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Alli is a medication used to help weight loss. It contains the active ingredient orlistat, and works by blocking some of the fat you eat, preventing it from being absorbed by your body.

What is Alli?

Alli is a weight loss medication used to treat obesity. Obesity is a condition whereby someone’s excessive weight presents a risk to their health. Obesity can cause a variety of other medical problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Alli, along with a calorie-controlled diet, can help an obese person to lose weight.

Alli is available over the counter without a prescription. You can buy it from us at Instant eCare following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredient in All is orlistat. For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Alli contains orlistat. Orlistat is designed to target digestive fat. It can stop around a third of the fat in your meals from being absorbed by your body. This undigested fat will pass out of the body through your stools.

It is very important to commit to a calorie-controlled low fat diet to manage these effects. If a low fat nutrition plan is followed, Alli can assist your weight loss efforts by helping you to lose more weight compared to dieting alone.

Before you take it

Do not take Alli if you are allergic to orlistat or any of the other ingredients in this medication. A full list of medication is listed within the patient information leaflet. Speak to your doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative treatment for your obesity.

If you have diabetes, tell your doctor before taking Alli. Your doctor may need to adjust your anti-diabetic medication.

If you have kidney disease, speak to your doctor before taking Alli. The use of medicine containing orlistat has been linked to increased risk of kidney stones in patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.

This medication is unsuitable for children and adolescents under the age of 18.

Do not take Alli if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You must consult your doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative treatment for your condition.

If you have cholestasis, or have a condition called chronic malabsorption syndrome, you should not take Alli and should speak to your doctor to obtain an alternative treatment.

Alli may interact with some other medications. If you are taking any of the following, speak to your doctor before taking Alli:

  • Ciclosporin, an immune system suppressant
  • Warfarin, or other medications used to thin the blood
  • Oral contraceptive pills (if you get severe diarrhoea while taking Alli it can make your contraceptives less effective)
  • Amiodarone, used for heart rhythm problems
  • Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism
  • Any medicines to treat HIV
  • Medicines for depression, psychiatric disorders or anxiety

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions. For a complete list, consult the patient information leaflet.

Dosage Instructions

Always take Alli exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are unsure of how to take Alli, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

The usual dose of Alli is one 60mg capsule taken with each of your three main meals of the day. It can be taken before, during or up to one hour after a meal.

Swallow your capsules whole, with plenty of water. Do not crush, chew on or suck the capsule.

You must take Alli with a calorie controlled diet, rich in vegetables and fruit. For Alli to be effective, you should avoid the intake of fatty foods between meals, such as savoury snacks or chocolate.

Alli will only work when taken alongside dietary fat. If you miss a meal or eat a meal that contains no fat, you should not take Alli.

Store Alli in a cool, dry place, free from heat and moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Alli

Alli may cause side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature. However, if these side effects get worse, you should consult your doctor. Side effects may include:

  • Flatulence (with or without discharge)
  • Sudden bowel motions
  • Oily or greasy stools
  • Softer stools

Alli may cause more serious side effects. If you experience any of these, consult a doctor immediately. Side effects can include:

  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Skin blistering

Alli can also cause an allergic reaction. This is rare, but an allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction, you should immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms may include:

  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Swelling of the tongue, throat, mouth or lips
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Skin rash - blistering, peeling, redness

This is not a complete list of side effects. For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Alli suitable for children?

Alli must not be taken by anyone under the age of 18. Speak to your doctor to discuss a suitable weight loss plan for your child.

I’m pregnant. Can I take Alli?

You should not take Alli if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not known how Alli affects an unborn baby.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss your usual dose of Alli, you can take it as soon as you remember providing that it is within an hour of your previous meal. If it is any later than this, skip the missed dose and take Alli with your next meal.

What happens if I take too much?

If you believe you have taken too much Alli, consult a doctor for medical advice immediately. You may experience increased side effects.

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