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What is Alli?

Alli is made up of orlistat and is a lipase inhibitor. This is a pill, usually blue in color, used as a weight loss aid. The generic version of Alli, orlistat, is available for purchase in 60mg tablets.

Orlistat is used to help struggling adults (over the age of 18) trying to lose weight by decreasing the amount of dietary fat absorbed in your intestines by approximately 25% - 30%. This also reduces the number of calories that enter your body, as they come with these now unabsorbed fats. In order for this medication to be effective, it must be combined with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet.

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Never take more or less of a dosage than directed

Take this tablet by mouth 3 times a day

Do not eat for up to one hour after taking Alli, and if you do, ensure it is a low fat meal.

You will also likely be taking vitamins while taking Alli; do not take these at the same time.


It is important you tell your doctor about any drug allergies you may have as well as if you have any of the following conditions;

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Seizures
  • HIV
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

This medication is not used for those who;

  • Are at a healthy weight
  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Are taking cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, others)
  • Have problems already absorbing food
  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding

Side Effects

Side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Oily discharge from the anus
  • Gas with oily anal discharge
  • Oily stools
  • More-frequent bowel movements
  • Urgent or hard-to-control bowel movements

Other possible side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Upper respiratory infection


How do I know if Alli is right for me?

If you are overweight (BMI of 25-29.9) and dieting and exercise haven’t been working when it comes to losing weight, this product is meant for you. Consult your doctor to discuss further.


What kind of food should I buy?

Example of good diet foods;

Dried fruit with low-calorie yoghurt, 25-40g cereal with low-fat milk, Poached egg with grilled tomatoes, Small glass of fruit juice, Sandwiches (2-3 slices of bread) and 1 slice lean meat Salads.


Can my overweight child use Alli?

No. This product was designed for those 18 years old and up.


Is there any other versions of Alli?

There is the generic version of Alli, sold as Orlistat. There is also Xenical, which is a stronger strength of Alli (120mg). We also carry Xenical as well as its generic version at MyDrugCenter.

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