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What is Alli (orlistat)?

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Alli (orlistat) is an over-the-counter medication used to help people lose weight. Studies have shown that Alli can help people lose more weight than dieting alone. The weight loss drug is intended for overweight adults ages 18 and older who also follow a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet.

A stronger dose of the same active ingredient in Alli is available by prescription and is sold under the brand name Xenical. Xenical may also be recommended after weight loss surgery to help patients keep off the lost pounds.

From: Alli: Everything You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA : "Orlistat (marketed as Alli and Xenical): Labeling Change;" "Questions and Answers: Orlistat and Severe Liver Injury;" and "Orlistat (Alli) Packaging Label Insert." 

MedlinePlus: "Orlistat."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 8, 2018

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FDA : "Orlistat (marketed as Alli and Xenical): Labeling Change;" "Questions and Answers: Orlistat and Severe Liver Injury;" and "Orlistat (Alli) Packaging Label Insert." 

MedlinePlus: "Orlistat."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 8, 2018

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