FDA warns consumers to beware of counterfeit Alli sold on internet sites

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid purchasing fake Alli sold to consumers over the internet, especially on online auction sites. Allis is a over-the-counter weight-loss drug containing orlistat as an active ingredient.

The counterfeit drug does not contain orlistat but instead sibutramine which is a stimulant medication. While sibutramine is an FDA-approved weight loss drug, the amount contained in the fake Alli is three times the recommended dose and can cause anxiety, nausea, heart palpitations, racing heart (tachycardia), insomnia and increases in blood pressure. In increased amounts, patients are three times at risk for heart attack or stroke.

See the FDA web-site for photos and information which will help you identify the differences between the authentic Alli and the counterfeit medication. If you believe your Alli is counterfeit, stop taking it and call the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) at 1-800-551-3989.

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