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Xenical 120mg Orlistat


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  • Type of medicine

    Prescription medication

  • Effective within

    Varies; some individuals may see results within a few weeks

  • Works by

    Blocking the absorption of dietary fat in the digestive system

  • Active ingredient


  • Strength

    120mg per capsule

  • Common side effects

    Oily spotting, oily stools, flatulence, frequent bowel movements, stomach discomfort

  • Generic

    Yes, generic versions of Orlistat are available

  • Use with alcohol

    No specific interactions with alcohol have been reported, but it's advisable to consume alcohol in moderation and consider its calorie content in relation to your weight management goals

Xenical 120mg Orlistat


Xenical Cap 120mg (GB) is a medication that contains the active ingredient Orlistat. This medication is commonly used to aid weight loss in individuals who are overweight or obese. It works by blocking the absorption of fat in the digestive system, helping patients reduce their calorie intake and achieve their weight loss goals.


Xenical Cap 120mg (GB) should be taken as directed by a healthcare professional or as indicated on the prescription label. It is typically recommended to take one capsule with each of the three main meals of the day, or as directed by your healthcare provider. It's important to follow a reduced-calorie diet while taking Xenical to achieve the best results. If you miss a meal or your meal does not contain any fat, you can skip your Xenical dose for that particular meal. Do not exceed the recommended dosage, and always consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.


The active ingredient in Xenical Cap 120mg (GB) is Orlistat. Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor, which means it works by blocking the action of enzymes known as lipases in the digestive tract. Lipases are responsible for breaking down dietary fat into smaller molecules that can be absorbed by the body. By inhibiting these enzymes, Orlistat reduces the absorption of dietary fat, leading to a decrease in calorie intake and promoting weight loss.
Each Xenical Cap 120mg (GB) capsule contains 120mg of Orlistat. The inactive ingredients may vary depending on the manufacturer, so it is essential to read the product label for a complete list of ingredients if you have any allergies or sensitivities.

Side effects

Xenical Cap 120mg (GB) may cause side effects in some individuals. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. Common side effects may include:
Oily spotting: You may experience oily spotting from the rectum, which can be accompanied by an urgent need to have a bowel movement.
Oily stools: Some people may notice that their stools become oily, loose, or have an unusual appearance.
Flatulence: Increased flatulence or gas with an oily discharge may occur.
Frequent bowel movements: You may have more frequent bowel movements, especially during the initial days of treatment.
Stomach discomfort: Mild stomach discomfort or abdominal pain is another potential side effect.
In rare cases, individuals may experience more severe side effects, such as severe abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, or signs of liver problems. If you experience any of these severe side effects, stop taking Xenical and seek immediate medical attention.
It's essential to note that the above list of side effects is not exhaustive. If you experience any side effects not listed here or have concerns about the side effects, consult your healthcare provider.


Before using Xenical Cap 120mg (GB), it is crucial to consider the following warnings and precautions:
Allergies: Inform your healthcare provider of any allergies you have, especially if you are allergic to Orlistat or any other ingredients in the medication.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Xenical should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding unless recommended by a healthcare professional.
Medical conditions: Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider, particularly if you have a history of kidney stones, pancreatitis, gallbladder problems, or if you are taking any other medications.
Vitamin absorption: Xenical may affect the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). It is advisable to take a daily multivitamin supplement containing these vitamins, as prescribed by your healthcare provider, to ensure you receive adequate nutrition.
Diet and exercise: Xenical is most effective when used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and regular physical activity. Consult with a healthcare professional or dietitian to create a personalized weight loss plan.
Liver function: Regular monitoring of liver function is essential, as Xenical may rarely cause liver problems. Notify your healthcare provider of any unusual symptoms, such as dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), or persistent abdominal pain.
Children and elderly: The safety and effectiveness of Xenical in children under 12 and adults over 65 years of age have not been established. Consult with your healthcare provider for appropriate weight management strategies in these age groups.
Overdose: If you accidentally take more Xenical capsules than prescribed, seek immediate medical attention.

Patient information leaflet

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How quickly can I expect to see results with Xenical Cap 120mg (GB)?

Xenical's effectiveness varies from person to person. Some individuals may begin to see weight loss within a few weeks of starting the medication, while others may take longer. The key to success with Xenical is consistency in taking the medication, following a reduced-calorie diet, and engaging in regular physical activity. It's essential to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized expectations and guidance.

Can I continue taking my other medications while using Xenical?

It's important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are currently taking. While Xenical typically does not interact with most medications, it is essential to discuss any potential interactions with your healthcare provider. They can help you make any necessary adjustments to your medication regimen.

Are there any age restrictions for using Xenical Cap 120mg (GB)?

Xenical is approved for use in adults, but its safety and effectiveness in individuals under the age of 12 or over 65 have not been established. If you fall into either of these age groups, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider to explore alternative weight management strategies tailored to your specific needs.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Xenical?

If you miss a dose of Xenical and your meal does not contain any fat, you can skip that particular dose. It's important not to double your dosage to make up for the missed dose. Simply resume your regular dosing schedule with your next meal containing fat. Always consult with your healthcare provider if you have concerns about missed doses.

Can I take Xenical if I have a history of liver problems?

Individuals with a history of liver problems should exercise caution when using Xenical. This medication has rarely been associated with liver issues. It is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider, who may recommend regular monitoring of liver function during your treatment. If you experience any symptoms of liver problems, such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), dark urine, or persistent abdominal pain, stop taking Xenical and seek immediate medical attention.

Medically reviewed and published

This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead |

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