Xenical is a prescription-only weight loss medication used to help people with obesity lose weight and keep it off. It is the brand name for the generic drug orlistat, which is a lipase inhibitor. Xenical works by blocking the action of lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat in the intestine. This prevents the absorption of some of the fat from the food you eat, leading to weight loss. Xenical is an effective weight loss medication, but it is important to remember that it is only part of a weight loss program that includes a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
Active Ingredients and Synonyms
The active ingredient in Xenical is orlistat. It is also known as tetrahydrolipstatin and its chemical name is (S)-2-formyl-2-(4-methylpentanoyl)amino-4-oxobutanoic acid.
Xenical is used to treat obesity in adults, along with a reduced-calorie diet and regular physical activity. It is used in people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher, or 27 kg/m2 or higher in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol.
Xenical is an effective weight loss medication that can help people with obesity lose weight and keep it off. Studies have shown that people taking Xenical lost an average of 5-7% of their body weight compared to those taking a placebo. This may help to reduce the risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Like all medications, Xenical can cause side effects. The most common side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and flatulence. Other side effects may include headache, back pain, and urinary tract infection. It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience while taking Xenical.