Alli is a non-prescriptive FDA-approved dieting supplement manufactured by pharmaceutical
giant GlaxoSmithKline. The product is being positioned as part of a diet plan called
myalliplan which is just a personalized online diet and exercise program that puts
more emphasis on maintaining a healthy eating habit for the long term staring with
a 26-week diet plan.
On its own, Alli has similarities with Roche-made Xenical in that they both contain
the same active ingredient Orlistat, but are otherwise different products. Alli contains
60mg Orlistat while Xenical is a prescriptive drug containing twice as much Orlistat.
It works as an appetite suppressant as well as a fat absorbing inhibitor.
Is Alli Safe?
Alli as a non-prescriptive drug that is FDA-approved as a safe dieting regimen when
taken according to the instructions on its accompanying literature. A more potent
version is being marketed in the US as a prescription drug Xenical since 1999. It
is the most studied of all weight loss products with over 100 clinical studies attesting
to its safety when used by overweight subjects.
It works locally in the digestive tract and only less than 2% is absorbed into the
blood. The site’s excellent FAQ details the contraindications for the drug here
http://www.myalli.com/faq.aspx . It cautions against eating high fat diet as taking
Alli can cause loose stools and frequent bowel movements that occur in the first
days of treatment. People below 18 years of age should not be taking Alli.
The site admits that all drugs have varying side effects and users are advised to
consult with their doctors at the first sign of anything unusual. In general, it
is still best to consult with your doctors before taking any weight loss medication
or supplement, especially if you are pregnant or lactating, have known allergies
against artificial or natural pharmacological products, or under prescriptive medication
to treat a health or medical condition.