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

Some people have reported an allergy to Xenical or chronic malabsorption syndromes such as sprue or steatorrhea. XENICAL is not intended to be used in children or pregnant and nursing women.

How to take Xenical

Xenical is taken with each meal (three times daily). Your daily fat intake should be divided equally between these three meals so you will benefit from Xenical”s actions. Your medicine should be swallowed with water.

Side Effects of Xenical

Loose stools and increased gas or flatulence. These symptoms 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.

Normally, these symptoms disappear if you continue treatment and keep to your recommended diet.

Precautions when taking Xenical

This medicine can cause changes in your bowel habits, such as fatty or oily stools, due to the elimination of undigested fat in your stool.

XENICAL reduces the absorption of supplements of some fat soluble nutrients, particularly beta-carotene and vitamin E. You should therefore follow your doctor”s advice in taking a well balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.