frequently asked questions

Other medications or medical conditions may mean that you can’t take alli

1Is alli suitable for everyone?

No.

There are some people who must not take alli because they have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medicines, or because they are not old enough. Do not take alli:

  • if you are under 18.
  • if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • if you are taking ciclosporin.
  • 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 may need to take care if they want to use alli because they have certain medical conditions:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

or because they are taking certain medicines:

  • amiodarone, e.g. Cordarone, for heart rhythm problems
  • acarbose or any other medicine for diabetes
  • any medicine for high blood pressure.
  • any medicine for high cholesterol.

2Is alli suitable for someone under 18 years of age?

No. alli is not to be used in those aged under 18 years. alli is used for weight loss in adults (18 years and over) who are overweight.

3Is alli suitable for the elderly?

alli is indicated for use by overweight consumers 18 years of age or older, including older adults. If you have specific issues or health concerns, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

4Can alli affect other medicines I’m taking?

Yes, alli may affect some medicines you have to take.

Do not take alli with any of these medicines:

  • ciclosporin, used after organ transplants, for severe rheumatoid arthritis and some severe skin conditions
  • warfarin or other medicines used to thin the blood.

Before you start to use alli, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

  • amiodarone for heart rhythm problems
  • acarbose for diabetes
  • any other medicine for diabetes.

Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of these medicines.

If you are taking any medicine for:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol,

mention that you are also taking alli to your doctor or pharmacist next time you get another prescription for or make a purchase of these medicines. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of these medicines.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about medicines you are taking.

5Is it OK if I take ciclosporin with alli?

No. Do not take alli with this medicine. Ciclosporin is a medicine that can be used after someone has had an organ transplant, severe rheumatoid arthrititis or certain severe skin conditions. You must not take alli if you are taking a medicine containing ciclosporin since alli can lower the levels of ciclosporin in the body. If you have any further questions about this, please check with your doctor.

6Is it OK if I take warfarin (or other oral anticoagulants) with alli?

No. Do not take alli with this medicine. Warfarin (or other oral anticoagulants) are used to thin the blood. You must not take alli if you are taking warfarin or other blood thinning medicines since your blood clotting function (INR; international normalized ratio) test result could change.
If you have any further questions about this, please check with your doctor.

7I have a problem with my liver called cholestasis. Is it OK for me to take alli?

alli® is not recommended if you suffer from cholestasis – which is a condition where bile flow is obstructed by gallstones and inflammation of the bile ducts. In the absence of bile juice, the body is not able to digest and absorb fats from the digestive tract.

You are advised to consult with your doctor for further information.

8I have problems absorbing food (chronic malabsorption syndrome). Is it OK for me to take alli?

No. Do not take alli if you have chronic malabsorption syndrome (problems in absorbing food). Some people may not absorb food properly for a variety of reasons. As a result, some of the nutrients in food cannot be absorbed.

If you have any further questions about this, please check with your doctor.

9Is it OK to take amiodarone with alli?

Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking alli if you are taking amiodarone. It is possible that the medicine in alli will interfere with the absorption of amiodarone into your body. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of amiodarone if you take alli.

10I’ve got diabetes. Can I still take alli?

Yes, you can take alli if you have diabetes. If you are taking a medicine for diabetes, please tell your doctor before you start to take alli. Your doctor may need to adjust your anti-diabetic medicine if you lose some weight. This is because losing weight can improve your blood sugar levels.

11Is it OK to take acarbose with alli?

Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking alli if you are taking acarbose. Acarbose is a medicine used to treat diabetes. If you have diabetes, you need to tell your doctor that you want to take alli before you start treatment.

12I’ve got high blood pressure. Can I still take alli?

Yes, you can take alli if you have high blood pressure. Please tell your doctor that you are using alli if you are using a medicine for high blood pressure. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of this medicine if you lose some weight. This is because losing weight can improve your blood pressure.

13I’ve got high cholesterol. Can I still take alli?

Yes, you can take alli if you have high cholesterol. Please tell your doctor that you are taking alli if you are using a medicine for high cholesterol. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of this medicine if you lose some weight. This is because losing weight can improve your cholesterol levels

14I’m taking the contraceptive pill. Is it OK for me to use alli?

Yes, you can take alli if you are on a contraceptive pill.

15I’m taking the contraceptive pill. What should I do if I get diarrhea?

The contraceptive pill may be less effective if you get severe diarrhea. Use an extra method of contraception if this happens.

16What should a woman do if she becomes pregnant while taking alli?

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding must not take alli. If a woman discovers that she is pregnant while taking alli, she should stop taking the capsules and talk to her doctor.

17Can I take antibiotics while taking alli?

Yes. There are no known drug interactions with antibiotics.

18What about taking alli with other weight loss treatments?

If you are taking a medicine called Xenical® from your doctor, do not use alli as well. Xenical and alli contain the same active ingredient (orlistat). You may be taking more than the recommended dose. Please check with your doctor.

If you are taking a medicine called sibutramine (Reductil®) from your doctor, check with your doctor about using alli as well.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about other weight loss treatments you are taking.