Xenical is a medication designed to treat obesity. Its function is to prevent the absorption of fats from the gastrointestinal tract and this way reduce caloric intake. Xenical is supposed to be administered together with a physician-supervised reduced-calorie diet.
Xenical is the saturated derivate of lipstatin. This is a very potent natural inhibitor of pancreatic lipases extracted from the bacterium Streptomyces toxytricini. People who are planning to take Xenical must be familiar with the precise dose and all the potential side effects of the medication.
Proper Xenical Dosage
It is essential to take Xenical during the meal or within an hour after eating. This way the drug can provide the patient with its effects and prevent absorption of fats. Only in case one skips a meal or consumes food that does not contain fat he/she does not have to take the medication.
Xenical may decrease the amount of vitamins that the body absorbs from the food. This particularly refers to liposoluble vitamins (D, E, K, A). This is why people who are treated with Xenical must take a multivitamin tablet containing A, D, E, K and beta carotene once a day (at bedtime).
A person should also pay attention on the amount of fat taken via food. Namely, the diet must not include more than 30% of fat. Patients are supposed to consult a doctor who will recommend a well-balanced diet (optimal intake of all nutrients including fats, carbohydrates and proteins).
Patients must never take more Xenical than it is prescribed in order to achieve better results. Overdosing may cause serious side effects and have no impact on faster loosing weight.
Xenical dosage varies among people. Once the doctor has decided what dose is suitable for each of the patients they must stick to this recommendation. The doctor is allowed to alter the dose of the drug according to patient's general health and depending on the results he/she wants to achieve.
It is essential to mention that if a person has a fat-containing meal and misses a dose of Xenical for any reason, he/she must not take a double dose during the following meal under no circumstances.
How to Store Xenical?
It is very important to store Xenical (as well as any other medication) properly and prevent some of potential chemical reactions that may cause adverse reactions once the drug is taken. This particular medication is supposed to be stored away from heat and direct sunlight, kept from freezing (not kept in refrigerator) and in case it has expired it must be properly discarded.