Over The Counter Slimming Pills – Oralist and Alli

One of the few slimming pills that have clinical studies to backup their effectiveness is Orlistat, a prescription drug for combating obesity sold as Xenical (which is made by Roche), as well as the over-the-counter pills marketed under the name Alli (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline). The reason that non-prescription Alli and Orlistat work, is due to tetrahydrolipstatin, a substance which absorbs fat in foods that are ingested and thereby the overall calories the body must burn are reduced. Nevertheless, these slimming pills are only recommended for patients who are obese and will combine the medication with necessary dietary changes.

Taking Alli, in conjunction with a low fat, low calorie diet may help to reduce weight faster even in people who are severely overweight. Studies conducted on these drugs do not make exaggerated claims, rather are stated as offering “modest” results in weight reduction. Modest means that over the course of about a year, participants appear to have lost slightly over 6 lbs more than those who received placebo therapies and dietary changes. Tests appear to indicate that obese individuals who take these slimming pills appear to receive “moderate” help in combating type II diabetes and lowering blood pressure. For obvious reasons it’s best to choose these potent diet pills based on a doctor’s recommendation, however, the over the counter versions can be obtained without a prescription in the United States, Canada, European countries, Australia and New Zealand.

About Alli and Oralist Slimming Pills and Their Side Effects

It’s interesting that the side effects of these slimming capsules are in fact part of the treatment. How so? The unpleasant gastrointestinal effects (which include excessive flatulence and loose bowel movements that may be difficult to control) are felt primarily when fatty foods are eaten. Patients naturally wish to reduce these unpleasant side effects and therefore may limit their fat intake.

Other serious side effects pertain to possible liver damage (which has been reported to be severe in some cases, including liver failure) when taking this medication and therefore it’s advisable for a medical professional to prescribe these pills only after a thorough evaluation.

There’s contradictory information when it comes to other possible side effects of taking this slimming medication, specially pertaining to breast cancer. At first it appeared that the drug was responsible for causing a higher incidence of breast cancer however variations of the drug appeared to kill cancer cells. Then again, the most recent studies conducted indicate that the drug may be linked to colon cancer.

Another side effect of taking Orlistat slimming pills is that the fat absorption properties also affect absorbing necessary vitamins like E, A, K and D. People who decide to use this method of weight control will need to take vitamin supplements.

What Drugs Can’t Be Mixed with Oralist or Alli

There is a list of drugs that cannot be taken in conjunction with Oralist slimming pills because the ingredients will block the body’s ability to absorb them. Since the list includes serious medications to control heart conditions such as arrhythmia and drugs used to control organ transplant rejection, it’s important to be sure you’re not taking any such medications before starting this as a weight loss treatment.

People who have liver, gallbladder or conditions affecting the pancreas, as well as pregnant or breast feeding women, should not consider taking either prescription oralist or the over the counter Alli slimming pills.

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