How is Generic Alli (Orlistat) different from other weight loss medication?
Unlike most pills promising weight loss, this medication has been studied in clinical tests and has been proven to work. In one controlled study where all patients were following the same diet, those taking Generic Alli (Orlistat) lost on average twice as much over a 52-week period as patients who were given a placebo.
With the exception of Generic Alli (Orlistat), all current prescription drugs for weight loss act on the brain to reduce appetite. You eat less and you lose weight - but at a price. In order to get to the brain, these drugs must enter the blood stream. Therefore, these drugs may have side effects which affect the central nervous and cardiovascular systems, ranging from minor to severe. They are therefore indicated for short term use only.
Most importantly, though, these drugs do little or nothing to help people change their eating habits or lifestyles. So when they stop taking the drugs, the weight is quickly piled back on.
Generic Alli (Orlistat), on the other hand, does not enter the blood stream or have a negative effect on the brain. This medication does not reduce your appetite. It simply blocks the digestion and absorption of fat and helps you to control your fat intake.
One of the main differences with other Orlistat-based weight loss products, such as Xenical, is the lower dosis of Orlistat it contains (60mg as opposed to 120mg), which makes it less likely for patients taking Generic Alli (Orlistat) to incur side effects. Furthermore, this medication comes with a handy starter pack, which contains 200 pages of material to guide individuals through the Alli program and helps set expectations for gradual weight loss, helps people make healthy eating choices, monitors daily diets and manages the effects of treatment. This makes Generic Alli (Orlistat) a more comprehensive weight loss program than any other over-the-counter medication available.