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Orlistat is the generic name of the drug. It is sold in brand names like Alli and Xenical. Alli comes as capsules of 60 mg strength and Xenical comes in strength of 120 mg capsules. These drugs are used in the weight loss programs to achieve the target weight loss. Alli differs from Xenical by providing a lot of informational materials when you buy this product. These free materials that are bundled with Alli help you in your weight loss program. They help you to wisely choose your food and monitor your diet regularly. Self management skills and self assessment skills are promoted with the Alli product.
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Taking Alli has been more effective in most of the patients than Xenical which is 120 mg. Patients who have been taking Alli were found to achieve their target. Patients taking Orlistat should also consider taking low fat diet and take low calories to get the maximum effect of this medication. Do not take more than 3 capsules of Alli. You might get the desired effect in the first six months of taking this medication. After you discontinue the medication do continue with the exercises and the diet. It is also necessary to take a multivitamin tablet once a day when you are on Orlistat.
The most common side effect of taking Xenical medication was found to be gastro intestinal in nature. Rectal pain or discomfort, abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, tooth disorders, vomiting and diarrhea are some of the side effects that are found in people taking Xenical that has 120 mg of Orlistat. Influenza and Upper Respiratory problems were also found in some patients. Headache, back pain, and fatigue are also found. In women who take Orlistat there might be menstrual irregularity. If the cause of obesity is found to be organic taking Orlistat should be avoided. Cyclosporine and Orlistat should be not taken simultaneously. There should be at least a gap of 2 hours between taking these two medications. Orlistat absorbs fat-soluble vitamins hence the person taking Orlistat is required to take multivitamin tablets regularly.
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