Xenical Nearer to OTC

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Orlistat, the generic name for Xenical, is closer to being approved for over-the-counter status. It might be that you would be able to walk into any drug store and buy Xenical without a prescription.

I’m not the kind of person who is attracted by weight loss pills. I always feared that once I stopped taking the pills, I would end up gaining the weight back. It looks like that is the case for most people taking Xenical.

“The pill’s effect ends once its use is stopped,” said Dr. Julie Golden, a medical officer in the FDA’s division of metabolism and endocrinology products. “A previous study showed a progressive weight gain in patients after they stopped using orlistat.”

Orlistat is only recommended for a six month time frame. If this product goes OTC, then there is no doctor involved to limit the dosage to six months. This drug is supposed to teach the patient new ways of eating during that six month time frame. It’s a very expensive training tool.

You can lose weight on your own without expensive weight loss medications, whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor. Don’t let the marketing of the drug industry tell you any differently.


3 Responses to “Xenical Nearer to OTC”

  1. Maggie Says:

    I feel this would be a great mistake to put this out over the counter. The side effects alone are just awful.I took Xenical for four months and I only lost alittle bit of weight the side effects were not worth it, plus the cost of around $198.00 a month which insurance did not cover. This is just another way to make more money. Consumers wanting to take this product really need to think about it very seriously, you need to know all the facts.

  2. Cynthia Says:

    I believe that people should be wise enough to know not to spend so much on a diet pill that does not work for them. I took this pill a lost about thirty pounds and have kept it off. In fact it helped me with my constipation problem and of course diet and exercise were part of my plan. A diet pill works differently and different people but it is not the cure, willpower is and no one has invented that pill yet!

  3. Peter Says:

    Although the best way to lose weight is to lose it in a natural way and not with the assistance of pills, I wouldn’t say that the side effects are either serious or permanent. I think Xenical is the least dangerous pill that there is on the market today compared to all other diet pills and it wouldn’t hurt to be over the counter.. Note, that in Greece, where I am from, despite the fact that a doctor may prescribe Xenical and insurance covers it, anyone can buy it without prescription, as I do often without any kind of problems.

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