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Xenical is a medicine or drug that can block the process of absorption of certain fats in our body. This medicine is extensively used in the management of obesity which include weight loss as well as weight maintenance. Xenical along with low calorie diet can prove to be effective in reducing extra weight in your body.

Some important facts to keep in mind before prescribing this medicine:

Xenical decreases the absorption of certain fat-soluble vitamins in the body. In order to get proper nutrition, multivitamins that contain vitamins D, E, K as well as beta carotene are recommended by many doctors. Vitamin supplements should be taken only once a day at least a couple of hours before or after taking Xenical dose. Never exceed the prescribed dosage as it may cause adverse effects on your health. Administration of Xenical is strictly avoided in the following cases: –

• Gallbladder problems;
• Chronic malabsorption syndrome;
• Diabetes;
• History of kidney stones;
• Taking any other medicines for weight loss;
• Bulimia or anorexia;
• Taking cyclosporine drugs.

Xenical falls under the FDA pregnancy category B which states that this medicine is not expected to cause any kind of harm to the developing embryo during the period of pregnancy. It is not yet known whether Xenical passes into breast milk or not so it is better to consult your doctor before taking this medicine in case you are breast feeding your child.

How to take this medicine?

Xenical dose should be taken exactly the way the doctor has prescribed you. Never exceed the prescribed dose as this may cause serious side effects in your body. Each dose of Xenical should be taken with a glassful of water. The medicine is usually taken along with the main meal containing fat as one of the prime constituents.

What are the possible side effects associated with this medicine?

Xenical may exhibit a variety of side effects which include the following: –
• Allergic reactions leading to hives, swelling of mouth, tongue, throat and lips, breathing troubles;
• Frequent visit to the toilet;
• Oily spotting;
• Fatty stool;
• Uncontrolled bowel movements;
• Orange colored oil in bowel;
Call the doctor immediately if any of these symptoms are experienced!


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