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Xenical â Side-Effects, Safety and Recall Information

According to the FDA, the most common side-efect from Xenical

®* is changes in bowel movement (BM) habits. This generally occurs during the first weeks of treatment; however, it may continue throughout your use of Xenicalâ.

Tell your doctor if any of these side-effects are severe or do not go away:

· oily, spotting BMs
· gas with discharge
· urgent need to have a BM
· oily or fatty stools
· an oily discharge
· increased number of BMs
· inability to control BMs
· orange or brown color of a BM
· stomach pain
· irregular menstrual periods

If you experience any of the following side-effects, call your doctor immediately:

· itching
· redness of skin
· skin rash or hives
· swelling
· chest pain
· difficulty breathing
· fever

*Xenicalâ is manufactured by Roche. The active ingredient,orlistat, can aid weight loss by interfering with the body's ability to absorb fat in one's diet.


Disclaimer: The information presented here is not meant to be medical advice nor to act as a substitute for medical advice. Serious side-effects, including death, could result if one were to take any prescription medicine without the supervision of a physician.

Copyright 2003, Thomas Manaugh, PhD