Alli is an FDA-approved pill that “stops about 25% of the fat you eat from getting absorbed!” The active ingredient in Alli, Orlistat, helps users lose more weight than dieting alone. One writer shares her experience with Alli.
Alli is an over-the-counter medication intended to help overweight adults to achieve their weight-loss goals. The Body Mass Index (BMI) of a person is used to determine whether they are considered overweight or obese. Patients who are obese can speak to their doctor about a prescription for the stronger variant called Xenical. Both medications contain the same active ingredient, but Alli is the only version that can be found in stores. It’s important to use Alli along with a low-fat, low-calorie diet to yield the best results and to avoid unpleasant digestion side effects. These are listed on the product website and packaging in detail. To help you achieve your goals, your first Alli purchase includes a starter guide, 3-pill carry case, and gives the option to register online for extra help. To learn more about the Alli online assistance, visit here:
Alli can be purchased at Walgreens, Amazon, GNC, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers, listed on the official Alli website.
2014 Recall Information
GSK learned that some consumers found an unknown drug in their Alli bottles, and informed consumers on March 25, 2014. The company posted guidelines and photos to help users with current Alli products to verify whether they had an authentic product. Two days later, GSK and the FDA decided to recall Alli. They stated a commitment to “finding out what happened and to doing everything possible to prevent future issues.” In light of this, users will have trouble purchasing new Alli product at this time, other than some refill packs online.
How much does Alli cost?
Alli comes in a 120-count carton for $52, a 90-count for $45, and a 60-count for $40 when purchasing a refill. The starter version can cost roughly $5-10 more since it contains the diet plan, detailed user guide, and pill holder. Afterward, you’ll be able to purchase the lower cost starter packs for refills. You’ll get the most savings by purchasing a larger supply at once. Current prices may be higher if your try to purchase during the recall, as supplies are limited, if available at all. Shipping costs are currently unavailable since common online retailers do not have stock.
The Alli website offers a special $10 off coupon that can be used on your next purchase. Amazon provides a discount up to 15% for certain items available with an auto-ship refill. Alli is one of the products available with autoship. You can learn more about their subscribe-and-save options here. If you’re a member of Sam’s Club or CostCo, you can get a special 150-count carton for $67. These retailers offer an average of 30% savings on the price for the other cartons too.
My Alli Review
If you’ve researched weight loss medication, you’ve probably noticed that most over-the-counter options end up being ineffective placebos or contain unproven ingredients. Risky drugs get banned quickly, and for good reason: to product users. I started taking Alli at the end of 2013 because my weight had just crept to the overweight side. I purchased Alli through Amazon. I used Alli for several weeks along with a low-fat diet, which I tracked as they suggested. Unfortunately, I was a user who sometimes encountered negative side effects that felt similar to food poisoning. This does help most people to have incentive to stick on the diet. However, I was actually within the range of fat intake recommended, so my body was more sensitive than the average user. I tried lowering fat intake more, but had trouble keeping this up, so I quit taking Alli. I’ve since learned I have a gluten allergy, which meant any bread or pasta caused allergic reactions during the time I took Alli. This may have caused the side effects despite the fact that I followed the recommended diet and fat contents for a day.
- FDA approved product
- Small pills are easy to swallow
- Proven results in scientific studies
- Available through many retailers
- Helps lose up to 25% more weight than diet alone
- Convenient carry case provided
- You must take three pills a day (one with each meal)
- A multivitamin is needed to replace certain vitamins you will lose while taking Alli
- May cause unpleasant digestive reactions
- Currently difficult to purchase
- Diet plan can be hard to maintain
Alternatives to Alli
There are many weight loss supplements and diet pills available on the market, however no others have FDA approval that are available over the counter. The top competitors are Xenadrine for $20, Hydroxycut for $16 online or $24 in-stores, and Cal-Trim 1000 for $13. These are all for a 60-count supply of pills. Consumer reviews may help, but you should always consult your doctor and research potential side effects before trying any supplement for weight loss. In addition, beware of impostors like Alli-C or AlliUltra which share a similar name, but do not contain the active ingredient Orlistat.
Other Alli Reviews
Online reviews for Alli are generally positive, with a roughly 80% rating. See:
Alli has a proven track record, although it may not be right for everyone. The potential side effects motivate many users to stay on-track, but may deter some. I recommend this for anyone with genuine commitment to using this medication along with the dietary requirements.
Your Alli Reviews
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