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The alli (orlistat 60 mg) program
The alli (orlistat 60 mg) program is a comprehensive approach to weight loss. Combining the only FDA approved, over-the-counter weight loss product, alli (orlistat 60 mg) , combined with an online action plan, the alli (orlistat 60 mg) program brings together effective medical therapy and strong behavioral support. The alli (orlistat 60 mg) program is designed to bridge the gap between weight loss medications and the patients' role in their own healthcare and weight loss objectives.
Patients and other healthcare professionals engage in honest discussions and share resources that enable both parties to better understand the complexities involved in weight reduction.
The alli starter pack
Inside the alli™ (orlistat 60 mg) starter pack you'll find:
- alli (orlistat 60 mg) weight loss capsules
The capsules are easy to swallow and are taken with each meal containing fat (up to 3 per day). They work in your digestive system to prevent about a quarter of the fat you eat from being absorbed.
- alli (orlistat 60 mg) Shuttle™
The Shuttle™ makes it easy to carry the alli (orlistat 60 mg) capsules so you can have them with you at every meal, wherever you go. It's also a great visual reminder to use the alli (orlistat 60 mg) capsules - and it keeps them from getting lost in your purse, gym bag, or briefcase. There's room in the Shuttle for your daily multivitamin, too.
- Handy reference booklets
The booklets to help you follow the alli (orlistat 60 mg) program. Check out the alli (orlistat 60 mg) "Read Me First Guide" with the keys to successful weight loss, the Welcome Guide, Companion Guide, Healthy Eating Guide, Calorie & Fat Counter, Daily Journal, and Quick Facts cards for the support you need to succeed with alli (orlistat 60 mg) .
- myalli (orlistat 60 mg) plan online guidance
Losing weight takes effort and commitment. That's why the alli (orlistat 60 mg) program includes an individually tailored online action plan. And it's free with your purchase of alli (orlistat 60 mg) . Following a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet is a great way to start with weight loss, but participating in the action plan can give you the added direction and practical advice you need to support your goal. And that support is available 24 hours a day.
Q. How does alli (orlistat 60 mg) work?
A. As part of an overall weight loss program, alli (orlistat 60 mg) works in conjunction with behavior modification to achieve a calorie balance that is both nutritionally sound and conducive to weight reduction.
alli (orlistat 60 mg) is the only OTC drug for weight loss that is FDA approved. It has a non-systemic mechanism of action. The unique molecular structure of alli (orlistat 60 mg) enables it to bind to and inactivate some GI lipases, which aid in the digestion of dietary fats (triglycerides). alli (orlistat 60 mg) binds to gastric and pancreatic lipases, blocking absorption of about 25% of consumed fat. Undigested fat is excreted from the body instead of turning into stored fat. The absorption of carbohydrates and proteins is not affected. alli (orlistat 60 mg) is not an appetite suppressant nor does it impact the heart or nervous system. It is minimally absorbed, and there is no residual effect once the drug is stopped.
Q. Who is the ideal candidate for alli (orlistat 60 mg) ?
A. Ideal candidates are individuals who are overweight and are motivated and ready to make lifestyle changes. They have realistic expectations for gradual, modest weight loss. These individuals are committed to a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet (no more than 15 grams of fat per meal) and eating smaller portions. An ideal candidate for alli (orlistat 60 mg) will read and follow the label directions. They understand that treatment effects (loose or more frequent stools that may be hard to control, an urgent need to go to the bathroom, gas with oily spotting) can occur if they eat too much fat in a meal while taking alli (orlistat 60 mg) . Lastly, these individuals will make the time to be more physically active.
Q. How is alli (orlistat 60 mg) different from other weight loss products available?
A. alli (orlistat 60 mg) is the only FDA approved, over-the-counter weight loss product. It combines a pill (alli (orlistat 60 mg) 60 mg orlistat) with an individually tailored, online action plan based on sound clinical practices and designed by nutritional and weight loss experts. alli (orlistat 60 mg) can help an individual achieve gradual and healthy weight loss and lose 50% more weight than dieting alone. It works in the digestive system, not the central nervous system, so it does not affect the heart or brain. Orlistat has an extensive clinical history and has been studied in more than 100 controlled clinical trials. Additionally, orlistat has been used in more than 25 million patient treatments in 145 countries worldwide.
Q. I remember the difficulties with prescription Xenical®; how will the experience with over-the-counter alli (orlistat 60 mg) be different?
Behavior Support programs are part of the foundation for successful weight loss. Xenical® provided a separate support program for patients known as Xenicare, which, at the time, was considered a comprehensive plan. But a lot has changed since the introduction of Xenical®, including consumer expectations, healthcare professional involvement within the weight loss category and consumer information utilization, namely, the sophistication of the Internet user. Applying learnings from Xenicare, our insights from consumers & healthcare professionals, and our understanding of current Internet usage, we have developed the alli (orlistat 60 mg) support program, called myalli (orlistat 60 mg) plan. The myalli (orlistat 60 mg) plan is an individually tailored support plan based on sound clinical practices and designed by nutrition and weight loss experts. It is free with the purchase of alli (orlistat 60 mg) . The myalli (orlistat 60 mg) plan.com is an extremely comprehensive online support program, including personalized online pages to view goals, check-ins with individualized feedback and advice, continuous follow-up and weekly monitoring, personalized emails on eating right/meal planning, guidance on treatment effects, online journal, menus and shopping lists, direct advice from clinical experts and a connection to a community of other alli (orlistat 60 mg) users. Research indicates that those who receive one-on-one counseling or online support may have a long-term advantage in successfully losing weight.
alli (orlistat 60 mg) is different than Xenical® because it offers informational materials with the actual product. The alli (orlistat 60 mg) starter pack includes over 200 pages of free in-pack materials to help guide individuals through the alli (orlistat 60 mg) program and set expectations for gradual weight loss, help them make healthy eating choices, monitor daily diets, and manage treatment effects. Eighty percent of patients found these materials to be very helpful. Overall, the alli (orlistat 60 mg) program offers unprecedented support and resources designed to help modify behavior by creating self-assessment and self-management skills. Assuming personal responsibility is integral to achieving sustainable weight loss.
Another difference when comparing alli (orlistat 60 mg) to Xenical® is the manageability and tolerability of GI events. In clinical studies, the 60-mg capsule of alli (orlistat 60 mg) demonstrated comparable efficacy and safety profiles to the 120-mg prescription capsule, but had a lower incidence of treatment effects, compared with the 120-mg dosage. Only a small percentage of trial subjects withdrew due to GI-AEs (5.4% on 120mg compared to only 3.2% on 60mg), further reinforcing the tolerability of the 60-mg dose. After 90 days of using alli (orlistat 60 mg) , 81% of study participants reported being satisfied or very satisfied with orlistat and 91% reported losing weight. In addition, alli (orlistat 60 mg) will tell consumers and HCPs alike that the likelihood of treatment effects is greater if individuals aren't committed to following a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet (no more than 15 grams of fat per meal) and eating smaller portions.
Learning from experience and developing self-assessment and self-improvement skills are the cornerstones of the alli (orlistat 60 mg) program. alli (orlistat 60 mg) is not a program for everyone; without a commitment to adopting healthy habits, patients will not achieve their weight loss goals.
Last reviewed on RxList: 6/20/2007
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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