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:
- Thyroid disease
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiovascular disease
It’s also important to check with your doctor if you’ve had:
- Gallbladder problems
- Kidney stones
- 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
A weight-loss plan with diet, exercise and drug therapy is generally considered successful if you lose about 1 pound (0.5 kilogram) a week during the first month and have lost 5 percent or more of the pre-treatment body weight within one year.
If the treatment is successful, you are more likely to keep weight off or lose more weight if you continue with the diet, exercise and drug treatment plan.
Most weight loss with the medication occurs within the first few months. If you have adhered to the diet and exercise plan and have not lost at least 5 percent of your initial body weight within a few months, continuing the medication may be of little benefit.
If you haven’t lost 5 percent of your body weight within a year on the plan, discontinuing the drug would be a reasonable choice. The risks, side effects and cost associated with taking the medication likely override any potential benefit.
Alli isn’t an easy answer to weight loss. Losing weight and keeping it off require a commitment to eat a healthy diet and get regular physical activity.
Work with your doctor to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of Alli or any other weight-loss drugs. As a team, you and your doctor can create the right weight-loss plan for you.