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Xenical 120mg Capsules

Xenical 120mg Capsules (84 capsules)

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Description for Xenical 120mg Capsules

We all know that weight loss can be a hard journey – particularly if you’ve a long way to go. The Independent Pharmacy is a regulated and approved UK pharmacy that stocks Xenical pills and other slimming medications to buy online, designed to help you shift those stubborn pounds and see some results.

Safer than buying from a non-regulated online retailer, we offer Xenical at a reasonable price after an online consultation with one of our UK doctors, with next day delivery (if ordered before 4pm). We source our Xenical slimming pills from a trusted pharmaceutical wholesaler that supplies the national high street chains and ship them straight to your door. Order with us today.

Xenical 120mg capsules are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help aid healthy slimming. Xenical pills contain Orlistat, a drug that binds to dietary fat to prevent it being absorbed. The effects include preventing the absorption of around one third of the fat from the food you eat, which passes through your digestive system and is passed in your bowel motions.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Xenical for weight loss 

Xenical 120mg capsules are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy, following a free consultation, to help aid healthy slimming. To find out more about weight loss and see all the available treatments, see our 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.


Xenical benefits 

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.


Xenical dosage 

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 the same active ingredient but at half the Xencial dosage and are 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.


Xenical guidelines 

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

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

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. Slimming 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, orange 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.

On the other hand, Xenical can sometimes go the other way and cause constipation. This is normally only experienced in the first few days, after which your stomach should settle. Make sure you are eating plenty of high-fibre foods, including fruit and veg, to help things along. Reviewing your portion sizes may also help. If the constipation does not ease, try Senna or Imodium

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is really 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 0333 2200 519. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Each Xenical capsule contains 120mg orlistat.

It also contains:  

Microcrystalline cellulose (E460), sodium starch glycolate (type A), povidone (E1201), sodium lauril sulfate, talc, gelatine, indigo carmine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), edible printing ink (black iron oxide, ammonia solution concentrated, potassium hydroxide, shellac, propylene glycol).

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 cyclosporin.

If you have followed the above guidance and still find Xenical ineffective you may wish to see your GP to discuss alternative slimming 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.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Xenical 120mg Capsules Reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Xenical contain?

    Xenical capsules contain a dietary fat binder, that helps to bind around one third of the fat you consume and prevent it from being absorbed.

  • How do I take Xenical?

    In adults and children 18 years and over, the dose of Xenical is 1 capsule up to three daily, with or up to one hour after fat-containing meals. You should not take more than three Xenical capsules in a 24-hour period. You do not need to take a Xenical capsule if you have a meal containing no fat, it will have no effect.

  • Can I use other weight loss treatments with Xenical?

    We do not advise using other slimming treatments or tablets with Xenical. You should follow a strict regime of diet and exercise whilst taking Xenical pills to get the most out of them. You may also consider taking a multivitamin supplement at bedtime to ensure you are still getting all the essential vitamins and minerals required by your body.

  • Why can I only buy three months of Xenical online at one time?

    Xenical 120mg capsules are an prescription-only weight loss aid. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 months treatment at one time. Xenical treatment is normally judged for effectiveness after 1-3 months on the amount of weight you have managed to lose. This means that if you do not find Xenical as effective as you would like, you are not stuck with an excess of medication. If you are happy with the results you can log in and re-order another supply, provided you are still losing weight and your BMI is above the treatment threshold.

  • Should I take Xenical with food?

    You should take Xenical capsules with a fat-containing meal, or up to one hour afterwards. If your meal contains no fat or is a small snack, there is no need to take an Xenical capsule.


  • Is it safe to buy Xenical capsules online?

    Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Xenical online. The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy & Online Doctor.

  • How do I buy Xenical online?

    t simple! Just select 'Start Consultation' above, you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so our GPs & Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Xenical to you. It all takes around 3 minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door.

  • What does the price include?

    The price includes the medication you have selected, the private consultation with our Doctor and, if the purchase is over £40, it also includes free standard delivery. Under £40, standard delivery is £2.95 and all items are sent using a Royal Mail Tracked Service.

  • What’s better: Xenical vs other weight loss tablets

    Duromine and Xenical are two of the most popular drugs for weight loss, though they come from different pharmacological groups. Duromine is generally cheaper than Xenical, but has more contraindications and can cause more side effects. Xenical is prescribed for weight loss in patients with BMI of 27 and above – for Duromine the BMI can be slightly lower.

    Xenical and Alli are very similar. Xenical offers a higher prescribed dose (120mg) of Orlistat, while Alli (available over-the-counter) and contains around half that. The recommended dose for each is the same, one capsule three times a day with meals.

    Lesofat and Xenical are the same thing: Lesofat is simply a branded version of Orlistat – the active ingredient in Xenical.

    They are both anti-obesity drugs, but they work in different ways. Xenical works directly on the digestive system, blocking the action of gastric and pancreatic lipases that break down and absorb fat molecules. Reductil, on the other hand works as an appetite suppressor. Its active ingredient is sibutramine hydrochloride – it aids weight loss by altering the brain’s neurotransmitters.

    Again, a similar case to Reductil. Both Phentermine and Xenical are taken to aid weight loss, but Phentermine is another anorexiant (structurally similar to amphetamine)and works by suppressing the appetite and speeding up the metabolism. Xenical works by reducing the absorption of fats.

    You should not take any of these medications in combination, unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

  • Xenical weight loss reviews

    As with many drugs, there are mixed reviews and stories about Xenical online, particularly on weight loss forums. Some experience side effects such as loose or oily stools, but they generally clear up after the first few weeks. Some women also find that their period arrives late, or they miss a period, when they first start taking the tablets. Generally, according to several reviews, patients lost around one stone (just over 6 kilos) in the first month taking Xenical.


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  • What is the drug Xenical used for?

    Xenical contains Orlistat, which is used in tandem with a calorie-controlled diet to help people lose weight. It’s particularly useful in helping those who struggle with losing weight through diet and exercise alone, or who suffer from high weight-related risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Does Xenical really work?

    You only have to read online reviews to see that Xenical has worked successfully for a lot of people. What’s more, following others’ weight loss stories can also be a good source of motivation on your weight loss journey.

    Xenical does work in a majority of cases, but it isn’t for everyone. It typically stops the absorption of around 30-40% of fat from your diet, which is then passed through the digestive system. It is most often prescribed for people with a BMI of 28 or above.

  • Is Xenical an over the counter drug?

    Xenical is a prescription-only medicine, which means it can’t be bought over the counter. But it can be bought online, following an online consultation with one of our UK doctors. For those looking to buy Orlistat tablets over the counter, Alli capsules are available without a prescription, as they come at a lower dosage of 60mg. 

  • Can I lose weight with Xenical?

    Xenical works by binding with dietary fat to prevent all of it from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Weight loss is achieved when we absorb fewer calories than we burn up. Fat, of course, is very calorie-dense. By hindering fat absorption, Xenical reduces your overall calorie intake and therefore increases your chances of losing weight.

  • What are Xenical’s side effects?

    Xenical has some common side effects, which include:

    • Stomach cramps
    • Loose or oily stools (and needing to go more often)
    • Throat or sinus infections
    • Vitamin deficiency, particularly A, D and E

    Less common side effects include:

    • Muscle pain
    • Nausea
    • Rectal irritation or soreness
    • Dizziness

    Xenical reviews are a good place to find out more about the side effects others have experienced with the treatment, and how they managed them. 

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William Obeng

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Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 25-09-2019

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Chris Newbury

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Reviewed on: 25-09-2019

Next review date: 25-09-2021

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

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