​At The Slimming Clinic, we offer a range of prescription weight loss medication to suit individual needs. Different medications can work best for different people based on medical history and lifestyle. One of our most popular medications is Xenical, also known as Orlistat, which come in tablet form. Here’s our guide for all you need to know about Xenical and how it positively impacts weight loss.

What is Xenical and how does it work?

Xenical (Orlistat) is the prescription strength formulation of weight loss medication, Orlistat. It reduces absorption of fat eaten in the diet by reducing the action of gut enzymes that break down ingested fat for absorption by the body. Your doctor may suggest that you use Xenical (Orlistat) as your main medication, or in addition to other weight loss medications prescribed to you at The Slimming Clinic.

Xenical blocks up to 30% of dietary fat in meals being absorbed in the digestive system. As dietary fat has the most calories per gram, compared to protein and carbohydrates, Xenical helps to reduce overall calorie intake and aid weight loss. This medication is most effective when combined with a calorie-controlled weight loss diet and increased physical activity.

Clinical trials have shown treatment with Xenical can also reduce total cholesterol and blood pressure, contributing to cardiovascular health as well as weight loss.

The XENDOS medical study demonstrated that patients treated with Xenical achieved significantly more short and long term weight loss than those making lifestyle changes alone.1 Xenical is the only prescription medication licensed specifically for weight management and is recommended by the NHS and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).2

If you would like more information about Xenical, or any of our other prescription weight loss medication or non-prescribed supplements, please contact us or visit your local clinic. We offer a FREE initial weight loss consultation where a professional, trained doctor can discuss all the options we can offer for your weight loss programme.

1 – Drew BS, Dixon AF, Dixon JB. Obesity management: update on orlistat. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2007;3:817-821.

2 – Torgerson JS, Hauptman J, Boldrin MN, Sjostrom L. XENical in the prevention of diabetes in obese subjects (XENDOS) Study. A randomised study of orlistat as an adjunct to lifestyle changes for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in obese patient. Diabetes Care.2004;27:155-161