Friday, June 01, 2007

Pretty Pills (?).....


People are always looking for "something for nothing" in terms of their appearence, but nothing in life is free.

In May, the FDA gave the green light to Glaxo Smith Kline to sell their weight-loss drug Alli over the counter.

Alli, in the form of Xenical or Orlistat, has bee around for awhile as a prescription drug. It works by blocking the absorption of fat in the small intestine so that about 30% of the fat you eat is passed through the body undigested.

When taken along with a low-fat diet, it has the potential to be a modestly useful drug for weight loss. It's success has been tempered by patient compliance with their diet producing "GI upset". Look for many people rushing out to try this medicine without a doctor's inservice to thereafter be running for the toilet frequently.

Rob

3 comments:

Lynoure Braakman said...

In Finland Alli is a very old fashioned woman's name. It's also a nickname for fat hanging from under the arm (from Ally McBeal).

Kelly said...

I just started pharmacy school and I love this picture, along with many of your other images. I was just wondering what sort of sources you had?

Dr. Rob Oliver said...

Kelly,

Google image search is where I start looking for something to "frame" a post with.