Xenical for weight loss
Xenical 120mg capsules are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help aid healthy slimming. To find out more about weight loss and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Weight Loss page.
Xenical 120mg capsules contain the medicine Orlistat. Xenical was first developed by Roche and became available in 1998. It has since been used safely for 20 years to help people suffering with obesity to lose excess weight where dieting and exercise alone has been unsuccessful. Xenical pills can be prescribed for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over, or 28 or over if there are other risk factors present, such as heart disease, diabetes or smoking.
It can be hard to avoid fat completely in the diet – and even if that were an option, it would not necessarily be recommended. Xenical works by preventing around one third of the fat consumed as part of your normal diet plan from being absorbed. It does this by binding to dietary fat present in the gut and preventing it from passing through the gut walls into the bloodstream. Instead, it remains in the gut and passes through your system.
Xenical capsules should be combined with a healthy, low calorie diet and exercise plan to maximise the effects. When used in this way, it can help you to lose an extra 1-pound for every 2-pounds you lose naturally. In clinical trials, almost twice as many patients who received Xenical achieved an average weight loss of 10 percent or more of their body weight in one year, compared to those on diet plan alone.
The patent on branded Xenical has now expired, allowing you to buy generic Orlistat 120mg capsules as well as branded Xenical. It is also available to buy over-the-counter at a lower 60mg dose in Alli capsules. Alli slimming tablets also contain Orlistat, but the difference is that it’s available as a non-prescription supplement.
Generic medicines are essentially copies of brand-name drugs – with the same strength and effects – but they are often cheaper because they don’t come under the brand patent. Usually, generic alternatives come onto the market after a patent has expired.
You should take one Xenical 120mg capsule up to three times daily, with or up to one hour after each main meal. If you eat a fat-free meal, you skip a meal or have a small snack instead, you do not need to take Xenical, as there will be no fat to absorb.
We advise our patients who take Xenical to also take a multivitamin and omega supplement with their slimming treatment, as it can make it hard to absorb some fat-soluble vitamins. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K. It is especially important if you already suffer with a deficiency in one of these vitamins. We advise taking a multivitamin at bedtime to replace any vitamins lost from your diet as a result of taking Xenical.
When combined with diet and exercise plan, Xenical is usually effective in aiding weight loss. In terms of results, you should aim to lose around 5% of your body weight within the first 13 weeks of your treatment. Slimming should not be rushed and crash diet plans should not be used. Weight loss should be viewed as a steady process in order to achieve healthy results and increase the chances of the weight staying off.
After taking Xenical for 3 months, you should have hit your target of losing 5% of your body weight. If you did not see any results, Xenical may not be suitable for you and should be stopped. It is important that Xenical is used in addition to a healthy diet and exercise, so if it initially doesn't give you the results you wish, it can be restarted again after 6 months if necessary. If your BMI drops below 28, Xenical may no longer be required and you should stop treatment. If the treatment is working, you are losing weight and your BMI is above 28, you can take Xenical for up to 2 years.
Remember, store-bought and ready-made foods are high in fat and oil; use this opportunity to learn to cook some healthy homemade meals as part of your diet plan.
Non-medical weight loss alternatives
Weight loss should be a combination of healthy eating an exercise. By cutting the calories that you consume (especially by reducing fatty and sugary foods) and increasing the calories you burn through exercise, your body will begin to burn fat instead. This will mean that you slowly begin to lose weight.
A healthy diet should include at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily (this should make up around one third of your total food consumption), plenty of wholegrain or brown carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, and rice), and 6-8 cups of water per day.
The maximum calorie limit for a man is 2,500kcal a day and 2,000kcal for most women. This will decrease if you are aiming to lose weight.
Exercise should be started slowly with activities such as brisk walking and intensity should be increased as your fitness increases. You should aim for 150 minutes of activity per week. For people who are starting with a very low fitness level, the NHS Couch to 5k programme is a great way to begin.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
There’s insufficient data to determine whether Xenical would be harmful to a woman or her child during pregnancy. However, dieting and weight loss products are not usually recommended for pregnant women, unless the mother is dangerously overweight. Likewise, to mitigate any risk of side effects, we would not advise that breastfeeding women take Xenical for weight loss.
Xenical Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2592/pil