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Alli weight loss pill OTC
Magic anti Fat pill?
Alli is the new fat pill
from GSK that everyone is talking about, the next big
thing to hit pharmacies since the morning after pill.
Everyone wants Alli anti-fat and weight loss pill to get
slim. Alli's active ingredient is Orlistat which has
been available as Xenical (by Roche) on prescription for
years. Is GSK's Alli fat pill the real deal?
Before a pharmacist can dispense Alli over the
counter (OTC) the patient must meet some criteria:
- The patient is eligible to buy Alli if their Body Mass
Index (BMI) is 28 or above.
-- BMI is worked out by ...
-- If your BMI is under 28 that means your are not
overweight enough and Alli will do more harm than good.
- The patient must come and ask for the medication
-- This is so the pharmacists can make a judgement if
the patient is telling the truth about their BMI.
Alli weight loss pill contraindications and
- Hypersensitivity to orlistat
- Reduced gallbladder function (e.g. after
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Use caution with: obstructed bile duct, impaired liver
function, and pancreatic disease
- If you are on other medication please check which the
pharmacist for interactions
The main side effect of taking Alli is
if they eat a fatty meal then their will be uncontrolled
diarrhoea. Alli works by stopping/reducing the
absorption of fat, therefore more of a percentage of the
fat you eat will just pass through your system and is
not absorbed. If you eat low fat meal then the fat that
is not absorbed will mix with the stool and you will not
get this side effect from Alli. If you eat a fatty meal
e.g burger and chips, then the fat will just leak out,
yes leak out! and this is uncontrollable. So before you
take Alli make sure you are willing to start a low fat
diet and are willing to stick to it.
The second significant side effect of
Alli is Vitamin deficiency. As mentioned earlier Alli
reduces the absorption of fat, however some vitamins are
fat soluble (A, D, E, K), these fat soluble vitamins are
usually absorbed with fat. Alli reduces the absorption
of fats and therefore reduced the absorption of these
vitamins. To counter this problem patients are encourage
to take multivitamin tablets while on Alli.
Alli is not a magic pill for weight loss, it is
clinically proven on prescription, and it does help, but
like anything losing weight on Alli still requires hard
work and dedication.