What is Alli (Orlistat 60mg)?
Alli is a tablet for weight loss marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. It contains an ingredient called Orlistat, which works by reducing the amount of fat your body absorbs from meals. It should only be used as part of a larger weight loss programme, which includes a healthy, balanced, low-calorie diet, and physical activity. The medication is only suitable for use by those who have a BMI of 28 or over.
Whether or not a person is a healthy weight can in most cases be determined by their Body Mass Index (BMI). This is calculated using the person’s height and weight. The majority of people fall into one of three categories, which are:
healthy weight (BMI of 18-25)
overweight (BMI of 25-30)
or obese (BMI of 30 and over)
Nearly two thirds of the UK population is either overweight or obese. Those who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of developing serious health issues. It includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Being obese can also cause low self-esteem, and lead to psychological issues such as depression in some cases.
Someone who is overweight or obese can reach a healthier, safer weight by adopting a programme of controlled weight loss. This will typically consist of a healthy diet which is lower in calories, combined with a programme of exercise. It’s important for those losing weight to aim to do so at a gradual rate, so that they do not risk illness by losing weight too quickly.
Your doctor can help you put together a healthy eating and exercise programme to suit your needs, and help you lose weight at a safe rate. However, in cases where these measures alone have not succeeded, and someone’s weight may be putting their health at risk, then weight loss medicine such as Alli may be recommended.
This particular treatment is only suitable for first time users with a BMI of 28 or above. Those who have already begun the course and are losing weight can be prescribed the treatment if they have a BMI which is slightly lower.
Six months is the maximum duration someone can take Alli capsules for. A healthcare professional may choose to review your progress after you have been using the treatment for 12 weeks, before issuing the remainder of the course.
The active ingredient in Alli capsules is orlistat, which works in the gut to reduce the amount of fat you absorb from food. It is thought to lower fat absorption by roughly a quarter (some therefore refer to Alli as a ‘fat-blocker’). This fat, which is consequently not taken up by the gut, is instead passed out of the body through faeces. The manufacturers of Alli state that for every 2kg lost through dieting, the tablet can assist in the loss of a further 1kg.
To buy Alli from our pharmacy, you will need to undergo consultation with our physician to make sure it is safe for you to use. Our secure online doctor service enables you to get the prescription treatment you need quickly and safely. Each order is checked by a practising healthcare professional, who will only approve your prescription if they are satisfied the medication is suitable for you. Medicines are dispensed at our UK-based pharmacy, before being shipped by tracked courier.
Please note that you will need to begin your new lower calorie diet a few days in advance of starting treatment with Alli. Orders for Alli which are approved at our pharmacy will usually arrive within 2-3 business days.
Please also note that when you take our consultation for Alli, your questionnaire will be reviewed by our pharmacist, not our doctor.