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Xenical (orlistat)


Xenical is a prescription weight-control medication useful for the long-term treatment of significant obesity.

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The following information is a summary about XENICAL. It is not intended to replace a doctor's instructions.

Capsules
Chemical Name: ORLISTAT (OR-li-stat)

Common uses
This medicine is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor used to treat obesity.
 

Before using
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Cyclosporine should be taken at least 2 hours before or after orlistat to assure maximum absorption of the cyclosporine into your bloodstream. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of malabsorption syndrome or gallbladder conditions. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
 

Directions
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE COMES WITH A PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. Take this medicine with or up to 1 hour after each main meal that contains fat. Taking this medicine with low-fat meals will lessen the side effects that can occur. If you miss a meal or the meal contains no fat, do not take a dose of this medicine. IF YOU ARE TAKING A MULTIPLE VITAMIN, take it either 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.
 

Cautions
DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE. Exceeding the recommended dose will not make you lose more weight. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine. IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, this medicine may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
 

Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include oily stools or spotting, increased number of bowel movements, bowel movement urgency, poor bowel movement control, or gas with discharge. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
 

Drug interactions
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your medicines interact with each other.
 

If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
 

Additional information
FOLLOW THE DIETARY PLAN provided by your doctor. Your daily intake of fat should be divided evenly over 3 meals. When you eat food high in fat you increase the chance of side effects as listed above. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.


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