Orlistat Now Redux – Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in on OTC alli

What do you think about alli? Take my poll.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has written a short article over at CNN about Orlistat / OTC alli.  Among the more poignant (and sure to be lost once the advertising starts airing during Wheel of Fortune) points in his laundry-list of “things you should keep in mind before considering this drug:”

1) Diet and exercise are still going to be your longest-lasting weight-loss solution.

2) The manufacturers of alli and the FDA emphasize that this medication cannot work alone. It must be combined with low-fat diet and multivitamin taken at bedtime.

5) This is not a miracle drug. You will still have to work for the weight loss.

10) And the big question: How much will you lose? Expect modest weight loss. If you lose 5 pounds through diet and exercise, the FDA says you can expect to lose 2 to 3 more pounds by taking this pill. By the way, the weight loss plateaus after six months.

4 out of 10 items echo the sentiments I’ve previously discussed and are growing in the blogosphere – the drug provides minimal weight-loss assistance and is not intended as a weight-loss pill.  That won’t stop GSK from skirting penalties from the FTC when advertising it as a weight-loss pill, and it won’t stop people from buying it in droves.

In fact, I suspect most people trying this drug will be those needing to drop 10-40 lbs before the wedding/birthday/cruise/date, who would otherwise turn to dietary supplements, who have no intention of implementing the lifestyle changes recommended by GSK, and look at the weight-loss as a short-term cosmetic refresher. 

According to a MSNBC Live Vote (not scientific, of course), Americans are pretty excited about putting skidmarks in their undies – currently 59% of 137301 respondents are in favor of taking OTC alli, 15% are against and 25% are unsure.  Personally, I’m still skeptical – messing with my body’s natural internal plumbing by ingesting God knows what just isn’t worth the extra couple of pounds.

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4 Responses to Orlistat Now Redux – Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in on OTC alli

  1. Susan Thomas says:

    The more and more I read at http://www.myalli.com , the more comfortable I am about the drug. The side effects are preventable, the pill comes with a plan that helps you stay on the appropriate diet, and they are telling me that it is not right for everyone, so that reassures me that they do not plan to market it to everyone, especially adolescents.

  2. Avis says:

    Hello Guru, what entice you to post an article. This article was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

  3. Do you accept guest articles? I just like the way how you wrote Orlistat Now Redux – Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in on OTC alli, I’m in this topic for ages and I would adore to write few publications right here should you agree with me.

  4. Andrew says:

    @Susan: I agree with you. But as the article has already mentioned, “Diet and exercise are still going to be your longest-lasting weight-loss solution.” There will be no miracle drug that helps you lose tons of weight over night

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