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Orlistat - an officially approved weight loss pill

Orlistat or Alli has been recently officially approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an over- the - counter weight loss pill. Orlistat, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is a version of Xenical, produced by Roche and wide - used for obesity treatment. Orlistat can be taken by people over 18 three times a day and better with fatty food. If taken in the dose of 120 mg tree times a day it will prevent up to 30% of fat from being absorbed.

Of course, there are still some restrictions in its use. If you wish to lose weight or think that you are overweight Orlistat isn't recommended in case:

  • you have problems with food absorption
  • you've had an organ transplant.

Orlistat can interfere with your medical treatment especially if you are taking drugs for thyroid disease, diabetes or post-transplant treatment. So consult your doctor before you start weight loss medication.

Like any weight loss pill Orlistat has a number of side effects. Looser stool or diarrhea and indigestion are among them.

Remember of taking a multivitamin complex during the period of weight loss medication. Doctors explain it by the fact that all the fat absorption blockers decrease the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins - for example, vitamins A, D, E.

You should also be aware of the fact that in the opinion of the FDA specialists any weight loss drug will not work if you neglect dieting and exercising. If you really want to lose weight and get long-term effects and health benefits you need to be "on a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet, and exercise program".

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