Diet pills seem to be one of those really effective and fast way out to lose excess amount of weight. There is absolutely no dearth of diet pills available in market by different companies. Subsequently, a consumer is spoiled for choice and confused. The only way to ensure that you buy a reliable product is to research on it. Allow me help you with your research.
Alli or Xenical Diet Pills
Actually, there are people who are not acquainted with the fact that Xenical and Alli, both, fundamentally are the same. Let's take a look at these two in detail.
What is Xenical?
Marketed and branded by Roche Pharmaceuticals as a prescription drug, it is primarily, Orlistat. It is used to treat obesity as it is made that way. Orlistat is saturated derivative of lipstatin. It is a powerful natural inhibitor of pancreatic lipase and is isolated from a Gram-positive bacteria - Streptomyces toxytricini.
What is Alli?
Alli too is primarily Orlistat. However, it is a non-prescription drug. Approved by US Food and Drug Administration, this is the only over-the-counter diet pill or weight loss medication available. It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.
The Functioning of Xenical and Alli
Xenical reduces the amount of fat absorption from your diet. Pancreatic lipase, a type of enzyme, typically breaks down fat into smaller molecules. These are then absorbed in the digestive tract. It comes in the picture by binding lipase and inhibiting their activity. This contributes to reduction of fat absorption and leads to weight loss. Claims are such that it does not interact with carbohydrates or protein. Seemingly, Xenical is a stronger version of Alli, available only if there is a prescription.
Alli blocks an amount of the fat consumed from being absorbed. The ingredients or the substances in it attach themselves and regulate the process of breakage of fats and utilizing them later. It claims to block 25% of the fat you consume.
The most common effects of these weight loss and diet pills are fats not properly absorbed, diarrhea and frequent fecal urgency. In addition to that, the pills may lead to unpleasant effects like frequent flatulence, oily spotting, fatty and soft stool, and abdominal pain. The user manuals also clearly say that a person taking these pills should have low-fat and low-calorie food.
In case you are pregnant or are planning for a baby, or are breastfeeding, please let the health care provider know before you taking these pills. Also, tell your doctor if you have undergone organ transplant, diabetes, thyroid disorder, problem that decreases ability to absorb food, gallbladder problems, eating disorder like anorexia nervosa or bulimia, pancreatitis, or kidney stones.
This is where I sign off and close my treatise on the topic. Take care and speak to your health care provider before taking either of the pills.
Disclaimer: This NutriNeat article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.