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Watch out for counterfeit weight-loss drug Alli

With weight-loss drugs all the rage these days I thought this post to be especially important. This is in response to an older post about counterfeit drugs. They are out there – even with over-the-counter medications like Alli. Tests conducted by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline show that counterfeit versions of Alli do not contain the active ingredient orlistat but instead a controlled substance called sibutramine. Sibutramine should not be taken without a doctor’s supervision and monitoring. Some frequent side effects include dry mouth, paradoxically increased appetite, nausea, strange taste in mouth, upset stomach, constipation, trouble sleeping, dizziness, drowsiness, menstrual cramps/pain, headache, flushing, or joint/muscle pain.

Counterfeit Alli looks similar to the authentic product, however some notable differences occur with packaging.
1. Outer cardboard packaging missing a “Lot” code
2. Expiration date that includes the month, day and year – authentic Alli only includes month and year
3. Packaging in a plastic bottle that has a slightly taller and wider cap with coarser ribbing than genuine product
4. Plain foil inner safety seal under the plastic cap without any printed words – authentic Alli seal is printed with “SEALED for YOUR PROTECTION”
5. Contains larger capsules with a white powder instead of small white pellets

See FDA’s full report here including pictures.

Remember – be a conscientious consumer and watch out for counterfeit medication, it could have very adverse outcomes on your health.

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