Xenical, generically known as orlistat, is a weight loss supplement used all over the world. Unlike other drugs, they don’t play with your brain, rather they are more psycho friendly and their area of target is the fat molecules within in your food. Xenical’s intake is intended to reduce the fat one absorbs there by reducing the calorie count. Since their playground is our digestive system they come with some unpleasant side effects like constipation or diarrhea, unpleasant stool, nausea, rectal pain etc. Constipation is something that might worry the morning chap, because after the intake of Xenical, if the body is not excreting properly, the food intake will drastically go down finally resulting in fatigue.
Let us learn more about constipation. After the medication the fat molecules in the food are bound by the Xenical active compound there by preventing them from absorption in the intestine. So, the unabsorbed fat bound with Xenical active compound will move to large intestine, where the process of constipation begins. As a result of the fat molecules became a chunk of mass which finds difficult moving through the intestine out of body. The active ingredients in the drug prevent enough water absorption and there making the stool hard and painful to pass out. It is one of the side effect of Xenical that you doctor might inform you in advance. But if you ought to bypass constipation then below steps might come handy.
How to handle constipation?
Don’t think of another drug to treat the side effect of a drug like Xenical, the best possible method is to improvise your food habits and daily routine during the course of therapy with xenical such that it will be an easy task getting over constipation. Try the below steps before you consult your doctor.
- Make your food fiber friendly: – Eating lot of fiber rich food might be an easy solution to overcome the constipation due to Xenical side effects. Unlike other food constituents they don’t get digested to provide energy instead makes the passage of waste out of your body easy. They give the stool good texture and consistency de-hardening them. Apple, Banana, pea, whole wheat bread, brown rice etc. are rich in fiber.
- Double your water intake: – Another harmless step which might be the solution for your constipation problem is by increasing the water intake. On an average a human drinks around 5- 15 glasses of water a day. During the course of therapy with xenical, try to keep the water balance above 12 glasses a day which will eventually your hydrate the body and makes the exit of stool smooth.
- Add sorbitol:- Sorbitol is a naturally occurring sugar molecule which has least possibility of getting digested but can act as a very good laxative agent which promote the stool passage and break down the constipation difficulties. It is better to eat sorbitol rich food while on Xenical. Fruits like apple, strawberry, raisins, gooseberry, plums etc. are known to have decent amount of sorbitol in them.