Xenical 120mg Capsules
Xenical contains the active ingredient orlistat.
Xenical is to treat people who are overweight or obese.
Xenical belongs to a group of medicines called lipase inhibitors.
These medicines work by targeting the absorption of dietary fat in your body rather than suppressing your appetite.
Dietary fats are large molecules that need to be broken down before they can be absorbed into the body. They are broken down by enzymes called lipases. That is, lipases play an important role in the digestion of dietary fat. When taken with a meal, Xenical interferes with the activity of these enzymes. This allows about 30% of the fat eaten in the meal to pass through the gut undigested. Therefore, your body cannot store these excess calories as fatty tissue or use them as a source of energy.
This helps you to reduce your weight by burning up fat that you are already carrying, maintain your lower weight and minimise any weight regain.
Losing even small amounts of weight and keeping it off produces additional health benefits for you, especially when you are at risk for other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Xenical can also help to improve risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. If these are not treated, they could lead to other diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Xenical should be taken in conjunction with a well-balanced calorie-controlled diet and other appropriate measures such as exercise.
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed Xenical for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Xenical has been prescribed for you.
Xenical is not addictive.
The recommended dose of Xenical is one 120 mg capsule taken three times a day.
Swallow capsules whole with a glass of water.
Do not open the capsules and do not take any capsules that are damaged.
You will usually take 1 capsule with each of the 3 main meals per day. This means that you will usually take one capsule at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can be taken during the meal or up to 1 hour after the meal is consumed.
Xenical only works in the presence of dietary fat in your body. Therefore, if you miss a main meal or if you know that the meal contains no fat, then Xenical need not be taken.
Xenical should be taken with a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables and contains an average of 30% calories from fat. Your daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over 3 main meals. To gain the most benefit, avoid eating food containing fat between meals, such as biscuits, chocolate or savoury snacks.
How long to take Xenical
Xenical should be taken long term and must be taken every day.
Continue taking Xenical for as long as your doctor prescribes.
Weight loss normally starts within 2 weeks and continues for 6 to 12 months on Xenical treatment. Xenical will then help you to maintain this new lower weight and help to prevent weight being regained.
The improvement in risk factors (such as reduction in high blood pressure, normalising blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol levels) is usually observed within 1 month of starting therapy and has been maintained during the course of Xenical treatment.
If you forget to take Xenical
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember provided this is within 1 hour of your last meal and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not double a dose to make up for one you have missed.
If you have missed several doses, please inform your doctor and follow the advice given to you.
Xenical does not contain sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Active ingredient - orlistat
each Xenical capsule contains 120 mg orlistat
Inactive ingredients -
The capsule also contains:
sodium starch glycollate
sodium lauryl sulfate
The capsule shell contains:
indigo carmine 
titanium dioxide .
The printing ink contains:
industrial methylated spirits
iron oxide black .
Keep your capsules in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the capsules out of the packaging they will not keep well.
Keep the blister pack in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 degrees C.
Do not store Xenical, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills or other places where it may get hot, even for a short period.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep Xenical where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Use only as directed.
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