Alli Warnings and Precautions
Before you begin your weight loss plan with Alli, warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed. This includes talking with your healthcare provider if you have diabetes, a thyroid disorder, or a history of kidney stones. Alli warnings and precautions also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people with certain allergies.
Alli: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Alli™ (orlistat) if you have:
- A thyroid disorder
- Had an organ transplant
- A medical problem that decreases your ability to absorb food
- Gallbladder problems
- Had kidney stones in the past
- Had pancreatitis.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Alli Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Alli include the following:
- Although rare, cases of liver damage possibly associated with Alli use have been reported. It is unclear whether these cases were actually caused by Alli or other factors. Stop taking Alli and contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop any signs of liver problems, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual itching
- Yellow skin (jaundice) or eyes
- Dark urine or light-colored stool
- Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain).
- Alli can interact with a number of different medications (see Alli Drug Interactions).
- Alli interacts with certain blood-thinner medications. If you are taking one these medicines, talk to your healthcare provider before you take Alli.
- If you have diabetes or thyroid problems, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of your weight loss plans with Alli. As you lose weight, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your dose of diabetes medications or thyroid medications accordingly.
- It is possible that Alli could cause or worsen gallbladder problems, kidney stones, or pancreatitis. If you have these conditions, or if you have had them in the past, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Alli. Let him or her know if you experience severe, constant abdominal pain, which may be a sign of these problems.
- The manufacturer recommends that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding not use Alli (see Alli and Pregnancy and Alli and Breastfeeding).