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If you've used Xenical, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.


Subj: My stool is green
Date: 10/22/2009
I have been using Xenical for about 7 days now, and no constipation at all. I don't think it's working. The only thing that had changed is that my stool is green, and not a lot comes out. Should Xenical make me feel constipated, and should I have like an oily stool, other than just small green clumps?
Patricia

AskDocWeb: Constipation is not listed as a side effect of Xenical. Only about 20% (1 out of 5) of patients experience an oily stool. The greenish color comes from bile that doesn't break down completely. Bile is a yellow-green fluid that digests fats. As the bile travels through your gastrointestinal tract it is chemically altered by enzymes that change the color from green to brown. All shades of brown and even green are considered normal.


Subj: Loving life and losing weight
Date: 10/23/2009
Hi, I am a 38 year old female with 2 lower bulging dics. I originally tried Xenical 2 years ago and had great results however whilst I was at work and sometime unable to go to the toilet quickly it became a problem. Since then I have had lap banding done and have lost 16kgs or 35.2lbs. My BMI was 35.9 so for lap banding I was very small only just getting in by .9. I have been using Xenical and also have a personal trainer. I am loving life and losing weight has had me feel so much better. I have another 16 kgs to go as I want to get down to 60kgs or 132lbs so I am 1/2 way there. Had the lap band done 6 months ago.
Sharyn.


Subj: Does Xenical effect skin complexion?
Date: 10/28/2009
I've been taking xenical for a month... I noticed my skin was being darken.... May I know if xenical affects my skin complexion?
Michelle

AskDocWeb: There are no reports of Xenical having any affect on skin complexion.


Subj: Didn't lose a pound
Date: 11/4/2009
I have been taking Xenical for a week and a half, I didn't lose any pound, didn't have any side effect...do you think I should stop?
Mary

AskDocWeb: You may want to check back with your doctor to find out if your dosage needs to be adjusted or if there is anything else you need to be doing to help you lose weight.


Subj: This is very frustrating
Date: 11/6/2009
I have been on xenical for about 1.5 years. For the past couple of months I have noticed I no longer lose weight but am actually gaining again. That is why I went on it in the first place. I was gaining weight, almost 2lbs a week, I had no control over it. Even my doctors didn't know the cause, they just guessed maybe it was my age (in my 40's). But now I have gained 9lbs. This is very frustrating. What do you suggest. I now need to lose 40lbs instead of 30. I had lost 30lbs originally. Please help. I no longer have fatty stools like before.
Marg

AskDocWeb: Please remember that this website is for sharing information about side effects. The information here is freely available but if you want medical advice you have to Adpay for it.


Subj: Is it safe?
Date: 11/13/2009
I am 19 years old, and still in college. I weigh 63 pounds now, and now I want to take xenical. Is it safe to take it without consulting a doctor? I am an anemic person, may this can cause any side effects, if ever I take it??.. pleas help me.. I want to be thin. Thank you guys...
Kaex

AskDocWeb: It is NOT safe to take a prescription drug without consulting a doctor. That is why a prescription is required in order to buy it. Typically Xenical is prescribed only for obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. The only exception is if the patient has high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, and then it is allowed for those with a BMI of 27 or greater. You can use our calculator to find your BMI.


Subj: Medications that Xenical may affect
Date: 11/15/2009
My wife started taking Xenical a couple of weeks ago and starting having sleep problems. She is a hypo-manic bi-polar on 4 medications. Now it seems as if some of the other meds are not working anymore and the only change was the Xenical. Is there a list of medications that Xenical may affect other than the few listed above?
Mike

AskDocWeb: Yes, here are the most important drug interactions with Xenical. There is only one drug that has a major interaction with Xenical and that is cyclosporine, sold under the brand names of Gengraf, Neoral, and Sandimmune.

Moderate drug interactions are listed for Anisindione (brand name Miradon), dicumarol, levothyroxine (brand names Eltroxin, Euthyrox, Eutroxsig, Evotrox, L Thyroxine Roche, Levo-T, Levotabs, Levotec, Levothroid, Levothyrox, Levoxyl, Oroxine, Synthroid, Tirosint, and Unithroid), liothyronine (brand names Cytomel and Triostat), Liotrix (brands Thyrolar, Thyrolar , Thyrolar-1, Thyrolar-1/2, Thyrolar-1/4, Thyrolar-2, and Thyrolar-3), thyroid desiccated (brands Armour Thyroid, Bio-Throid, Nature-Throid, and Westhroid), and warfarin (brand names Coumadin and Jantoven).

There are over 1,000 products known to have minor drug interactions with Xenical so be sure to tell your doctor about all medications and supplements being taken.


Subj: Didn't lose any
Date: 11/18/2009
I have been taking xenical for a month and didn't lose any pound, I had side effects a few times, do you think I should stop taking the pills? please advice.
Mary

AskDocWeb: If you didn't lose any weight then you need to check back with your doctor to find out which part of the weight loss program might need to be adjusted.


Subj: Prescription to buy xenical?
Date: 11/19/2009
Do I need a prescription to buy xenical if not I will like to order 84 caps.
Victoria

AskDocWeb: Xenical is available only with a prescription from your doctor.


Subj: Wait and see
Date: 11/21/2009
I have just started taking xenical three days ago, I have put on three stone in the last six months, I went to the doctor she put me on xenical, so now it is wait and see.
Mary


Subj: Prone to urinary tract infections
Date: 12/4/2009
I like xenical. It helps in the weight loss and makes me more conscious of the food I eat. I have been taking it on and off for about 2 years, I think. However, lately I've been experiencing lower back pains and urinary tract infections. The back pains are new to me but the infections, I've been having those once in awhile since my 20s. I'm 34 now. I'm also worried about my kidneys, since I am prone to urinary tract infections with or without xenical. Do you think I should stop?
Ivee

AskDocWeb: Urinary tract infections are listed as a possible side effect but the decision to stop or continue should be made with the help of your doctor.


Subj: Losing weight after pregnancy
Date: 12/5/2009
Hi, I gave birth to my child 4 months ago and I'm no more breastfeeding. I gained 30 KG during my pregnancy. I started using xenical about a week now. I want to know what will happen to my body after loosing the weight and stop taking xenical? I'm on a low calorie low fat diet now. Will my body react the opposite way after stopping the pill and gain the lost weight? Thanks,
Arezou

AskDocWeb: Remember that it took you nine months to gain that extra weight so don't expect to lose it quickly. If you are breastfeeding, weight loss is likely to be easier after your baby is six months old. During the first six months your body is hoarding fat stores to ensure that you have enough calories to feed your baby. As long as you continue eating healthy you have about a 70% chance of keeping the weight off.


Subj: Stomach discomfort
Date: 12/8/2009
I have started to take xinical for the past three days 3 pills a day one before each meal, and I am following a diet, however, I'm feeling discomfort in my stomach? I am 21 years old and 68 kilos my ideal weight should be 58 should I take 2 pills instead of three, or should I continue and this feeling will go away later?
Hanna

AskDocWeb: Abdominal discomfort or pain is listed as one of the side effects that should be reported to your doctor.


Subj: No side effects but not losing weight
Date: 12/19/2009
Hi, I have been on Xenical for 12 weeks now, I started off losing weight and have lost 8kg and for the last 4 weeks nothing has come off. What could have caused this? I have been eating the same foods and have had no side effects for the pills.
Charlotte

AskDocWeb: Weight loss programs often need to be adjusted periodically. It sounds like you might want to check back with your doctor to find out what needs to be adjusted.


Subj: Lost a stone and half
Date: 12/25/2009
25/12/09 been taking xenical 3 months now lost a stone and half hoping too lose another 4 stone for next Christmas will be a slim 12 cant wait.
Twobigmelons


Subj: When to take Xenical
Date: 12/28/2009
I was informed by my Dr to take this product 20 mins before food although all websites say with or up to an hour after. Please advise which is more effective. And if I cant take it exactly 20 mins before is better to have it with food or take it sooner (if that makes sense)???
SA

AskDocWeb: Remember that you doctor's advice is specific to your situation or custom designed just for you. Just because it can be taken up to an hour after a meal does not mean that is best for you. In order to make this medication as effective as possible, follow your doctor's instructions as close as you can.


Subj: Very hot
Date: 12/30/2009
I go very hot when I take xienical, I mean very hot to the point I feel like passing out is this normal?
Marie

AskDocWeb: That is not listed as one of the possible side effects so check with your doctor.


Subj: Just started taking xenical
Date: 1/24/2010
I've just started taking xenical for the last 4 days, my doctor advised me about the low fat diet and all the rest that I should avoid. Up to now everything is ok, no funny poohs none of that oily orangey stuff that comes out of your bottom, but a lot more visit to the loo for a wee but that's it not sure if its working ok, il wait for a few more weeks and see if ive lost any weight.
Rose


Subj: Unbearable back pain
Date: 1/28/2010
Hi. I tried Xenical on different occassions. I had terrible lower back pain the entire time-both times. I lost 40 pounds but, the back pain became unbearable. My Dr. said I was 1 in thousands. so, anyone out there trying it-good luck!
Kristina


Subj: What happens if you take expired medication?
Date: 1/28/2010
My question is what happens if you take it after it expires?
Toni

AskDocWeb: It is NOT safe to take any expired medication. This also applies to over-the-counter as well as prescription drugs. Over time, these products degrade and changes in chemical composition make them at lest ineffective and at worse, dangerous. This is why the patient information directs you to discard expired medication.

It is important to properly dispose of expired medication. Please do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. The waste water you flush down the drain has to be treated before that water is returned to our waterways. The cities downstream from your city may use that same water for drinking. Of course they have to treat it first, and drugs in the water increase that expense. The federal government has guidelines for disposing of prescription drugs. The Guidelines recommend:
  • Remove drugs from original container. By removing unwanted, unused, or expired medicine from its original container, you are ensuring that medicine will not fall in the wrong hands. Orange prescription bottles are easily recognizable and can be stolen from garbage cans and landfills.
  • Mix drugs with undesirable refuse and throw in garbage. Guidelines suggest mixing medications with items like used coffee grinds or cat litter and placing them in a sealed bag, empty can, or jar. Throw container in trash can. This extra step can prevent accidental overdose by children and pets and also possible drug theft.
  • Take drugs to pharmacy for safe disposal. Many pharmacies accept unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal. If not, call your local health department or hospital pharmacy and ask if they will accept your medicine.
  • Do not flush old prescription drugs down the toilet. Unless otherwise stated on the label or in the drug information pamphlet given to you by your pharmacist, do not flush unwanted prescription medication down the toilet. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently researching how prescription drugs affect U.S. waterways.
These guidelines are intended to help curb drug abuse, accidental overdose, and protect U.S. water sources.

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