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Orlistat (Xenical) is a drug prescribed to obese people which helps them lose all the extra fat from the body. This weight losing drug is especially prescribed to people having health issues like diabetes, blood pressure or high cholesterol.


Xenical has unique physical and chemical properties that make the pill most ideal for obesity management. Indeed, the medication is considered to be the one of the gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor. The weight loss pill is soluble in ethanol and methanol. Unlike other active ingredient, orlistat is absolutely insoluble in water. The inactive ingredients of the medication are sodium lauryl sulfate, microcrystalline cellulose, Povidone and sodium starch Glycolate. The physical properties of this weight loss pill are in sharp contrast with other medications of the same category. It is strictly meant only for oral administration. With regards to chemical properties, its metabolites are bound to plasma proteins. The half-life of primary metabolite is three hours, whereas that of secondary metabolite is 13.5 hours. And, this happens to be the reason for its slow elimination process in the body. The general half-life of the medication is shorter and hence the dosing frequency can be in frequent intervals.

Orlistat (Xenical)is however most popular amongst the bodybuilders who take this drug as a dietary supplement along with their workout routine. The main function of this supplement is to absorb the fats and keep away from accumulating inside the body. This drug is basically a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor which prohibits the fats from settling inside the body, with an absorption rate of thirty percent.


When taken along with hard core exercise and a low fat routine, this prescription is reported to give the best results. Before using this drug, it is advised to consult a medical practitioner to avoid any kind of complications. However, as a general pattern, it is taken one hour after the consumption of a meal containing fats. Body builders are advised to take it three times a day as their supplement routine.

Following are some of the apparent advantages of using Orlistat (Xenical):

  • Reduces weight up to 10% which is the reason why it is one of the most recommended drugs for body builders
  • Helps in lowering blood pressure and the sugar level
  • It is perfectly healthy for the digestive system with no side effects on cardiovascular system
  • This drug is non-addictive
  • Tolerability level of this prescription is also high

The pill however along with its benefit can also result in certain side effects like severe lower back pain, noticing blood while urinating, urinating less than usual, shortness of breath, weight gain, sweating, and drowsiness.


Orlistat medication can be taken by mouth with liquid. It is recommended to take one 120 mg capsule of Orlistat (Xenical) three times a day. The capsule should be taken during or after one hour of every meal that contains fats.

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