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What exactly is Alli and what is it used for?

Alli is the one of many weight loss medications that can be usedwithout a prescription, and which is, unlike some others, considered to be safe.It has officially been approved by the FDA. The mechanism of action of thismedication is related to its ability to decrease the absorption of fat from thediet, or more precisely, it prevents the absorption of approximately 25 % ofthe fat in the diet. It does that by binding to certain enzymes and thusinhibiting their activity. This way, it helps in losing much more weight, butgradually. Still, it is not safe for everyone, because there are some groups ofpeople who are at a bit higher risk of experiencing adverse effects of thismedication, and thus are not recommended to use it without consultations with adoctor. Among those who belong to these risk groups are people who suffer fromdiabetes, problems with gallbladder, kidney stones, pancreatitis, as well asthose who have some kind of a thyroid disorder or problems that affect theability of food absorption. Pregnant and lactating women are also not advisedto use it, as well as people who use medications such as warfarin, amiodarone,cuclosporine, or medications for diabetes or thyroid problems. Some vitaminsmay also provoke certain contraindications if used in combination with Alli,which is why it is important to inform the doctor about these things in advanceand before making a diet plan that includes this medication.

Are there any side effects?

When it comes to the possible side effects of Alli, people shouldbe aware of the fact that, since it is non-prescription medication, such details do nothave to be available. Still, if judging by the reports and results of studiesthat the FDA has provided, the most commonly reported side effects of Alli include pain in the abdomen, an urgent need to have a bowel movement, gas that may even be followed by oil or stool in small amount, diarrhea, and soft stool.A bit less common side effects include pain in the back, uncontrolled bowelmovement and more frequent bowel movements. Still, none of these symptomsrequires treatment, but those that do require medical attention are signs thatindicate some kind of liver damage, severe pain in the stomach, kidney stonesand signs that indicate some kind of an allergic reaction.

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