Orlistat and Alli are two of the most popular diet pills prescribed for patients for weight loss. We would be looking at the two drugs, how they work, and the difference between them.
What is Orlistat?
Orlistat the name of a weight loss drug, and the active ingredient in most weight loss tablets, as a result, orlistat is the generic label for the medicine. Orlistat is a generic name and is also available over the counter.
Each capsule contains 120 mg of the active ingredient (orlistat) and is usually prescribed for people who are considered obese or overweight (having a BMI – Body Mass Index exceeding 30. Orlistat helps weight loss by preventing around a third of the fat you consume from being digested.
Normally, doctors prescribe orlistat to be taken with each main meal of the day (but not more than three tablets per day). The drug can either be taken before a meal, during the meal or within one hour of eating.
Orlistat alters the normal way in which fat is digested; so this means that if you skip a meal, or eat a meal with a fat content of zero, there would be no need to take the capsule.
What Is Alli?
Like Orlistat, Alli diet pills contain the base ingredient orlistat, only at a lower dose (60mg). Alli is also available over the counter, this means that you do not need a prescription from a doctor to buy them. However, it is always best to consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking any of the two.
Although Alli contains a lower dose of orlistat, it works the same way the higher dose works, so dieters who take Alli need to follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet and may experience the same side effects as patients taking the higher dose.
Some people should avoid orlistat, even at the lower dose. For example, women who are pregnant, patients with or recovering from end-stage renal disease or chronic kidney disease (CKD) should not take all. Consumers who take the heart medication amiodarone should speak to their doctor before choosing Alli.
Side-Effects of Orlistat and Alli
Because Orlistat and Alli work in the same way (having the same active ingredient), they both show similar side-effects. The most common side-effect of taking Orlistat or Alli is a change in stool and bowel habits. Because fat is removed through the stool, bowel movements can become loose and oily.
Doctors recommend that patients who take either Orlistat or Alli reduce the total calories gotten from fat to 30 percent or less. If you eat too much fat while taking the medication, the side effects can become more severe and can alter your everyday activity.
Orlistat or Alli?
Now we have considered the differences between Orlistat and Alli, which one is the better option for you? Alli prescribed for adult patients who have a BMI of 28 and higher, while Orlistat is prescribed for patients with a BMI of 30 and above.
The BMI of a person is not the only factor doctors consider when prescribing weight loss drugs, your personal circumstances, health history, weight, and lifestyle can play a significant role on which of these drugs would work better. We recommend that you consult your doctor or pharmacist when choosing orlistat 120mg.
Xenical vs Alli: Cost
Both drugs are easy to find in pharmacies, a 120 – pill pack of Alli costs somewhere around $60 – 70 (depending on your location) at your local drug store, while a 120 – pill pack of Orlistat may cost around $90 – 100. The branded orlistat (Xenical) may cost more than the regular orlistat.