Posted by: MBI | 2009/10/08


How does Xenical work? Where is it available, what is the cost and the side effects? For what period can one use it? Is it only for obese people, or also for people that want to get their MBI from 25 to 22?

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Dear MBI
Xenical is a medication that binds with fat from the diet in the digestive tract so that the fat is directly excreted and not absorbed. By not absorbing the fat in foods, this lowers the energy intake and can cause weightloss. Xenical must be used with a very-low-fat diet and can only be obtained by prescription. So discuss the use therefore with your medical dr. The side-effects are: a reduction in the intake of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) which therefore necessitates the use of supplements of such vitamins and loose stools (the fat passes directly out of the body) which could cause "accidents". Such accidents should not happen if the patient stick to a very-low-fat diet. Xenical is intended for patients who are obese, so I don't think it is indicated for you because your weight is already within the normal range and only requires a moderate reduction which you should be able to achieve with a balanced, energy-reduced diet and exercise.
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Posted by: Andre | 2009/10/10

Xenical although sounding brilliant in theory is one of the tablets with the most terrible side effects. Nearly no fat is tolerated by the body and the need to go to a bathroom is sudden and urgent. The waste passed by your system smells horrid and it can be incredibly embarrassing at times.
One of the few tablets where I think surgery is actually a better option. Do not even attempt these tablets without a dietitian close at hand

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