Alli was the first FDA approved diet pill to hit the market and experienced a shortage recently. “We had experienced a supply shortage of the active ingredient used to make the product,” a representative from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare said in an email. “The supply issue has been resolved.”
The active ingredient they are referring to is orlistat. It helps with weight loss by suppressing the body’s ability to absorb fat in the intestines and can block up to 25 per cent. When the body is unable to absorb the fats they become undigested waste.
Studies on the amount of weight loss you can lose with Alli are limited but you can expect to lose three to five pounds more a year than if you were relying on diet and exercise alone. (more…)
Don’t you wish you could be like Alice in Wonderland and drink a magic potion and you’d be smaller? Many diet aids claim to do just that. But before you go running to the diet aisle here are a few things you should know:
1. They are not evaluated or approved by the FDA. This means these products do not go under the same safety and efficacy scrutiny as a prescription you get filled from your friendly neighborhood pharmacist. If you are someone who has diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or any other health conditions or are taking any prescription medications you definitely want to check with a doctor first before you start to take anything.
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Warning Alli Linked to Liver Damage
There’s been a warning to all consumers of Alli and Xenical: The FDA has linked the weight loss pills to severe liver damage in certain rare cases.
50 Cent Sheds 54 Pounds
Rapper 50 Cent went from 214 pounds and he now clocks in at 160 pounds, and publishes pictures online.
Warning to all consumers of Alli and Xenical: The FDA has linked the weight loss pills to severe liver damage in certain rare cases.
“The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has added a warning about the risk to the label of the drug, which is sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline. A prescription version called Xenical is manufactured by Roche and sold by Glaxo.”
Currently the FDA has identified 13 confirmed cases of liver damage linked to Alli and Xenical. Xenical has been on the market since 1997 and available via doctor’s prescription. Alli, a newer consumer version of the weight loss drug, has been available over-the-counter since 2007.
Alli, which had sales nearing 300 million dollars in 2009, has been performing below Wall Street estimates. Poor sales of the lifestyle drug can be attributed to poor economic conditions as well as unpleasant side effects, such as anal leakage.
Doctors urge patients taking these weight loss pills to monitor signs of liver injury, including itching, yellow eyes and skin and loss of appetite.
GlaxoSmithKline, makers of the popular weight loss supplement Alli, are funding a documentary on the eating habits of Americans. They could also fund another documentary; this one on the industry of pirated drugs sold on the Internet… including their own Alli.
The counterfeit Alli looks a lot like the real Alli. But, the counterfeit pills are filled with sibutramine, not Orlistat – the main ingredient in authentic Alli.
The main difference between sibutramine and Orlistat is that the former is a substance that should not be used without a doctor’s oversight. Sibutramine is the active ingredient in the prescription weight loss drug Meridia. What’s worse, Alli is taken three times daily, while Meridia should only to be taken once a day.
So far, there is no word on the fake Alli making its way to brick and mortar retail outlets. According to GlaxoSmithKline, you can identify the fake, and potentially fatal, Alli by scoping out the following clues: (more…)
Do weight loss pills have a Hollywood “alli”? Glaxo, the pharmaceutical company that makes the popular weight loss supplement Alli, is financing a documentary about our eating habits. The company is going to partner with the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit social and political advocacy organization that has backing by entertainers like Alec Baldwin, Tim Daly and Susan Sarandon.
A spokesman for Glaxo says that an Academy Award-winning director will be named on January 25 at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Creative Coalition recently released a documentary directed by Barry Levinson called “PoliWood,” which examined politically active actors during the 2008 Republican and Democratic conventions. But, their latest project is raising some eyebrows. People are wondering if it will be a glorified infomercial for Alli. (more…)
New research shows concern that two popular weight loss drugs, Alli and Xenical, may cause liver damage. On Monday, August 24, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating recent reports that these drugs may be causing liver damage in those who take them.
To date, there have been 30 reported cases of liver damage by those who take Alli, the only non-prescription weight loss drug the FDA has approved, and Xenical, its prescription counterpart. Of the 30 reports, 27 individuals have been hospitalized and six of them have experienced liver failure.
Both drugs are marketed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC, but Xenical is manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Roche. (more…)
Tune in to the Rachael Ray Show today, as she welcomes guest Wynonna Judd. The singer’s weight has become a public topic of conversation once again as she shares her struggles with weight and recently became the face of Alli diet pill. She gives the audience a glimpse at a day-in-the-life of her diet.
Earlier this week, we told you about how Wynonna Judd is representing the popular weight loss supplement Alli. Now, there’s another celebrity signing on to be a diet spokesperson. Phylicia Rashad is the latest actress to take on the role. She’s signing on with Jenny Craig.
Rashad is best know for her role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. But she hasn’t disappeared. Earlier this week Rashad was nominated for a Golden Globe for her lead role in Raisin in the Sun.
Rashad joins the ranks of stars such as Queen Latifah, Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli who have all been spokeswomen for Jenny Craig.
People magazine is reporting that country music star Wynonna Judd has a New Year’s resolution: to tell the world about Alli. She’s signed on to act as a representative for the super-popular weight loss supplement.
Unlike her half-sister Ashley Judd, Wynonna wasn’t blessed with a Hollywood leading lady figure. Which, in this case, gives her more appeal, since regular folks can relate to her.
“People can see themselves in me and say ‘You know what? If she can do it, I can do it,'” says Judd. (more…)