How is Generic Xenical (Orlistat) different from other weight loss medication?
With the exception of Generic Xenical (Orlistat), all current prescription drugs for weight loss act on the brain to reduce appetite. You eat less and you lose weight - but at a price. In order to get to the brain, these drugs must enter the blood stream. Therefore, these drugs may have side effects which affect the central nervous and cardiovascular systems, ranging from minor to severe. They are therefore indicated for short term use only.
Most importantly, though, these drugs do little or nothing to help people change their eating habits or lifestyles. So when they stop taking the drugs, the weight is quickly piled back on.
Generic Xenical (Orlistat), on the other hand, does not enter the blood stream or have a negative effect on the brain. This medication does not reduce your appetite. It simply blocks the digestion and absorption of fat and helps you to control your fat intake.