How to take Xenical
Take one capsule with each of your three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) every day. You can take it just before, during or up to one hour after your meal. Swallow the capsule whole with water.
Xenical is only effective when you consume dietary fat, so if you miss a main meal or if you have a meal that doesn’t contain any fat, you don’t need to take it.
What to eat when taking Xenical
Xenical should be used alongside a well-balanced, calorie controlled diet that’s rich in fruit and vegetables, and contains an average of 30% of calories from fat sources. Your daily intake of carbohydrate, protein and fat should be spread over three meals.
To get the most benefit from Xenical, avoid consuming foods that contain fat between meals, such as chocolate, biscuits and savoury snacks.
If I miss a Xenical capsule, what should I do?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember (so long as this is within one hour of your last meal). You can then continue to take it as you normally would. Don’t take twice the amount to make up for a missed dose.
If you miss several doses, tell us. Don’t make any adjustments to your dose without chatting to our clinician about it first, and if you have any other questions, just let them know.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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