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First Over the Counter Diet Pill Approved by FDA

I have a pretty bad opinion of weight loss pills, I am not convinced there is a magic bullet. Nor am I convinced that diet pills are the answer to losing weight.

The FDA doesn't agree with me and has recently said the fat-blocking weight-loss pill Orlistat (aka Xenical), which has been available by prescription, can be sold in a reduced-strength version over the counter. The new version will be sold as alli (pronounced AL-eye by GlaxoSmithKline) and is the first nonprescription diet pill to be approved by the FDA. Alli is intended for people 18 and older to use along with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet and exercise.

Alli will contain half the dose of Xenical prescription capsules and is expected to run $1-$2 a day. The company estimated 5 million to 6 million Americans a year would buy the drug over the counter. The important safety information directly from are as follows:

When using this product:

  • Take a multivitamin once a day, at bedtime. alli can reduce the absorption of some vitamins.
  • Follow a well-balanced, reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. Try starting this diet before taking alli capsules.
  • Alli capsules work by preventing the absorption of some of the fat you eat. The fat passes out of your body so you may have bowel changes.
  • You may get:
    -gas with oily spotting
    -loose stools
    -more frequent stools that may be hard to control.

  • In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

To these points I say: Scary. Duh. Weird. Gross. That's it?!?!

The FDA also said that people who have had organ transplants should not take OTC Orlistat because of possible drug interactions. In addition, anyone taking blood-thinning medicines or being treated for diabetes or thyroid disease should consult a physician before using Orlistat.

I am seriously outraged that the FDA will approve something that causes anal leakage yet Stevia, the non-caloric herb has yet to gain the FDA's approval.

This is a backwards world we're living in.

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rkdub rkdub 10 years
And remember, muscle weighs more than even if you gain poundage, it's the tone and muscle mass that matters. i weigh close to 140 and most people would NEVER guess that much... I just have a ton of leg muscle from playing sports. Oily discharge? Yeah... I'd rather keep the 10 pounds thanks! Just imagine the ONE and only ONE time it would take trying to explain that to your boyfriend..... ayyyy!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks Fit! I got a little discouraged last night as i got on the scale...( i know, not a good idea to do at night) and over the past week it said i had gained 7 pounds...which literally is impossible. I am glad my boyf is supposrtive because i called him very upset. anyway, long story short i lost 6 of it by this afternoon, lmao, and am going to weigh on Thrusday mornings only, no matter how hard it is to walk past the scale and not get on everyday. Why does the body's weight fluctuate the way it does? Also, as a note, I have worked out for the 3rd time this week as far as cardio for atleast 30 min each time goes, have finished it up by walking the 5 flights of stairs to my apartm,ent instead of the elevator, and every morning i wake up i have done either situps or squats or something...(also have free weights to do my arms) and do 3 to 4 random exercises as soon as i wake up...normally 3 sets of 12 each. I think this may be the last diet i go on :-) I will continue this in the fit dieters support suite from now on, but thought I would update. NOW i just have to try and not smoke one of my mom's ciggies when i visit this weekend! _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
katiekat katiekat 10 years
Stevia is not manufactured by a large pharmaceutical company that is putting pressure on the FDA...that's why it hasn't been approved!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Cravin, that is so great! Good for you and I am proud of you for doing it the conventional and healthy way instead of looking to a pill like most people will do. Keep on keeping on, soon you see results in pounds but really it IS all about feeling better. If you are doing a lot more activity than normal, be sure that you are eating enough calories to keep your body going and burning fat (instead of storing it). Have you check out the Calculator? You should! Congrats!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
*no, not do! lmao _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I am very overwieght, and will stick to conventional methods...this is day 4 of my diet, and a haven't lost a ound yet but i feel great...cardio at the least 3 times a week, and 10-12 minutes of weight bearing exercises every morning.(aka, sit ups, lunges squats, 5lb free weights)and am eating no more than 1500 cal a day. I think that should help! Do diarrhea pill needed here! :ROTFL: _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
cams cams 10 years
yeah fatty diarrhea does not sound fun. youll definelty need more vitamins ADEK with these! Why is it that people need pills for everything?
mendo mendo 10 years
I was listening to the radio today and the hosts were discussing this pill. A couple women called in who had taken this pill and said they uncontrollably sh*t their pants because of it. GROSS!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
They still make WOW chips...they are just under the brand of Light, like, LIGHT Doritos and Light Tostitos. I love them, and to be honest, the Olestra never upset my stomach and i never got oily discharge.... _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
DLightSF DLightSF 10 years
Hmmmm, sounds strangely similar to the side effects of the Olestra craze of the late 90s/early 00's (remember WOW chips?). That didn't last long and this probably won't either. It is disappointing though that th FDA will not approve most "natural" or "homeopathic" remedies which often carry little to no side-effects...seems there just isn't enough money to be made or the pharmaceutical lobby is just too big.
medicgirl medicgirl 10 years
What ever happened to diet and exercise? Sure it is hard work but it's better than having the poops all the time and god only knows what other side effects. People just want the quick fix. Pisses me off.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
-gas with oily spotting -loose stools -more frequent stools that may be hard to control. Um, no thanks.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Not all of the FDA disagrees fit. One guy has come out and said they don't know long-term effects. Also, if you eat fatty food you will have oily discharge...*eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww* _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
Shouldn't most people lose 5-10 lbs. in 6 months following a calorie and fat-reduced diet alone?
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