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Xenical (orlistat) may cause pancreatitis in rare cases
Saturday, September 02, 2006 3:33 am Email this article
Xenical (orlistat) may cause pancreatitis -- inflammation of the pancreas -- in rare cases according to a new case report. Pancreatitis
Four days after starting the drug
“A 36 year old man presented to hospital with acute severe pancreatitis four days after starting a course of [Xenical] orlistat,” the report notes.
Other causes ruled out
It was determined to be drug-related after ruling out other possible causes.
99 cases reported to the FDA
There are no other case reports in the medical literature, however, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 99 case reports of pancreatitis associated with Xenical (orlistat).
Not listed as a side effect
Pancreatitis is not listed as a possible side effect of the drug.
Napier SJ, Thomas M. 36 year old man presenting with pancreatitis and history of recent commencement of orlistat, case report. Nutr J. 2006 Aug 28, 5(1):19.
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