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Xenical FAQs

Is Xenical a magic pill?

Losing weight isn't easy and there is no magic pill, potion or prescription that can take the place of the hard yards that you have to do for yourself. It takes a combination of healthy eating, regular physical activity and the will-power to keep at it to achieve weight loss. Xenical works by blocking 30% of the fat you consume from being absorbed. If you reduce your calorie intake, participate in regular physical activity such as walking, and use Xenical you will start to see positive weight loss results.

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Do I need to take Xenical if having a low fat breakfast?

Xenical works only in the presence of dietary fat in your body. It is recommended that Xenical be taken with each main meal (ie 3 capsules per day) for positive weight loss results. If you are unsure of the amount of fat in your main meal, contact your pharmacist, doctor or practice nurse.

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How does Xenical work on body fat?

Xenical works in the presence of dietary fat and reduces the absorption of dietary fat by approximately 30%. The body will naturally tap into existing body fat stores for energy, which will result in a loss of body fat provided a balanced diet and regular physical activity is undertaken.

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Will Xenical still work on a low fat diet?

Yes, as most foods contain a small amount of fat. Xenical needs to be taken with a well balanced diet, rich in fruit and vegetables and low in fat. The daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three main meals. To gain the most benefit from Xenical, avoid eating high fat and high sugar snacks between meals.

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What results can I expect?

Xenical should be taken long term and must be taken as directed each day. Weight loss between individuals varies. Losing on average 2-4 kg a month is perfect for long-term success. Certainly, your chances of weight loss will increase by taking Xenical with every meal, changing the way you eat and increasing the amount of physical activity you do.

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What about side effects?

The most common unwanted side effects are related to the digestive system. Aim for less than 15 grams of fat with each meal and no more than 45 grams of fat a day, this includes all meals, snacks and drinks. However eat too much fat while you're taking Xenical and you may experience oily bowel motions or an increase in flatulence. For more information on side effects see your pharmacist.

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How soon after a meal would I notice a side effect?

The effect of Xenical may be seen as soon as 24 - 48 hours after taking Xenical and eating a fatty meal. However, this does vary between individuals and these side effects are generally mild, occur at the beginning of treatment, go away after a short period of time, and are particularly experienced after meals containing high levels of fat.

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When do I take Xenical?

Take Xenical exactly as directed. Follow all directions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor carefully.

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What is the difference between Xenical and appetite suppressants?

Xenical works by targeting the absorption of dietary fat in your body rather than suppressing your appetite. Xenical works locally in your digestive system to block approximately one third (30%) of the fat you eat from being absorbed. Unlike appetite suppressants, Xenical is minimally absorbed into the bloodstream.

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Can I take Xenical with other medications?

Discuss this with your pharmacist to determine if Xenical can be taken in addition to any other medicines you may be taking, including any supplements that you may have bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. For further information refer to the Taking other medicines' section in the Xenical Consumer Medicine Information.

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What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose and it is within one hour of the meal being eaten, then take Xenical as you have been directed, otherwise, skip the dose you missed and resume taking Xenical at your next main meal. Do not double a dose to make up for the one you have missed.

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Do weight loss plateaus occur whilst on Xenical?

During weight loss, there is an initial significant loss, then weight loss may slow down or even stop. This is known as plateauing and is a natural part of weight loss. Whilst on Xenical, you may also experience a plateauing. At this time, it is extremely important to stay motivated and focus on the positive results you have already achieved. To help you stay motivated, talk to your pharmacist, doctor or practice nurse.

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If I take Xenical, can I eat whatever I want?

Xenical should be taken with a well balanced diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables and low in fat (30% calories from fat). Your daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three main meals.

To gain the most benefit, avoid eating high fat snacks, such as biscuits, chocolate or savoury snacks between meals. Try to aim for less than 15g of fat per meal.

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Do I have to do strenuous exercise while taking Xenical?

No. In fact, to lose weight with Xenical, you don't have to join a health club or even 'do a strenuous work out'. You can achieve results simply by increasing the level of physical activity that you and your pharmacist or doctor decide is appropriate. Even walking a few minutes each day will make a difference.

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Xenical® (orlistat 120mg capsules) is a Pharmacist Only Medicine for weight loss/control in adults with an initial BMI ≥ 30. Common side effects: abdominal pain/discomfort, wind, fatty/oily stools, rectal pain/discomfort, urgent need to go to the toilet and low blood glucose. Do not use if you have problems absorbing nutrients or with your bile flow. Tell your pharmacist if you have chronic kidney disease or a history of kidney stones, or diabetes, or are taking any other medicines. Ask your pharmacist if Xenical is right for you. Always read the label and use strictly as directed. If you have side effects please see your pharmacist. For further information visit www.xenical.co.nz. All trademarks mentioned herein are protected by law. CPI based on CMI dated 7/12/2012
Xenical is an unfunded medicine; you will need to pay for this medicine.