Xenical 120mg capsules are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help aid healthy weight loss. 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 drug orlistat. Xenical was first developed by Roche and became available in 1998. It has since been used safely for over 15 years to help people suffering with obesity to lose excess weight where dieting and exercise alone has been unsuccessful. Xenical capsules 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.
Xenical prevents around one third of the fat consumed as part of your normal diet 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 regime for maximum effectiveness. 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 alone.
The patent on branded Xenical has now expired allowing you to get generic Orlistat 120mg capsules as well as branded Xenical. Orlistat is also available over-the-counter at a lower 60mg dose in Alli capsules.
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 with their weight loss treatment as it can also block the absorption of 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, Xenical is usually effective in aiding weight loss. You should aim to lose around 5% of your body weight within the first 3 months of your treatment. Weight loss should not be rushed and crash diets should not be used. Weight loss should be viewed as a steady process in order to do it in a healthy way 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 you body weight. If you did not hit this target, Xenical may not be suitable for you and should be stopped. It can be retried again after 6 months if necessary. If your BMI drops below 28, Xenical may no longer be required and you should stop treatment. If 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, use this opportunity to learn to cook some healthy home-made meals.
Xenical capsules are taken one capsule up to three times daily
They should be taken immediately before or up to one hour after meals
If you have a low fat meal or skip a main meal there is no need to take Xenical; it only works when you have eaten a meal containing dietary fat.
Xenical should be used alongside a low-fat, calorie-controlled diet to produce the greatest effects and reduce adverse effects.
When combined with diet and exercise, Xenical is usually effective in aiding weight loss. Weight loss should not be rushed and crash diets should not be used. Weight loss should be viewed as a steady process in order to do it in a healthy way and increase the chances of the weight staying off. A realistic target is around 1lb per week though this can vary from person to person depending on the situation.
You may also find the following advice useful to help lose weight:
Always try to eat a wholesome breakfast, if it is missed the chances of you snacking increase greatly and results in a greater calorie intake.
Wholegrain foods contain lots of fibre and slow-release energy; try switching to these where possible.
Try to cut down your alcohol intake, it is very high in calories.
Try to find a low calorie snack you enjoy and can have as a treat to reward yourself.
When you start exercising, take it slow. If you start with a little and aim to increase as you become more fit you will enjoy it more and are much more likely to continue.
If you do experience side effects from Xenical they may include abdominal pains, bloating or wind, the urgent need to open the bowels and oily, fatty, or liquid stools. These side effects are most common at the start of treatment and are most likely to occur after eating a high-fat meal. You should try to restrict your intake of dietary fat to less than 15 – 20g per main meal to decrease the chances of these side effects.
If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
Xenical should not interact with any of your other current medicines. You should discuss Xenical with your GP before taking if you take warfarin, levothyroxine, or ciclosporin.
If you have followed the above guidance and still find Xenical ineffective you may wish to see your GP to discuss alternative weight loss options. If you would like any advice, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.
As being overweight can often lead to other health complications we recommend you see your GP for a full health check up to ensure you are as healthy as possible.
Each Xenical capsule contains 120mg orlistat.
It also contains:
Microcrystalline cellulose (E460), sodium starch glycolate (type A), povidone (E1201), sodium laurilsulfate, talc, gelatine, indigo carmine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), edible printing ink (black iron oxide, ammonia solution concentrated, potassium hydroxide, shellac, propylene glycol).