That being said, while it does block fat, it does not hinder the body’s ability to absorb calories from sugar and other non-fatty foods. Since that is the case, this is why users of Xenical are still required to restrict their calorie intake to lose weight.

This medication is not prescribed to the typical dieter. Xenical is primarily prescribed to individuals as a treatment for obesity, particularly in those who need help losing weight to lower their risk of health conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and diabetes. It may also be prescribed to assist in lowering the risk of regaining weight that has already been lost. This medication is meant to be used with a doctor-approved reduced-calorie diet program, exercise and behavior change.

It is important that those who take Xenical follow the diet and exercise regimen that is prescribed to them by their healthcare provider. Daily food recommendations and balances need to be carefully followed. Typically, this requires the Xenical user to eat a specific ratio of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to ensure that the drug is working optimally and to help prevent side effects.

It is vital that those who take Xenical do not eat too many fatty foods. Simply because this medication has been designed to block fat does not mean that you can eat whatever fat you want. Consuming too much fatty food may result in unpleasant side effects when undigested fat passes through the body. Side effects may include: abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, oily stool and other unpleasant effects.

This medication is not for everyone. Xenical should not be used by anyone under the age of 18, nor should it be used by pregnant women or individuals with an underactive thyroid, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, a history of gallstones or kidney stones, liver disease, or an eating disorder.

Additionally, tell your doctor if you are currently taking any medications or have any health conditions (past or present) before taking Xenical.

Finally, Xenical should only ever be obtained via a doctor’s prescription. Never purchase prescription weight loss medication without the approval of your healthcare provider.

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