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Subj: I am loosing weight
I had taken this product only 1-2 times a day as I was watching my fat intake. I was loosing quite rapidly and was thrilled. I noticed anxiety when I took it but stopped caffeine so and found it was better. After about 3 weeks my gums started to hurt and get inflamed. I thought it was due to germs from cold and flu I had. well the flu left and the mouth problems stayed. I went off the xenical for 2 weeks and my mouth seems better, so I started taking the xenical again yesterday. I want to see if my gums get sore again before stopping again. I am loosing weight on this medication. I hope to continue with it. Time will tell I guess. Good luck with it!
Subj: Hoping for a good outcome
I have been taking Zenical for over two weeks now and have lost around 6lb so far, although to be honest due to work commitments I haven't exercised as much as I could have. I did have the oily gas, however they have ceased since I amended my fat intake more. I am still on my early days however I am hoping for a good outcome.
Subj: Abdominal pain?
Has anyone has abdominal pain with liver density and inflamed stomach lymphnodes after taking Alli?
Subj: Best weight loss tablet
I lost 2 stone in 2 months on Xenical - the best weight loss tablet I have ever taken....hope to continue with this - no side effects because I am not eating any fat. I am exercising. If anybody has any doubts about taking this drug - just do it.
Subj: Xenical is a brilliant product
I started taking Xenical three years ago when I was clinically depressed and had attempted suicide a number of times following the departure of my wife with two men. My body weight was about 150 kg. 1.8m tall. I had chronic sleep apnia and was dying by inches. I am now down to 104 kg Swim for one hour a week am working hard, have a good business, have married again and feel good. My apnia is gone my specialist tells me. I am just stuck on 104kg. I think Xenical is a brilliant product. But want to lose more weight. Well...
Subj: Gall bladder problems?
I don't have a gall bladder. Does that constitute as "gall bladder problems" if I chose to use Xenical? Anyone know the answer?
AskDocWeb: Yes it does. For some people this may be a problem that requires special monitoring and may or may not exclude the use of Xenical. Be sure the doctor that prescribes your Xenical knows that your gall bladder has been removed.
Subj: No gas or diarrhea
I am on my 5th day of taking Xenical 3 times per day. I have not yet had any symptoms of oily gas or diareaha. Is this normal and how long does it usually take to start taking effect?
AskDocWeb: Yes this is normal, it depending on the amount of fat in the food you eat. The less fat, the less likely you are to have gas or diarrhea.
Subj: So far so good
I have been taking Xenical for a week, and have found good results I lost 5 pounds and feel good. I do have the oily bowel movements, but also am on a low carb low fat diet at the same time. So far so good I just hope it continues giving me good results.
Subj: Nasty side effects
Hi to all... I'm on xenical a week and I've had the nasty side effects, I eat a low fat diet, sometimes these side effects are terrible, I get bad stomach cramps, I lost 2 lbs this week, I expected to loose a lot more than this as two weeks previous to starting xenical I lost 8 lbs on my own.
Subj: Long-term and stomach bloat
Hi! I love the product, but have two questions. #1: I've lost over 40 lbs and am on it for over 1 yr. now (maintenance). Is there any long term harm that can come of taking Xenical long term? #2: I've noticed more stomach bloat in the past few days. Could this be a side effect of the Xenical, or could it be from some fat free foods I'm eating (pretzels, etc.) that have that sorbitol or whatever it is in it to make them taste good, but remain lowfat to fatfree?
AskDocWeb: The safety and effectiveness of using Xenical beyond two years has not been established. Hopefully you are taking a multivitamin supplement that contains fat-soluble vitamins to ensure adequate nutrition. The supplement should be taken once a day at least 2 hours before or after taking Xenical, such as at bedtime.
As for the bloating, have you considered the possibility that you may be wheat intolerant? Several readers have reported this problem so it may be worth checking out.
Subj: Gained pounds but lost inches
I am on my third week of Xenical. I have been fighting constipation, but having the typical greasy stool if I consume too much fat. To my disappointment I have actually gained a couple of pounds, but have lost a couple of inches. How is this possible, should I be concerned?
AskDocWeb: Since muscle is denser than fat, it takes up less space. That is what makes it possible to lose inches and not weight. You should be fine.
Subj: Vaginal dryness
I was diagnosed with genital herpes about two months ago, and since then, I have noticed an increase in vaginal dryness, which I've never had the problem of before. I take one valtrex pill a day. Could the valtrex be causing this dryness? If so, is there anything I can do to help it?
AskDocWeb: There are many causes of vaginal dryness but it is not listed as a side effect of Valtrex.
Subj: Xenical rash
I took xenical three times in 3 years. Each time I did lose weight and kept it off. I would use it for 3 months and then go off. Each time I took it I eventually got a rash on my feet, second rash was all over my legs, third rash was total body. They started as patches of pink bumps then by the 4th day turned bright red and then left. They did not itch at all but looked just like blood under my skin. I decided never to take xenical again.
Subj: Grease liver and high blood pressure?
Is there any problem using xenical when you have a grease liver and you suffer from high blood pressure? Thanks,
AskDocWeb: Typically Xenical is limited to those patients with a BMI of over 30 but if they have high blood pressure then a BMI of 27 or greater is indicated.
We are not sure what you mean by grease liver. Are you talking about the fatty degeneration of the liver produced by forced overfeeding? Na, can't be...
Subj: Is it safe?
I just started drinking xenical and stopped after a week. I became worried of the side effects and checked out this site. It surely works though, I want to continue taking it. I only take it once a day. Can I ask if it is safe to take it if I have my period? It's my first time taking diet pills. I'm just 19 so my mom gets worried a lot about me taking it. Not obese but a bit chubby and wants to lose weight. Thanks!
AskDocWeb: Because you mentioned drinking Xenical and you are not obese we think you should discuss this with your doctor before doing anything else.
Subj: Am I ok to carry on
I have been taking xenical and have lost weight my BMI is now 29 should I stop taking the tablets or am I ok to carry on.
AskDocWeb: If you don't know where you want to go, how will you know when you get? It sounds like you need to have a talk with your doctor to set a goal for an appropriate weight.
Subj: I seem to come to a stop
Hi there I been on meridia for almost 3 months I'm on my 3rd month I was wondering how long I should stay on this I have lost 20 pounds I'm down to 160 right now but I have seemed to come to a stop not gaining or loosing is this normal?
AskDocWeb: Yes it can stop working after a period of time as the body builds up a tolerance for it.
Subj: Using Xenical with other weight loss products
I just wanted to know is it possible to use both xenical and apidex together? Please reply some one.
AskDocWeb: Since Adipex is an appetite suppressant and xenical inhibits fat absorption it is conceivable that they could be prescribed together but you will have to check with your doctor to find out if it is safe for you to do that.
Subj: Leg pain
By leg pain being listed as a symptom of taking Xenical, does that include muscle spasm of the calf and sore tender muscles resulting?
AskDocWeb: Leg pain includes sore tender muscles but the only muscle spasms reported have been abdominal or stomach cramps.
Subj: Amazing drug
Xenical is a very amazing drug. I lost 40 pounds in 4 months. This is one of the few weight lost drugs that does have any serious side effects. Today I feel great thanks to Xenical. I will recommend this product to anyone.
Subj: Effect on unborn baby?
Hi all, I have taken xenical before and it seemed to work, that was about a year ago. I have just started taking it again well I took four days worth and now think I may be pregnant. Would taking four or five days worth effect an unborn baby???
AskDocWeb: No, it's highly unlikely that so few would have any effect on an unborn baby.
Hi, I'm 18 years of age and I'm not well over weight but only slightly and I'm considering to take xenical and I was wondering if youll recommend it and if so how much weight will I lose if I took the pill for 2 months and ate very well and also include exercise taken any pill or shakes before and it takes ages for my body to lose weight the natural way. Thank you,
AskDocWeb: We recommend you get a physical from your doctor and then let your doctor decide what would work best for you based on your current condition and medical history.
Subj: Gall bladder problems
If gall bladder problems are not a side affect of xenical (Gretchen 2007)why does it say on the patient information leaflet not advised for people with gall bladder problems. How could it cause problems? I took xenical with gall bladder problems and ended up with gall bladder pancretitis. Was xencal to blame? I am still taking it however. I have not yet had my gall bladder removed.
AskDocWeb: There is a big difference between a drug that causes a problem and one that aggravates an existing condition or makes it worse. It appears that some people with gall bladder problems may be able to take Xenical if the benefits outweigh the risks. The important thing is to make sure your doctor knows about your gall bladder problem before you start taking Xenical.
Subj: Need to lose 20 pounds
I started taking this two days ago and I had oily stool and gas with oily discharge already! I pray this works as I have to lose weight so that my chances of diabetes coming back is lowered. I weigh 157 and need to lose 20 pounds. I find that I dont want to eat crap...I am sure that alone will help the weight loss. I will keep you all posted weekly.
Subj: Colon/rectal cancer
This product is amazing and I have used it off and on for years. My question: What is the chance of colon/rectal cancer with this product?
AskDocWeb: The nonprofit group Public Citizen says Alli, made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been shown in mice studies to cause pre-cancerous lesions in the colon. Since there are no long-term studies on humans, this group believes the FDA should not have approved the drug for non-prescription use. It's not clear whether or not the pre-cancerous spots will lead to colon cancer but the mere suggestion that it might is enough, says a Public Citizen spokesperson. The FDA says there is not enough evidence to link Alli (Xenical) and colon cancer or breast cancer.
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