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Alli Diet Pills – Update
Alli should have been and would have been the best selling non prescription diet pill in the history of the weight loss industry.
Alli is the only diet pill that has FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) approval and is also available to buy without GP consultation or the need for a prescription.
FDA approval is reserved for drug classed prescription only diet pills and no other commercially available or over the counter (OTC) diet pill has (to date) been awarded this status.
Produced by GlaxoSmithKline and from a marketing perspective Alli has just about everything. From a consumer perspective Alli was a disappointment.
Alli hit the shelves around 18 months ago in the United States – billed as a the $1 a day anti obesity drug that could promote Rapid Weight Loss, Alli has been plagued with consumer reports and concerns over a side effect that is not so much dangerous but hugely embarrassing.
Read the original Alli Review for more detail regarding possible side effects.
For a UK consumer, purchases up until now would have to be made from US online based websites such as Healthbuy. But now Alli seems to have the seal of approval by Europe’s medicine watchdog and could be on sale in Britain by the spring or summer.
Alli is a lower strength version of the prescription only anti obesity drug Orlistat, better name under the brand name of Xenical.
It is interesting to note that the clinical trials involving Alli have not appeared to have been scrutinised to deeply – allowing the Xenical association to do its talking.
Alli should be available to UK consumer around April 2009 – until then if you want to try Alli for yourself then you will need to purchase outside of the UK.
Diet Pills For Obesity
Obesity is becoming pandemic, especially in the more wealthy regions such as the United States, UK and Europe.
A diet pill of some description is the most widely used and popular method for trying to get excess body weight and body mass under control.
In a majority of cases a diet pill is used either soley or in conjunction with a diet plan or weight loss programme.
The absolute ideal combination is the use of a diet pill and a diet plan
If your body becomes accustomed to taking on board a certain amount of calories a day, common sense will indicate that this must change. You must educate your body to expect a reduced portion each and every day.
This can either be done by using appetite suppressants or fat binders
If you have an extremely large body mass a commercial diet pill (one that you can purchase over the counter or via the internet) is most likely not your best option.
In extreme cases of obesity where your life may be in danger it is absolutely vital that you seek professional help. A radical change of diet and lifestyle is necessary first and foremost.
A GP may prescribe a course of diet pills – the pills prescribed will be pharmaceutically produced drugs, some of them you may be familiar with and others you may not.
The over riding point is that they are via prescription and must only be acquired under the say so of your GP.
Popular Diet Pills To Treat Obesity
There are several diet pills that have been chemically produced specifically to combat the effects of obesity.
Xenical Orlistat – Xenical is a fat blocking diet pill that can prevent fat absorption. It is extremely powerful and the most commonly GP prescribed diet pill.
If you qualify for a prescription you would be 10 times more likely to given Xenical compared other brands. Xenical is not available for purchase. More about Xenical
Acomplia Rimonabant – a strong appetite suppressant that until recently was quite frequently prescribed. Acomplia has now been removed from the shelves of stockists amid safety issues. More about Acomplia
Phentermine – One of the best known appetite suppressants. Phentermine is prone to causing just as many problems as it solves. More about Phentermine
Meridia – uses the active ingredient Sibutramine. Meridia is another appetite suppressing diet pill and has many potential side effects documented. More about Meridia
The one factor that all of the above prescribed diet pill have in common is that can cause side effects.
It is highly advised to not attempt to purchase; Xenical, Reductil, Phentermine, Acomplia or Meridia from any source especially via the internet.
Natural Diet Pills
Obesity can also be combated by more natural and herbal based diet products. It is unlikely that a GP will prescribe anything from the natural world.
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Acomplia Rimonabant Diet Pills Side Effects
Prescription only diet pills, Rimonabant – more commonly known as Acomplia, have been removed from the shelves of stockists.
Acomplia was only available via a visit to a GP or doctor and under prescription and on its introduction was seen by many healthcare professionals at the anti obesity drug of the future.
Over the last two years an estimated 100,000 UK dieters have used the weight loss drug but latest evidence suggests that the possible health risks associated with Acomplia outweight its potential benefit.
Side Effects And Health Risks Of Acomplia
We have already reviewed and commented on the potential side effects associated with Acomplia Rimonabant.
Acomplia it was though can cause a whole host of health problems ranging from the physical symptoms such as nausea, tendonities and stomach cramps – to more serious psychiatric disorders such as panic attacks to memory loss.
It is now thought that Acomplia may have been the cause of several deaths including a possible suicide.
Acomplia is only prescribed to the extremely overweight of dangerously obese. Mid 2008 the NHS gave approval of Acomplia to used as a last resort anti obesity drug.
How Does Acomplia Work
Acomplia Rimonabant is an appetite suppressant that works by creating a feeling a fullness for the dieter so that food is not craved so much. The theory is that if the brain does not crave for food the body will not take on more calories than it needs – so after time, food portions become reduce and the stomach shrinks.
Appetite suppressants are effective but some of the pharmaceutical drug class diet pills are incredibly strong and can cause more problems than they solve. More about Appetite Suppressants
The dilimma now for the manufacturers of Acomplia – French firm Sanofi-Aventis is what to do in the interim. Bad press will obviously harm profits. A possible solution could be to produce a lower strength version of Rimonabant and possible market under a different brand.
Prescription Diet Drugs
Of the available prescription diet pills, Acomplia has approximately one tenth of the UK market. The most popular and widely prescribed diet pill is Orlistat – brand name Xenical. Xenical is not an appetite suppressant, Xenical works by blocking fat from being absorbed by the body. More about Xenical
Xenical is relatively side effect free – there are one or two side effects that are well documented but these are a minor irritation that anything sinister.
It is interesting to note that Xenical has almost a decade of working clinical trials wheras Acomplia has just the two.
Like Acomplia, Xenical is not available to purchase and only prescribed to the overweight. Typically if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is in the mid 30’s you are considered overweight bordering on obese. Check your BMI
Maybe if drug companies were not in such as rush to get their products out into the market the consumer and the drug company would benefit more in the long term.
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