No. alli is an effective weight loss aid but it’s not for everyone. It can be taken by overweight adults aged 18 or more with a BMI of 28 or over who are willing to adopt a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet and to make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle to succeed with alli.
There are some people who must not take alli because they have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medicines.
Do not take alli:
• if you are under 18.
• if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
• if you are taking ciclosporin (used after organ transplants, for severe rheumatoid arthritis and some severe skin conditions).
• if you are taking warfarin or any other medicines used to thin the blood.
• if you are allergic to orlistat or any of the ingredients.
• if you have cholestasis (condition where the flow of bile from the liver is blocked).
• if you have problems absorbing food (chronic malabsorption syndrome).
Other people should talk to their doctor if they want to use alli because they have certain medical conditions or because they are taking certain medicines.
Talk to your doctor before taking alli:
• if you are taking amiodarone for heart rhythm problems.
• if you are taking a medicine for diabetes.
• if you are taking a medicine for epilepsy.
• if you have kidney disease.
• if you are taking a thyroid medicine (levothyroxine).
• if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars (Only for alli chewable tablets).
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking alli:
• if you are taking a medicine for high blood pressure.
• if you are taking a medicine for high cholesterol.
The oral contraceptive pill may be less effective if you get severe diarrhoea, so use an extra method of contraception if this happens.
It is important to read the label before taking alli.