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Xenical for Weight Loss (Obesity/Overweight) User Reviews

Xenical has an average rating of 8.4 out of 10 from a total of 94 reviews for the treatment of Weight Loss (Obesity/Overweight). 74% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 7% reported a negative experience.

Xenical rating summary

8.4/10 average rating

94 ratings from 118 user reviews.

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Reviews for Xenical

  • Gurlo
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 21, 2019

"25, female, started off at 15st 7lbs or 99kg or 217lbs (I’m 5’7). Originally was looking for a quick fix but realistically when it comes to weight loss there isn’t one. I gained 70lbs in the last 4 years and finally realized how unhappy I was. 20 days in and I have lost 14lbs/6kg. I am strict on my diet, though to be honest haven’t done the recommended exercise. So I can only imagine how much I would have lost in that time. As for the oily orange stools, I haven’t had any uncontrollable accidents, you can see it in the toilet bowl but haven’t had any embarrassing moments as of yet, but I am keeping within the recommended daily allowance of fats. I would recommend Orlistat to anyone who needs a helping hand, I have found that it has made me really determined to make better choices regarding my health and weight. Co-workers and family have noticed a difference in my body and I can feel it in my clothes so I’m really happy."

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  • jojom
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 24, 2013

"I have been reading your experiences with Xenical. I have been taking this for 2 months on 3rd July and so far have lost nearly 3 stone. I find it really makes you think about the foods you choose to eat because you don't want any nasty side effects. I can honestly say I have had none at all. Been on a low cal, low fat diet and exercising every day. I started out weighing 14 stone 10 lbs and now weigh 11 stone 11 lbs. If I can do it with 3 children then anyone can. Power to you all, you are an inspiration."

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  • Kentu...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 3, 2019

"This has been a miracle drug for me! I have tried and failed many times at dieting. I could not lose weight. I am type 1 diabetic, and I just kept packing on the pounds. Finally, at 271 lbs, I asked for help. In the U.S., my insurance would not cover the cost of Xenical. It was going to cost me $600 a month. Fortunately, the clinic has a prescription assistance program, and I am able to get it for $15 a month. I found out real quick what I could eat and what I could not eat. There were a few days spent on the toilet, but I learned to modify my eating. Xenical does not make you jittery or fill you up. It works in your stomach and gut. I went to my weight doctor yesterday, and in three months, I have lost 33 lbs without much effort at all!!! I am now 238 lbs, and do not need to sleep with my sleep apnea machine. I feel great and people comment that even my complexion looks better. I am still taking Xenical, and still losing weight."

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  • blobbzi
  • November 26, 2011

"I love Xenical. It is basically making me scared to eat rubbish because of the oily poo side effect, with a very urgent need to 'go' it is making me look at food in a different way. If I see a family-size chocolate bar, which previously I would have eaten within 2 minutes, I just see it as a slab of fat. It has changed my attitude towards food. I now eat healthy food because I know what the unhealthy food will look like as it comes out, and I am disgusted that all of that unhealthy fat was going into my body, into my arteries, around my heart. It has been a visual education in healthy eating. I am losing weight and it's thanks to Xenical."

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  • Becks
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 13, 2020

"Started this on Xenical the 13.06.20 at 18st 9lbs and now I'm 16st 0.5lbs and lost 2st 8.5lbs so far, doesn't work if you don't eat well. It encourages you to eat well as you are on the toilet all the time if you don't eat well, so far so good! It really has changed my life"

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  • home
  • June 3, 2020

"Hi, I started on Xenical 4 days ago. I had one bad day with my stomach and oily farts, but now I feel that my body is getting used to them. However, I do find that I am very hungry in the evening. If anyone has any tips, I would be grateful."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 23, 2012

"I was first prescribed these tablets last year but didn't make a proper go of it. I had postnatal depression and a baby who never slept, so healthy eating and exercise felt impossible. I'm now heavier than before I was pregnant (I weigh 20 st) and feel strong enough to make a proper attempt to shift the weight. I am eating 1600 cals per day and walking uphill for 45 mins a day. The side effects are awful (never ever assume it's just a fart!). But I'd rather the fat was in the loo than adding pounds to my body - sorry to be so explicit. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and starting to feel the difference. I have a phobia of scales, so going to wait until my monthly doctor appointment to see the weight coming off. I'll update again."

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  • Serial...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 4, 2016

"I promised an update so here it is! Just over 3 weeks since I started taking orlistat and I am now a stone (14 lbs) lighter! My clothes feel looser and I'm over the moon! As others have said, this isn't a 'miracle drug', you do have to change your eating habits and get moving. Knowing the (fairly immediate) consequences of having a fatty meal while on this medication has really helped me to monitor my intake. I've also found it has helped me eat 3 meals a day, which I have never done in my life, I was always a one meal a day (and junk in between) kind of girl! I've never felt so optimistic about losing weight, and being able to keep it off, thanks to my newfound awareness of fat levels in my meals :)"

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  • Chris
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • July 19, 2019

"When I started taking this drug, I was 235 lbs, and in a matter of 4 weeks, my weight came down to 220 lbs! 15 lbs in a month!! I did not even exercise, so imagine how much more is possible if I did. One thing to be careful with is leakage. It makes it easy to leak orange fats when farting, so be careful with that since it’s oily!"

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  • Laras...
  • March 10, 2014

"Been on orlistat for 2 months and so far lost 21 pounds. You really have to watch what you eat as the side effects can be very unpleasant. Let's just say I had to buy extra toilet cleaner. Stay away from fast foods and sugary snacks. Stock up on vegetables and fruit. This is not a miracle pill, you have to put work into it, but it helps a lot. Going back to my GP to get my 3rd month's prescription. Looking forward to a healthier me."

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  • Destiny
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • January 11, 2020

"Well, I started Xenical in March last year. I had a couple of months off it as I was having bowel problems. I went on my first cruise in November 2019 and I weighed in at 71 kgs. I was 91 kgs to begin with. However, I feel like it’s not working anymore as I can’t seem to shift those last 5 kgs. I’m also not having oily stools. Anyone experience the same?"

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  • Courts
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • December 1, 2014

"I have only been on this medication for 2 months now. In my first weigh-in, I lost 6 lb 6 oz, and in my second weigh-in, I lost the same again, overall 12 lb 12 oz. Just 2 lb short of a stone, couldn't believe I've lost weight so quickly when I could never lose weight on my own. I've not exercised on these tablets and have just eaten normally, which is naughty of me. I started off at 21 stone, and I'm now at 20. Got a long way to go as my goal is back to 8 stone from what I was originally. If I keep this up though and eat healthily and exercise more, I'll be slim before I know it, and I'll be happy again."

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  • Keiteen
  • January 20, 2012

"I was not the really type of girl who'd sacrifice food to lose weight, so I tried taking Xenical because I've heard that it really is effective. I used to weigh 176 pounds, but after 2 weeks of taking Xenical, I now weigh 158 pounds. That's 18 pounds lost with no effort of giving up my cravings. The side effects don't bother me much because they always don't come at the wrong time."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 13, 2014

"Just been back for my 2nd month of tablets. Lost 10 lbs in the 1st 3 weeks of being on Xenical & gone from a size 18 to a comfortable 16. Eating more healthily, but need to start exercising if this is going to work properly. It doesn't work for everyone, but definitely worth trying if you're struggling with your weight."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 6, 2014

"Just putting my 2 cents' worth in. I was skeptical of a safe, limited side-effects weight loss medicine, but as I was over 100 kilos and had high blood pressure, I wanted to get on top of the situation. Although reasonably expensive, I can only recommend this as I've lost 20 kilos over 3 months, including abstaining from gluten and sugar (most of the time) and avoiding overly salted processed foods. Whenever you eat something that is a bit fatty (10 grams or more to 100 grams of fat), take one of these after and you can be comfortable 30% of that fat will not be adding to the places you don't want it to be. Remember not to go all out on a junk food binge though, the toilet aftermath can be pretty damn rough. And accidents do happen."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 16, 2020

"I started this 4 days ago I had no side affects until day 3 Day 3 I had yellow oily stools and had lost half a kilo over night I am going to continue with the medication and hopefully will loose more weight I am type 2 diabetic and need and want to loose 15 and 20 kilos I have noticed that I have lost my appetite but I am aware of this and still eat I hope everyone goes well and their expectations are met "

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • November 12, 2012

"It's been amazing. I lost 15 lbs the first two months. I've continued taking it and average 2-3 lbs loss every month. My heaviest weight was 205, and as of my last weight check, I'm at 165 and dropping. At the beginning, I was doing a lot of exercise, which I think helped a lot. Now it's colder, and I'm pretty satisfied where I'm at, so I've slowed down, but I do believe that the side effects and results have made managing weight so much easier. I've turned a few friends on to it, and they are just as big a believer as me. Trust me, the side effects are worth it!"

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  • llc
  • February 18, 2015

"First, let me start by saying yes, if you eat the wrong foods, you will have a bad time. This is a sort of magic pill, but you need the right ingredients. Think low fat! You will become aware of what you can and can't eat. I've been on a low-fat diet with exercise coupled with these pills. I've been working hard and seeing amazing results. My doctor has said I will probably only need these pills for six months to get to where I need to be. My first weigh-in saw me lose 10 kgs, that's around 21 lbs or 1.5 st dependent on what you work with. I've cut out all the bad things and have been walking at least a mile a day, as well as doing other exercises a couple of times a week. I'm living proof it works, no accidents either. 19st 5 to 17st and counting!"

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  • dkreed
  • November 2, 2014

"I took Xenical years ago. I was working a very physical postal job, so I did get quite a bit of exercise, but before taking it, I had not lost much. Once I started it, I lost thirty pounds within a couple of months with very little effort. Side effects were minimal as long as I didn't eat excessive fat, but as good as it worked, I could handle them."

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  • cassi...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 7, 2014

"I've been taking Xenical 120mg tablets as I was close to 19 stone. I've always been a big girl, but having an underactive thyroid plus polycystic ovarian syndrome just kept me gaining weight, which made me depressed, which made me eat more. I've been on them for 5 weeks. In the first 4 weeks, I've lost 18 lbs, and I am due to get weighed in 3 weeks again. I've been going to the gym and swimming as well, and sticking to 2000 calories."

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  • Eliza...
  • January 31, 2016

"I've been reading some of the reviews on Xenical and I find some of you complain the drug doesn't work. Let me just clear some stuff up for you. If you aren't on a calorie-limiting diet, you still eat whatever you want and you hardly move a muscle, then this drug is NOT for you. This isn't a magic pill that will make you lose weight overnight without any effort; you have to make the effort to exercise a little, moderate your food portions, and set a calorie limit every day. Xenical just absorbs the food's fats, but it's YOUR JOB to make sure the fat intake is low so you won't have a bad time in the bathroom. Two weeks ago, I weighed 315, which was my heaviest weight. Today I'm 293, and I had already started my weight loss goal before taking Xenical."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 9, 2014

"Just starting month 3 on Xenical. My BMI has dropped below 30, so no longer obese. Still a way to go, but over a stone gone & kept off. Feel so much better. Sleeping better, eating better & jogging (never jogged in my life!). Looking forward to my next weigh-in in Sept."

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  • Cridley
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 25, 2019

"Started taken xenical on Saturday 23 March 2019 weighed in at 95kg it’s now Monday 25 March 2019 and I weighed myself I’m already 94kg I haven’t had any major side effects I’m a bit more gassy than normal my stools have changed to a orange colour but not been caught short I just feel the need to go to the bathroom more often I will add a further review in a week or so to say if any side affects have changed"

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  • Axia
  • May 4, 2016

"I started at 72 kgs., but after 6 DAYS of taking this pill, I lost 4 kgs!!! I am so happy about the progress and I hope this will continue. I am planning to take this for about 6 months so I can get back to my normal weight of 42 kgs - that was my normal weight before I gave birth. Hopefully, this amazing weight loss would continue. I am trying to avoid oily foods and I have been eating more green leafy vegetables. I think it's working well for me. I'm not being bothered by oily stools anymore since I've been eating less fat and more fiber. Never had any 'disturbance' at work as long as I avoid fatty foods at work."

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  • Poomi...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 9, 2017

"My family physician prescribed Xenical 120mg 7 days back, and I was 90kg when I started. I couldn't exercise, and my diet was the same as before. I used to have a low-cal, low-fat diet for years, but nothing happened over the years except for gaining weight. This pill is miraculous! I lost 3kg in just 6 days, and I didn't have to go through any of those horrible side effects. I only took 2 pills per day. Hope to continue this for 3 months, and my target is to reach 58 kg and be sexy again ;) . Fingers crossed!"

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