Xenical Capsules
  • Xenical Capsules

Xenical Capsules

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Medication features

  • Cheaper Generic >>> Orlistat
  • Reduces the amount of fat the body absorbs
  • Should be used as part of an exercise / diet programme

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.


Xenical Online

You can request to buy Xenical weight loss medication online, from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. After completing your assessment and checking out, your order will be passed to our UK registered doctors for review. If approved, our pharmacy team will dispense and dispatch your medication to your chosen address.

Xenical works by preventing about a third of the fat from the food you eat from being digested. The undigested fat is not absorbed and is passed out with your feces. This helps you avoid gaining weight but does not necessarily cause you to lose weight. Therefore, it’s still important to stick to your recommended diet and exercise plan.

Xenical is usually recommended if you have made a significant effort to lose weight through diet, exercise or changing your lifestyle. Even then, Xenical is only prescribed if you have:
• a body mass index (BMI) of 28 or more and other conditions related to weight, such as high blood pressure
• a BMI of 30 or more

Treatment must be combined with a low-fat diet and other weight loss strategies, such as doing more exercise. Xenical is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.


How Does Xenical Work?

Xenical works by binding to the enzymes in the body to prevent the absorption of fat. On average, Xenical will work on around a quarter to one-third of the fat you eat. Instead of this fat being absorbed, it passes through your gut. For people with high-fat diets, this can result in oily stools.

Who can use Xenical?

Xenical is indicated in people with a BMI over 30, or in people who have a BMI over 28, with another weight-related condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

What is the difference between Xenical and Orlistat?

Xenical is the branded version of the drug, Xenical. Xenical is the generic form of Xenical. Medically, they are exactly the same drug and contain exactly the same strength (120mg of Xenical).

What is the difference between Orlistat / Xenical and Alli?

Alli is an over the counter version of Xenical, which is half the strength of the prescribed version. Alli contains 60mg of Xenical, compared to 120mg in Xenical and generic prescription Orlistat.

What is the dosage and duration of treatment of Xenical?

One Xenical capsule is taken with each main meal (to a maximum of three capsules daily). You can take the capsule before, during or up to one hour after each meal.

If you miss a meal or the meal does not contain any fat, you may not need to take the orlistat capsule; check the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.

Treatment with Orlistat (Xenical) should only continue beyond three months if you have lost 5% of your body weight. It usually starts to affect how you digest fat within one to two days. If orlistat has not worked after three months, it is unlikely to be an effective treatment for you.

If you have type 2 diabetes, it can take longer to lose weight using Orlistat (Xenical), so your target weight loss after three months may, therefore, be slightly lower.

If Orlistat (Xenical) is successful after three months, your prescription may be continued for up to a year. After that, your GP will review your condition and decide whether you should continue with Orlistat (Xenical).

How effective is Xenical?

Xenical helps reduce fat absorption by 25-33%. In trials, patients on Xenical are twice as likely to lose over 10% of their body weight over the course of a year, in comparison to someone using diet alone. It should be noted, when taking Xenical, diet and exercise are still key in achieving the best results.


Treatment Comparison

IngredientOrlistat 60mgOrlistat 120mgOrlistat 120mg
MechanismReduces fat absorptionReduces fat absorptionReduces fat absorption
DoseOne three times daily with mealsOne three times daily with mealsOne three times daily with meals

Side Effects

What are the Side Effects Of Xenical?

Common side effects of Xenical can include
  • fatty or oily stools
  • needing the toilet urgently
  • passing stools frequently
  • oily discharge from your rectum (you may have oily spots on your underwear)
  • flatulence (wind)
  • stomach pain
  • Headaches


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Xenical Information Leaflet



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