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A review of 28 studies on the effectiveness of the weight-loss drug orlistat (Xenical) found that subjects were 90% more likely to lose 10% of their weight if they used the drug in combination with a reduce-calorie intake. The drug also seemed to improve cholesterol levels. Orlistat works by blocking fat absorption by the body. Side effects include gas, diarrhea and incontinence. Side effects tend to be more prevalent during the first few weeks of treatment. Thus, researchers believe that orlistat in combination with diet and lifestyle changes may deliver significant weight loss benefits. More research needs to be done comparing various weight-loss drugs against each other.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: Weight loss drug, orlistat, proves itself in trials
Date: 7 January 2005
Source: Reuters Health
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