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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Dr. Fitness Says No To "Alli"

This week GlaxoSmithKline will release Alli, the first FDA-approved diet drug cleared for over-the-counter sale. The company is expected to spend $150 million on marketing the drug in its first year. Television and magazine ads are already running. E-tailers Amazon.com and Drugstore.com report the drug, which has been pre-sold, already is a top seller - at a cost of $50 - $60 per month.

Here's the catch people...THE SIDE EFFECTS, which can include oily discharge, diarrhea and uncontrollable bowel movements significant enough for the company to recommend carrying an extra pair of pants until users have acclimated to the drug. Huh? The drug company is recommending an extra set of trouser? How bout throwing a couple of pair with the drug!!!! I think this is insane!!! The side effects alone can force users to eat less. Alli blocks enzymes that digest fat, preventing the body from absorbing about a quarter of the fat eaten. Because Alli can interfere with vitamin absorption, it can affect how medications act in the body, and users are advised to take a multivitamin supplement. Now that's a relief, a drug company telling us to use a Multi! The drug is not recommended for children younger than 18, people with kidney disease, patients on blood-thinners and certain other medications, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you want more information about this story click on this link from MSNBC!

Dr. Fitness Gives it a big Thumbs Down and knowing my buddy The Fat Guy, he's probably already at Walgreens buying all the "Alli."


At 10:02 AM, Blogger Truthman30 said...

check out the unofficial "alli blog" ...

Seems that alli side effects can be a little smelly ...

And also it may cause vitamin deficiency and possibly colon cancer..



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