- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Xenical* used for?
Generic for Xenical* (Orlistat) is a lipase inhibitor used to promote weight loss in obese people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m² or more. Orlistat is also prescribed to treat obesity in overweight people who may have elevated blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. It prevents the digestion and absorption of fat from the food you eat, and this undigested fat is eliminated from the body through stools. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Xenical*?
The dosage of Generic for Xenical* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Generic for Xenical* is usually taken with a meal that contains fat.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Xenical*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Xenical* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Generic for Xenical*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Xenical*, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Xenical*?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Xenical*.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Generic for Xenical*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Xenical* can interact with other weight-loss medications, diabetes medicines, and blood thinners.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Xenical*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Xenical* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Xenical* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Xenical* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Xenical* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Xenical* can cause side effects such as bowel movement urgency, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, oily or fatty stools, and intestinal gas with discharge. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Xenical*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Xenical*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Xenical* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Xenical*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Xenical*?
How will Generic for Xenical* work in my body?
How should Generic for Xenical* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Xenical* drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Generic for Xenical* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.