At present there are many drugs in the market for weight loss. Patients from all walks of life come to clinics in search of medication which is going to make them thinner without any effort. No exercise, no dieting. It seems like the perfect and obvious choice. But is it? What about the side effects of these medications? Would it do more harm than good?
For the answer, we may have to go a little bit into the history of weight loss medications. In the 90's, a popular medication for weight loss was commonly prescribed. It was called “phen-fen” and composed of phentermine and fenfluramine. However, this drug was later recalled due to the side effects of the medication. It damaged the heart valves. Apparently, the component which was the problem in the combination was fenfluramine. Phentermine on its own did not appear to have the same effect.
Currently, the more well-known weight loss medications available in the market are Reductil/Meridia(Sibutramine) and Xenical.
Xenical is a prescription drug used to both help people lose weight and keep weight gain from returning. It comes in capsule form and is taken with each fat-containing meal. Xenical works by inhibiting the action of enzymes that break down fat, thereby reducing fat absorption by the body. Side effects include gas, stomach pain, and an urgent need to have a bowel movement.
Xenical is made by Roche Pharmaceuticals. Xenical works by decreasing the absorption of fat from your diet. The stomach and intestine have enzymes, called lipases, that break down fat into smaller molecules which are then absorbed from your digestive tract. Xenical binds to lipases and inhibits their activity, helping to decrease fat absorption. The medication does not have any effect on carbohydrates or protein.
The Xenical effectively treats people those who are overweight or obese. This will reduce your fat and you will get back into shape within a course of few months. This medicine basically belongs to the group of Lipase Inhibitors. The Xenical doesn’t suppress your appetite rather it actually targets the absorption of the dietary fat that get into your body.
These dietary fats are large molecules, which need to be broken down before they can be absorbed by the body. Lipase is basically an enzyme that breaks them down. This is where lipases play an important role in the digestion of dietary fat. When taken with a meal, Xenical gets in the way of the activity of these enzymes and allows about 30% of the fat eaten in the meal to pass through the gut undigested. Therefore, your body cannot store these excess calories as fatty tissue or use them as a source of energy. This helps you to reduce your weight by burning up fat that you are already carrying, maintain your lower weight and reduce the chances of any weight regain.
It is suggested that you should have the Xenical Capsule with a well-balanced calorie controlled diet. Foods that are high on calorie and fat will continuously keep on increasing your weight because Xenical will keep only around 30% of the fat undigested. Exercising, while having the course of Xenical reduces weight very effectively and quickly.
It is always advisable that you consult your physician before you start having any sort of medicine, so it is the same in case of Xenical tablets. Consult your physician before you start the course of Xenical tablets and mention your diet and other details like if you are allergic to something or some pancreatic problem or if you had any recent major surgery to your stomach or intestine.