XENICAL.com -- What to Expect on Your Doctor Visit
Talking With Your Doctor
Talking with your doctor about weight loss can be difficult. You will need to
work together to determine the diet, physical activity and other lifestyle
modifications that will help you achieve your goals -- and whether a
prescription medicine can give your plan a boost.
By showing your doctor what you know about XENICAL and that you're committed
to the recommended diet and lifestyle modifications, you will increase your chances of
having a productive office visit and getting the weight-loss information you want and
need. Your doctor will appreciate both your prompt, ready responses to
questions and the fact that you're taking the time to seriously consider your
weight and its effect on your health.
To be fully prepared, follow these three steps:
Getting Your Prescription
- First, gather all the prescription, nonprescription and herbal
medicines you take, including vitamins. Bring the medicine bottles with
you so there will be no question as to what you are taking.
- When evaluating your weight-loss options, your doctor will probably
have questions about your eating habits and activity levels. A potentially successful
candidate for treatment with XENICAL should be willing and able to stick
with diet modifications and to have realistic weight-loss goals. Keeping
a Daily Diary for 1 week before your appointment
can help your doctor get an accurate picture of your diet and lifestyle.
Increasing your physical activity by adding walking or other physical
activities to your daily life can help you become a more successful and healthier patient over the long term. Be prepared
to talk to your doctor about what types of physical activity you should
- To help your doctor determine your health risks and whether you may
have a genetic tendency to gain weight, write down your family's health
history. What medical conditions do your family members suffer from?
Diabetes? Heart disease? High blood pressure or high cholesterol? Are any
other family members overweight?
When your doctor writes you a prescription, he or she will give you specific
instructions on how to take XENICAL. You should receive some patient materials
that will explain how to determine the fat content of certain foods to help you
plan a diet that includes no more than 30% of calories from fat.
XENICAL is a prescription medicine used with a low calorie diet to increase weight loss in people with obesity. XENICAL may help obese people lose weight and keep the weight off.
It is not known if XENICAL is safe and effective in children under 12 years old.
Important Safety Information
Do not take XENICAL if you:
Before you take XENICAL, tell your doctor if you:
- are pregnant. A minimum weight gain, and no weight loss, is currently recommended for all pregnant women, including those who are already overweight or obese.
- have food absorption problems (chronic malabsorption syndrome)
- have gallbladder problems (cholestasis)
- are allergic to orlistat or any of the ingredients in XENICAL
- have liver problems
- have kidney problems
- have problems with your thyroid
- have eating problems such as anorexia or bulimia
- have diabetes
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XENICAL passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor before you breastfeed and take XENICAL.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your doctor if you are taking:
XENICAL may cause serious side effects, including:
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, Restasis, Sangcya)
- beta-carotene or vitamin E supplements
- levothyroxine (Levo-T, Levolet, Levothyroid, Levothyroxine Sodium, Levoxyl, Novothyrox, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid)
- warfarin (Athrombin, Athrombin-K, Coumadin, Jantoven, Panwarfin, Warfarin Sodium)
- Lowered absorption of certain vitamins in your body. Take a multivitamin containing vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene one time each day. Take a multivitamin at least 2 hours before or after you take XENICAL, such as at bedtime.
- Severe liver problems. Stop taking XENICAL and call your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms of liver problems:
- loss of appetite
- itchy skin
- yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
- amber-colored urine
- light-colored bowel movements (stools)
- pain in the upper right portion of your stomach
- Kidney problems. Your doctor may do certain tests to check your kidney function during treatment with XENICAL. Call your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms of kidney problems:
- swelling, especially of the legs and feet
- little or no urine output
- frequent or painful urination
- blood in the urine
- loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
- severe pain in the back, belly or groin
- Gallbladder problems (gallstones). Call your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms of gallstones:
- pain in the upper right portion of your stomach
The most common side effects of XENICAL include:
*Oily discharge may be clear or have an orange or brown color.
How should I take XENICAL?
- oily* rectal discharge
- passing gas with oily discharge*
- urgent need to have a bowel movement
- oily* or fatty stools
- increased number of bowel movements
- being unable to control your bowel movements
Take XENICAL with a nutritionally balanced, low calorie diet that has no more than about 30% of calories from fat. Taking XENICAL with any meal high in fat (more than 30% fat) may make the common side effects worse.
- Take XENICAL exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
- Your doctor will tell you how much XENICAL to take and when to take it.
- Take XENICAL with your meals or up to one hour after your meal. If you miss a meal or have a meal without fat, you can skip your dose of XENICAL. If you take a cyclosporine medicine, take XENICAL and cyclosporine at least 3 hours apart. See "What should I tell my doctor before taking XENICAL?" for a complete list of cyclosporine medicines.
- If you take a multivitamin, take it at least 2 hours before or after you take XENICAL. Bedtime is a good time to take your multivitamin.
- If you take a levothyroxine medicine, take XENICAL and levothyroxine at least 4 hours apart. See "What should I tell my doctor before taking XENICAL?" for a complete list of levothyroxine medicines.
- If you take a cyclosporine medicine, take it at least 3 hours after you take XENICAL. See "What should I tell my doctor before taking XENICAL?"
If you take too much XENICAL call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital
emergency room right away.
These are not all the possible side effects of XENICAL. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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