- Aids weight loss
- More effective than dieting alone
- Stops the intestines from absorbing fat
- Genuine medication
- All drugs sourced in the UK
Alli works by completely blocking the absorption of fats. This means that no matter what food you eat, you simply won’t absorb all of the fats that you consume, leading to weight loss.
What is Alli?
Alli (pronounced as Al-eye) was initially introduced in the United States in 1999 under another trade name.
It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline in the U.S. as the brand name for Orlistat which is formulated to treat obesity. It acts as a lipase inhibitor, which decreases the absorption of fats and reduces the calorie in the body.
Alli is in a dark blue hard gelatin capsule and can be taken orally. One can easily buy this over-the-counter pill to solve their weight-loss problem. It is FDA approved drug for adults age 18 years and above and recommended for persons with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more. Determining your body mass index (BMI) will help you be aware of your ideal weight based on your height and weight. A BMI between 18 to 24 is considered a healthy weight, anything beyond this rate is considered overweight.
Alli helps reduce the risk of acquiring a certain type of diabetes and lowers blood pressure rate. When taking Alli, it is also recommended to take a multivitamin supplement at least once a day, especially the one that contains vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene because orlistat decreases the absorption of vitamins from the food you take.
Taking Alli with regular physical activity and a healthy diet can provide a person with more evident results. Though this can easily be purchased without a prescription, it is still best to consult a doctor for physical evaluation for a customized weight-loss plan that fits for you.
How does Alli Works?
Taking Alli helps your body break down fats up to 25% and eliminate them through bowel movements. The Orlistat, an active ingredient contained in Alli, helps decrease the amount of fat absorbed in your intestines. Studies also show that Alli reduces the absorption of visceral fat, a dangerous type of belly fat associated with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
What are the Benefits of taking Alli?
Relying on Alli alone for weight loss without physical exercise would only give you a modest result. To reduce at least 5% of your body weight in a year is considered to be a clinically meaningful weight loss. And to achieve this, it is recommended to take Alli followed by a considerable increase in physical exercise and a calorie-restricted diet. The 5% loss of body weight is enough to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, other types of diabetes, and other weight-related illnesses.
How do I take Alli?
Alli can be taken orally, 3 times a day within an hour if you will eat a meal that contains fat. However, since our body still needs a certain amount of fat, it is recommended that the intake of fat should not be more than 15grams per meal or an overall calorie intake of about 30% per day. Consuming fatty food while taking Alli may cause oily spots on your underwear and increase the need for a frequent bowel movement. If you are eating a non-fat meal, you can skip taking your dose. And if you will consume a high-fat meal with a dose of Alli, you may experience severe gastrointestinal side effects. When taking Alli, keep at least 5 or more portions of vegetables and fruit each day. Aside from their low-calorie content, they provide essential health nutrients and minerals that help strengthen your immune system, gives you glowing skin and a healthy body.
If you missed your dose, immediately take it as soon as you remember, but not more than 1 hour after eating a meal. If it’s more than an hour since your last meal, simply skip the missed dose and take your next dose on your next scheduled time. And do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.
What are other forms of Alli?
There are other weight loss medicines produced by other manufacturers that are also based on the generic drug, the Orlistat. For example, the Xenical, a stronger weight loss medication available in higher dosage and requires a doctor’s prescription.
Who can and can’t take Alli?
Patients should seek professional healthcare’s advice before taking Alli or before starting any weight loss medications especially if patients are taking other medicine for:
- Thyroid problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiovascular disease
- HIV or AIDS
Patients should acquire evaluation and approval from their doctor as a critical step before taking Alli or any weight loss medications, especially if you had these medical conditions:
- Gallbladder problems
- Kidney stones
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Patients who taking other maintenance medicines or had been on these medical conditions should take precautions and seek their doctor’s approval.
- organ transplant
- breast-feeding or had been pregnant
- Taking cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, others)
- Have problems already absorbing food
Orlistat is available in capsule form both in low and high dosages.
- 60 mg (Alli) – are often purchased over the counter.
- 120 mg (Xenical) – requires a doctor’s prescription.
What are the side effects?
Immediately stop the intake of Alli upon noticing any signs of allergy e.g. swelling of lips, tongue, face, or throat, and if you experience difficulty in breathing.
Call your doctor if you experience the following:
- severe stomach pain
- severe pain in your lower back
- blood in your urine, painful or difficult urination
- kidney problems – little or no urinating; swelling in your feet or ankles; get tired easily.
- liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Seek doctor’s advice if you noticed some of these signs such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Light-colored stool
- Brown urine
The active ingredient in Alli, orlistat, causes gastrointestinal side effects linked to the undigested fats passing through your intestine. It normally goes away over time with the appropriate use of the medication. These side effects include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Oily discharge from the anus
- Gas with oily anal discharge
- Oily stools
- More-frequent bowel movements
- Urgent or hard-to-control bowel movements
Other possible side effects include:
- Back pain
How do I buy Alli?
Alli (non-prescription dosage) is available in most pharmacies or through online pharmacy stores. You’ll be required to fill out an assessment by the doctor to verify that Alli will not contradict any of your current medicines, if any, and is suitable for you.
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