Is there a Xenical scam? To answer that it is important to understand what Xenical is, and how it works.
Xenical is a prescription-only medication designed to help obese patients lose weight. It blocks the bodies' ability to absorb fat, so helps people trying to slim.
The trade name is Xenical but it is also marketed as Orlistat.
It is made by the healthcare manufacturers, Roche. It was approved for use in America in 1999 and in Europe in 1998.
A lower dose version of Orlistat is marketed under the name of Alli and sold by GlaxoSmithKline over the counter at pharmacies in the U.S.A. and Europe without a prescription.
Xenical works in the intestines by reducing the amount of fat absorbed by your body after a meal. It inhibits the work of lipase, which is an enzyme needed for fats to be absorbed in the small intestine and stomach.
Fats that are not digested can’t be absorbed so they do not add to the calories in a meal. This helps to reduce caloric intake, which in turn promotes weight loss.
You need to modify your diet if you decide to start using Xenical by eliminating as many fatty foods as possible. If you continue to eat a diet high in fat as well as Xenical, you are likely to experience some very unpleasant side effects.
It is important to remember that Xenical only blocks absorption of fat. It won’t help to inhibit absorption of calories from carbohydrates, so if you are already eating low fat meals, you don’t need Xenical.
Absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and other fat-soluble nutrients is inhibited by the use of Xenical. A multivitamin tablet containing vitamins A,D,E,K, and beta-carotene should be taken once a day, at bedtime, when using Xenical.
There are some unpleasant side effects as the fat in your meal isn’t absorbed and passes through your body.
This can lead to gas, bloating, diarrhea, oily spotting and even anal leakage.
Other side effects reported have been inflammation of the liver, fatigue, urinary tract infection, tooth or gum problems and gall stones.
You can reduce reduce these unpleasant side effects by limiting the amount of fat that you eat with each meal. A good rule of thumb is that no more than 30% of the calories in a meal should come from fat [about 15 grams per meal, or 45 grams a day].
On June 4, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its quarterly list of drugs that are under investigation for potential safety issues or new safety information. Xenical was included in the list as having a 'Potential Signal of Serious Risk' of liver toxicity.
A 2006 animal study linked Xenical with lesions found in the colon which are believed to be one of the earliest precursors of colon cancer.The Public Citizen’s Health Research Group [which is a non profit advocacy group] claim it is a Xenical scam because it causes gallstones and possibly some pre-cancerous abnormalities.
Comments in forums on a Xenical scam center on either the side effects, or the amount of weight lost. The side effects usually occur when a low fat diet isn't followed - the people losing weight think Xenical will block the absorption of fat, so they can eat as much fat as they want, and still lose weight!
They claim it is a Xenical scam because they still eat a lot of fat, don't lose the weight, and have unpleasant side effects.
The effectiveness of Xenical in promoting loss of weight has been proven. Pooled data from clinical trials suggests that people given Xenical in addition to lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise, lose about 2–3 kilograms (4.4–6.6 lb) more than those not taking the drug [Padwal R, Li SK, Lau DC (2004). "Long-term pharmacotherapy for obesity and overweight". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (3): CD004094 - Xenical scam].
If you are considering buying Xenical, especially over the internet, be careful where you get it from. There is a big trade in fake pharmaceuticals, particularly in weight loss and impotence medications, and your purchase could lead to a Xenical scam.
Be wary of websites offering very cheap or 'discount' drugs as they are likely to be selling fake medication.
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