(Closed) Has anyone taken Alli?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
198 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve not taken it, but my mom and aunt both have.  My aunt loves it, but she’s only noticed a few pounds gone (and it says for you to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly… so I think that might be where the weight loss actually comes from, but who knows).

My mom took it, and it caused, well, the side effects.  You do NOT want to take it and say, forget and go to the movies and eat movie theater popcorn with extra butter.  You will regret it, I promise!  But really, she noticed problems with any meals, even relatively healthy ones.

Post # 5
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The lady that used to watch my son tried it and she lost some weight, but i actually couldn’t tell at all.

Post # 6
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

My best friend took it for awhile back when we were in school.  She said that the side affects are HORRIBLE if you don’t follow the instructions carefully.  Otherwise, she seemed to like it.

I would consult with your dr before you take anything, though.  Some drugs just don’t work well for people.  I’m pretty sure alli is FDA approved, but that doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.

Try upping your fiber/water, and watch how much sodium you get in a day.  If you don’t get enough fiber/water and too much sodium, your body retains water, hence you feel fatter than you really are…. sucky, but at least that’s an easy thing to fix 🙂


Post # 7
25 posts

My boyfriend’s mother took it.  She says it didn’t help much because she eats healthily (fruits and veggies, whole wheats, few lean meats) and there’s nothing for it to stop from digesting/absorving.

This is what she told me, not what I know, so this is second-hand information.

Post # 8
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here’s some information from a clinical study that was done:


Patients treated with orlistat lost significantly more weight (7.08 plus or minus 0.54 kg and 7.94 plus or minus 0.57 kg for the 60 mg and the 120 mg orlistat groups respectively) than those for the placebo (4.14 plus or minus 0.56 kg) in year one (p < 0.001) and sustained more of this weight loss during year two.  

That’s less than 8.5 lbs more weight loss with the highest dose of medication that without any medication.  Honestly, to me that doesn’t seem like a really big amount (yes, it’s statistically significant, but if someone is truly overweight – which you are supposed to be to take this medication – less than 8.5 lbs more weight loss on average doesn’t really seem like a lot – at least to me).

I would highly recommend talking to your doctor before starting to take this medication (or begin really any diet plan).




Edit: Orlistat is just the generic name for Alli (there is no generic on the market yet though).

Post # 9
99 posts
Worker bee

I took it, and hated it.  Makes things… um… unpleasant would be a nice way to put it.  Think orange grease from the top of a pizza. No thanks, not again!


I also read somewhere that when taking the full dose, it only prevents something like 6 fat calories from being absorbed. Totally not worth it, just leave a bite left on your plate.

Post # 10
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used to work in a residential facility and one of my clients was taking it. He started having accidents all the time and ended up having to wear depends at all times. I’m not talking about incontinence either…

Post # 11
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve not taken it but have learned about it in school, so I just wanted to add a little info for anyone who’s interested. The reason why you MUST change your diet when you take this is because the way that Alli works is it prevents much of the fat in your food from being absorbed by your body. So, if you still eat foods with fat in them, and they don’t get absorbed, the need to be.. “expelled” in some way, which is why these people may experience what is referred to as “Alli Oops.” Of course, simply cutting out fat is not necessarily going to make you thinner, you still gain weight from sugars and carbs and pretty much any calories you take in that you don’t burn off. But a lot of people have had success with it, and as long as it is prescribed and used with the proper cautions, it should be effective.

Post # 12
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Don’t be fooled,sboston06. There’s no substitute for good old exercise and calorie restriction, which is still the best way to get your weight under control. Alli definitely not worth the nasty side effects–biggest one being ANAL LEAKAGE–for the questionable results. Good luck!

Post # 14
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I too was on Weight Watchers and unsatisfied with the speed of my loss. I took Alli and let’s just say it was swell until the first “treatment effect” hit me. Crapping your pants = fail.

Don’t do it 🙂 You’ve gone the right direction! 

Post # 15
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Miss Seamen is exactly right- orange grease from the top of pizza. 

Very embarassing when wearing white pants with a thong…

Post # 16
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Don’t do it! I’ve heard too much about the nasty side effects, and what can happen when you drive through and grab a burger because you’re in a hurry. Does not sound pleasant. I remember reading the side effects online, and being totally grossed out! 

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