FDA Warns Weight Loss Drugs Xenical and Alli can Cause Severe Liver Damage


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned the public that those taking the drug orlistat for weight loss, marketed under the names of Xenical™ and Alli™, are at risk for serious injury to their liver and severe liver damage. Xenical is only available by prescription, but Alli is sold over-the-counter without a prescription.

Alli is heavily marketed, and Wynonna Judd was recently named as its spokesperson to avoid the notorious side effect of loss of bowel controls.

If you or a loved one is taking Xenical™ or Alli™, then you should watch for the symptoms of liver damage, i.e., itching, yellow eyes, yellow skin, dark urine, loss of appetite, and light-colored stools. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention for their health care provider.

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