Orlistat is produced in mass numbers under the brand name Xenical. Orlistat inhibits some amount of fat present in the foods from getting absorbed in the body. Xenical is a dietary medicine. It aids in weight loss and also nullifies the risk of regaining weight that is reduced. Orlistat works better when used with a proper low calorie diet. This oral medication is only recommended for adults and it should not be prescribed to children.
What cautions should I take before starting the Orlistat dosage?
Xenical is considered as a dangerous drug. If it’s not consumed in a proper way, then this dietary medicine may become a reason of various health complications. The drug is not recommended during pregnancy and any one with gall bladder problems should not take it. Orlistat should not be prescribed to anyone below 18 and if you are facing eating disorders, then this drug is not meant for you.
What foods should I avoid?
Orlistat is only a part of your weight loss program, so, when balanced with low calorie diet and proper exercise, it can help you to lose weight very fast. The daily consumption of fats, proteins and carbohydrates should be equally divided in the daily meals and it is must for an individual on Xenical dosage to follow the diet chart as well as to do proper physical exercises as suggested by the dietician. The high fat diet should be cautiously avoided as it may form unpleasant complications in your gut after interacting with Orlistat.
Xenical should be taken three times a day with each three main meals which should not contain above 30% of fat content. The medicine can be taken with food or within 1 hour of consumption of the meal. If by any chance you skip a meal, then it is recommended to skip the dosage for that meal too. The fat content of the meals must be kept in check. Suppose if you eat 1100 calories per day, then the fat intake should not surpass 330 calories. The best idea is to get your diet planned by an authorised nutrition specialist. One should keep the daily intake of fats, carbohydrates and proteins in check. It is also the user’s duty to strictly follow the diet chart and do regular exercises.
Xenical can cause trouble in absorption of fat soluble vitamins and minerals. So, doctor may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements. The supplements are recommended to be taken before nap time at least after 2 hours of Orlistat intake.
What are the side effects of Xenical?
Some people may show allergic reaction to Xenical. You should immediately stop using the medicine and call your physician if you witness the following symptoms:
- Severe lower back pain
- Difficulty during urination and defecation. Also blood in urine and stool.
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
There are some temporary side effects like oily stool, oil spots in undergarments, gas discharge, loose motion, stomach pain, nausea etc., that one can probably witness during the start of the medication. These complications are temporary and will eventually vanquish with time.