Xenical is a prescription drug manufactured by the Roche pharmaceutical company, which is intended for use to help obese patients to lose weight. It is generally prescribed when individuals over a certain level on the body mass index (BMI) have found that other natural diet plans have not been successful and added assistance is required in order to attain a healthier weight.
Who Can Be Prescribed Xenical?
Doctors cannot prescribe Xenical to every patient who wants to lose weight. Instead, patients must meet certain criteria to make sure that the benefits of the drug will outweigh the drawbacks of its use. For example, this pill is only to be prescribed to individuals who have a BMI that is higher than 30, and who are more of a risk of medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, and diabetes, as a result of their excess weight.
The reason that only people with a certain BMI will be prescribed Xenical is that if it is used by individuals who do not have a certain degree of additional weight, there is a risk of serious or even life-threatening reactions.
How Does Xenical Work?
This prescription medication functions to help a patient to lose weight by working as a fat blocker. This means that up to one third of all of the fat that is consumed in the dieter’s food will be blocked from being absorbed into the body. The fats that the body does not absorb will be removed from the body with the rest of the food waste that is not digested or absorbed. Clinical studies have shown that this can be highly effective.
It is important to note that just because one third of the fat will no longer be absorbed by the body, this doesn’t mean that the dieter can simply eat as much fatty food as he or she would like. In fact, it is important that Xenical users follow a careful diet that reduces fat intake by a certain degree, in order to avoid unpleasant side effects such as abdominal pain, flatulence, oily stool, or diarrhea.
The main active ingredient in the formula for Xenical is the generic drug known as Orlistat. There have been many studies that have indicated that this drug can be very helpful in assisting obese dieters in reducing their weight. That said, because it blocks fat, it may also lower the intake of fat soluble nutrients. Make sure to discuss this concern with your doctor as it may be recommended that you take nutritional supplements alongside the use of these pills.