How Do I Take Alli?

How Do I Take Alli? Alli comes in capsule form. It’s taken by mouth three times a day, either with a meal that contains a little bit of fat, or up to one hour afterward. If you eat a no-fat meal, your doctor may tell you to skip your dose. Never take more medicine than recommended.

How Do I Take Alli?

It’s important to follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet while taking this medication. If you eat a lot of fatty foods, even just one high-fat meal like a greasy burger, you’re more likely to have uncomfortable digestive side effects. Choose lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products. In general, no more than 30% of your calories at each meal should come from fat.

You’ll also need to take a daily multivitamin that contains vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta carotene while on this drug. The drug’s fat-blocking properties also make it more difficult for your body to absorb these fat-soluble vitamins. Do not take vitamins and Alli at the same time of the day.

One 60-milligram Alli pill is taken within an hour of a fat-containing meal up to three times a day. Daily fat intake should be distributed over the three main meals and should be no more than 30 percent of total calories. The manufacturer recommends a fat intake of about 15 grams a meal.

If you eat a meal that contains no fat, then you don’t need a dose of Alli. If you take Alli with a high-fat meal, you will likely experience more-severe gastrointestinal side effects.

Alli can reduce the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, including beta carotene and vitamins A, D, E and K. Take a multivitamin at bedtime and at least two hours after your last dose of Alli.

Does Alli have side effects?

The active ingredient in Alli, orlistat, causes gastrointestinal side effects related to undigested fats passing through your digestive system. They generally subside over time and with appropriate use of the medication. These side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Oily discharge from the anus
  • Gas with oily anal discharge
  • Oily stools
  • More-frequent bowel movements
  • Urgent or hard-to-control bowel movements

Other possible side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Upper respiratory infection

When shouldn’t you take Alli?

Before taking Alli, talk with your doctor about possible interactions with other medications, particularly if you take medications for any of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Seizures
  • HIV

It’s also important to check with your doctor if you’ve had:

  • Gallbladder problems
  • Kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Alli isn’t recommended if you:

  • Are at a healthy weight
  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Are taking cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, others)
  • Have problems already absorbing food
  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding

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