Alli is an anti obesity drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It contains Orlistat, which acts by blocking some of the fat from the food being eaten. Thus it hinders their absorption by the body and reduces weight. Alli is a part of comprehensive weight loss program, which includes low-calorie diet, exercise and weight maintenance along side. It is used for treatment of Obesity in patients suffering from or at risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol or triglycerides.

Patients allergic to Orlistat should not use this medicine. Alli should not be given to a child younger than 18 years old. Patients should consult their medical history with the doctor, before taking Alli, especially if they are suffering from gallbladder problems, or chronic malabsorption syndrome, under active thyroid, a history of gallstones or pancreatitis, type1 and type 2 diabetes, an eating disorder, liver disease or if they are on other weight-loss medications.

Patients using Alli should avoid high fat diet, as it could adversely affect the stomach or intestines. Some patients may experience difficulty in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. They should ask their doctor for vitamin and mineral supplements. Patients should stick to recommended dosages and course of treatment, as overdose could prove fatal.

Alli is not expected to harm an unborn baby, if taken during pregnancy. But even then patients should tell their doctor if they are pregnant. It could make it tough for the baby to absorb certain vitamins. Thus nursing mothers should also avoid this medicine, while breast-feeding.

Use of Alli could cause many side effects such as oily or fatty stools, orange or brown colored oil in stool, gas with discharge, an oily discharge, loose stools, loss of control on bowel movements, increased bowel movements, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal pain, weakness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, itching, loss of appetite, or jaundice.

It could also cause problems with teeth or gums, stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, headache, back pain or allergic reactions. Allergic reactions should be swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, rashes, itching or shortness of breath. Some patients may also suffer from pancreatitis. Its symptoms are stomach pain spreading to back, nausea, vomiting and fast heartbeats.

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