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Weight Loss Treatments That We Prescribe
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Important Medical Information
Who is this service suitable for?
This service is suitable for you if you:
- Are 17 years of age or older.
- Require a prescription for Xenical (orlistat) medication.
- Are motivated to follow a low-fat diet and exercise plan.
- Have a BMI >30 and <45, or BMI >28 if you have cardiovascular risk factors.
- Can provide:
- verified height, weight and blood pressure measurements (confirmed by your pharmacist, nurse or printout from a machine).
- A copy of your photo ID.
*Weight loss medication should only be used as part of a weight management programme. This means using the medication, as well as adopting a balanced (hypocaloric) diet and taking regular exercise.
Who is this service not suitable for?
This service is not suitable for you if you:
- Are less than 17 years of age.
- BMI > 45.
- Are pregnant/ possibly pregnant or trying to conceive.
- Are breastfeeding.
- Require a prescription for a medication other than Xenical.
- Take the following medications:
- Anti-epileptic drugs
- Antiretroviral medications for HIV
- Have a diagnosis of
- Chronic malabsorption syndrome ⓘWhen your food is not absorbed properly
- Cholestasis ⓘThe flow of bile from your bile duct to your liver is reduced or blocked.
- Significant kidney disease ⓘYour kidneys are not functioning properly
- Significant liver disease
- Past history of an eating disorder.
Please note that this service can only provide scripts for Xenical (Orlistat) capsules. We are currently unable to provide prescriptions for other weight loss medicines such as Saxenda, Ozempic or other similar medicines; these should be discussed with your local GP or a weight loss clinic.
If you are unsure about any of this information or if this service is suitable for you, please email us at email@example.com
What weight-loss treatment options do you offer?
We can provide a prescription for Xenical (orlistat) 120 mg tablets.
Unfortunately, we are not able to issue prescriptions for any other weight loss medications via this service.
What is Xenical?
Xenical is a medication that can be used as part of a weight-loss programme for those who are overweight or obese.
It belongs to a group of medicines called lipase inhibitors. They inhibit the enzymes in your digestive tract that help to break down fat in your food and therefore prevent the fat from being absorbed into your bloodstream. This allows the fat to be eliminated from your body via your stool.
How do you take Xenical?
Xenical is a tablet. You take one tablet with water immediately before, during or up to one hour after breakfast, lunch and dinner (three times daily).
You should not take Xenical if you miss a meal, or have a meal that does not contain any fat.
After 3 months of taking this medication, a weight review is required.
At the start of your treatment if your BMI was:
- >30 you should be aiming for a 5% total weight reduction.
- >28 you should be aiming for a 3-4% total weight reduction.
If this is not achieved, you should stop this medication.
Xenical treatment should not be used long-term. It is there to support lifestyle changes like healthy eating and increased exercise.
What are the side effects of Xenical?
If you follow a low-fat diet plan, side effects should be minimal and mild. The most common side effects are related to the extra fat being passed out through the stools – the more fat the more side effects.
- Crampy abdominal pain.
- Oily stools.
- Stool leaking.
- Urgent need to go to the toilet.
- Offensive wind.
Eating less fat at mealtimes helps to minimise any side effects. Headaches and increased anxiety have also been reported.
For full details of the potential side effects of Xenical, please read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication before you start to use it.
If you develop any side effects that you are concerned about when taking this medication, stop the treatment and speak with a doctor for advice.
Are there any drug interactions with Xenical?
When completing the questionnaire, please ensure you let us know exactly what medications you are taking (prescribed and over the counter) to enable us to prescribe safely and avoid potential drug interactions.
There are no significant drug reactions reported with Xenical. However, it can affect the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of some medications. This is especially important for medications that work within a narrow therapeutic range such as lithium, warfarin, ciclosproin, antiepileptics and antiretrovirals. In these cases, you should speak with your local GP or specialist about starting this medication.
The absorption of thyroid medication may be affected by Xenical, so it is best to take these tablets at different times and speak with a doctor if you feel your thyroid symptoms are not as well controlled.
If you are using the oral contraceptive pill it cannot be relied upon for contraceptive cover if taking Xenical and you should use additional or alternative contraception.
How to lose weight using medication: Is it a replacement for a healthy lifestyle?
Once you have stopped taking this medication, it is important to continue following a healthy lifestyle to maintain weight loss.
Important safety information
If you experience any bleeding from the back passage when taking this medication, speak with a doctor for advice.
There have been rare reports of serious liver damage in patients using this medication. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop this medication and seek medical advice:
- Dark urine.
- Light/ pale stools.
- Loss of appetite.
- Right-sided upper abdominal pain.
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