Active substance: Orlistat
The capsule shell consists of gelatine, indigo carmine E 132, titanium dioxide E 171 and edible printing ink. Side Effects of Xenical With any medication you take, there is always a risk of side effects.
If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, or your GP. What is the difference between Xenical and Orlistat?
Xenical contains the active ingredient Orlistat. Orlistat is also the name of the less expensive brand of Xenical.
Both medications are medically equivalent. They both contain the same active ingredient and the same amount of it. What are the side effects of Xenical?
All medications can cause side effects.
The majority of the common side effects experienced with Xenical are related to the way it works in your digestive system. These side effects are usually mild, occur at the beginning of treatment, and particularly after high fat meals.
Normally these symptoms will subside as you continue treatment and follow your recommended diet.
Read on to find out which type might suit you best. How weight loss tablets work The first thing to know is that orlistat, Xenical and Alli all contain exactly the same active ingredient, orlistat.
That means they all work in the same way. Orlistat works by preventing some of the fat you consume from being digested.
It does this by attaching to the enzymes in your digestive system that break down fat, preventing them from working properly.
As a result, the fat that cannot be digested is eliminated from your body in your stools. This helps you to lose weight. See also: Xenical dosage information in more detail What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but no more than 1 hour after eating a meal.