If your doctor decides to order xenical for you, when you pick up the prescription, you may find it goes by a couple of names. It is marketed as Xenical by Roche but it is also known as Orlistat and tetrahydrolipstatin. It is a prescription drug used to treat obesity. Your doctor will probably not order xenical without also giving you a reduced calorie diet supervised by him or her.
How do you know if your doctor will order xenical for you? In order to be a candidate for xenical, you must be considerably overweight. A large number of people in America are “fighting the battle of the bulge” but in order to be eligible to have your doctor order xenical for you, you need to have a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30. Studies have shown that 22% of the U.S. population has a BMI of greater than 30. This means that almost a quarter of the population is at significant risk for illnesses and diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. People with a BMI of more than 30 are almost 28 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with a lower BMI. They are almost 4 times as more likely to have high blood pressure and heart disease. By taking xenical, you can lose the weight, thus reducing your chances of contracting these diseases.
How does xenical help you lose weight? When you consume a lot of calories or fat, the fat is stored by your body, causing you to gain weight. Your body breaks the fat down to digest it. Xenical works with your digestive system to block a third of the fat consumed. It attaches itself to lipases (enzymes that help break down fat) and blocks them from breaking down some of the fat. The fat cannot be absorbed and therefore is excreted from your body.
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