Becoming available over-the-counter mid-June is the new FDA-approved diet drug alli, based on the active ingredient Orlistat, which is found in the only currently FDA-approved prescription diet pill, Xenical. Roughly half the strength of Xenical, alli works like its prescription predecessor by blocking the absorption of fat that is ingested, thus lowering the amount of calories taken into the body.
Xenical is prescribed only for those who are severely overweight, but alli will be available over the counter and therefore accessible to anyone who is having trouble shedding a few pounds.
A reduced-calorie diet plan is recommended in conjunction with alli. While on this medication, ingesting a fat-rich meal may result in some digestive distress: gas, frequent trips to the bathroom or oily stool.
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