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Xenical causes 5.9 pounds greater weight loss than placebo
Thursday, July 22, 2004 7:05 am Email this article
The fat-blocking prescription drug Xenical (orlistat) causes 5.9 pounds or 2.9 percent more weight loss than placebo according to a new reveiw of previous studies.
Fifteen percent more patients lost at least 10 percent of their bodyweight than those taking placebo.
The review considered Xenical to be “modestly effective in promoting weight loss”.
The review included 11 studies.
Thirty-three percent of subjects dropped out of the studies according to the review.
Padwal R, Li S, Lau D. Long-term pharmacotherapy for obesity and overweight. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004, 3:CD004094.
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