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Brand name: Xenical

Xenical is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) orlistat. On this page you will find out more about Xenical, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: orlistat

Information for medicine and pack size:
Xenical 120 mg hard capsule, 84

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

Xenical is indicated for the treatment of obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) >= 30, and overweight patients with a BMI >= 27 in the presence of other risk factors, in conjunction with a mildly hypocaloric diet.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Hard gelatin capsule, opaque turquoise, imprinted with black ink "XENICAL Roche 120".

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Dosage Form Capsule, hard
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
21 capsules: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)
42 capsules: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)
84 capsules: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)
9 capsules: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)

There are 2 types of pack available. You'll need to identify which type of pack you have in order to use this information.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Moisture,Protect from Heat
Life time 3 Years
Pack type 2
Pack type 2
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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