Alli Diet Pills - The First FDA Approved Over the Counter Diet Pills
The Alli pills are the first over the counter diet pills that have receive approval
from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that these pills are approved
for sale in health food stores and pharmacies even without a prescription. However,
these drugs are only available for people who are eighteen years old and above.
With a holistic support program that includes proper exercise and healthy food intake,
the Alli pill can help a person reduce as much as fifty percent of his present weight.
How Alli Pills Work?
The Alli diet pill works by decreasing the amount of fat that our body absorbs. It
basically blocks about 25% of the fat or about 150 to 200 calories that a person
takes in from eating. This diet pill blocks the digestive enzymes which help the
body in absorbing the fat that a person consumes.
What is the recommended dosage?
These over the counter diet pills should be taken after every meal. Alli pills come
in the forms of capsules and they should be taken three times a day.
According to its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, the Alli diet pill will work best
when they are taken with meals that are low in calorie and low in fat. Furthermore,
the recommended diet that should accompany this pill should only contain fifteen
grams of fat, at most.
What are the possible side effects?
• Abdominal discomfort
The primary side effect that the Alli pills may cause is a significant change in
bowel habits. People who start using this diet pill may notice that their stools
will become loose and they may have oily spotting.
During the first intake of the pill, some people can also have diarrhea. Other gastrointestinal
effects may also occur. In addition to that, this diet pill can block out the absorption
of some nutrients that are needed by the body.
However, such side effects are considered to be common among all diet pills. Furthermore,
the drug manufacturer points out that if a person follows the guidelines for this
drug, side effects can be greatly minimized. Generally, a person should take a low
fat meal when taking this pill. If a person takes a meal that is rich in fat, he
will be more prone to the mentioned side effects.
More seriously, on 4th July 2009 the Dailymail UK reports Alli weight loss pill is
being investigated for causing liver damage.
The main active ingredients of Alli is Orlistat. US FDA have received rare reports
of hepatitis and other liver-related laboratory abnormalities in people taking orlistat.
MHRA (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ) - the UK drugs regulator,
has also received 31 reports of side effects linked to orlistat since Alli was launched
in April 2009.
Based on its description, these over the counter diet pills should be taken with
caution if the person has diabetes or thyroid diseases. People who intake blood thinning
drugs should also consult a physician before taking this drug.
In particular, people who take warfarin should consult with their doctor. This is
because the Alli pill may have drug interactions that may cause the body to decrease
its vitamin K levels. If the vitamin K level decreases, the effects of the warfarin
drug may increase. As such, abnormal bleeding can eventually occur.
Also, people with transplanted organs should not use over the counter diet pills.
In addition to that, people who take the Alli pill should also take a multivitamin
once a day, during bed time. Such is recommended to offset the nutrient loss that
the pill can induce.