Xenical and shitting your pants

Gas? Oily discharge? Uncontrollable urges?

[sarcasm] Now that’s an ad campaign! [/sarcasm]

Yep, “Bowel movements may become more frequent and uncontrollable” has got to be my favorite ad line, ever!

The overwhelming majority of people have more than the average (mean) number of legs. – E. Grebenik

I don’t think I’ve seen this one yet. What is the medication really (supposedly) for?
– Sylence

And now, for my next trick, I will talk in spooky half-references.

One other thing you should know:

Xenical claims to stop 1/3 of the fat you eat from being digested. According to the experts, a healthy diet is supposed to have no more than 1/3 of its calories from fat. According to my calculations, Xenical would therefore reduce caloric intake by less than 10%. Doesn’t sound worth it to me.

Maybe Barnum never said it but he was right. I always thought that advertising prescription drugs to the geneal public was a bad idea but Xenical wins the prize. I’ve seen parodies of the drug disclaimers but how can you make a parody out of that?

A couple of years ago they were test marketing olestra while I was in the midwest-- Daily news reports included the phrase “anal leakage” for months and I may never recover.

Wow. You must have taken a lot then…


Yer pal,

Inquiring minds want to know…
Is manufacturerer of this alluring product in the same corporate family as the makers of Depends?

Supply…demand…this is so confusing,

My son ate a small bag of olestra-fried potato chips several years ago when we went to Wisconsin Dells.

Explosive diarrhea squared and cubed.

Poor little dude. He literally couldn’t leave the bathroom for more than 10 minutes at a time, and it went on for hours. I began to worry about dehydration.

And the aroma… I can’t describe it other than to say it was, like, chemical, and horrible.

I wouldn’t touch Olestra again, nor would I sample Xenical.

A fat politician had to cut several of his speeches short. This resulted in rumors that he was on this product. His office never denied it.

Drug manufacturers are required by law to mention side effects in their ads. I’m sure they don’t want to tell you about that stuff, but apparently they think it’s better than not having the ads at all.

Robo-dude - while we should only get 30% of our calories from fat, the probability of a person actually doing that is about the same as the probability of a person eating 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables. In fact, if you manage to do either of these on a daily basis, you probably don’t need to lose weight anyway. Anyway, the side effects of Xenical are probably what help the most in the long run: the more fat you eat, the worse the side effects are. If you manage to stay on the dietary straight and narrow, the side effects are pretty much non-existant. OTOH, you learn pretty quickly and rather unpleasantly which of your favorite indulgences need to be avoided at all costs.

And yes, I was on it for a couple of months, but I decided I wanted a social life, instead.

Doesn’t it say you may get gas WITH oily discharge? Why, that makes it double the fun!


We are the children of the Eighties. We are not the first “lost generation” nor today’s lost generation; in fact, we think we know just where we stand - or are discovering it as we speak.

Okay, I have ulcerative colitis (disease of the colon), have been sick several times with the symptoms the ad describes and I don’t even know what oily discarge is!!

Why would anyone want to take this medication that gives you symptoms that I am taking OTHER medication to avoid?? Seems pretty silly, but sad at the same time. I’m sure that are a lot of desperate people out there that are turning to this pill that could ruin your intestines anyway. The ad also says that food isn’t absorbed as well, so a multi-vitamin is necessary. What makes them think the vitamins would be absorbed??

Plus, you already have to decrease your caloric intake. That would be the same as a NORMAL diet–with oily discharge, that is…

“There comes a time in a man’s life when he asks himself, ‘Who will float my corpse down the Ganges?’” – Apu