New Diet Pill Alli to Soon Hit The Shelves

A diet pill that used to be available only by prescription will soon be offered over the counter. Eye on Health spoke with a local man who says he's skeptical but may try it anyway.

Henderson resident and publisher, Bob Maxwell has a goal. "This is probably the heaviest I've ever been at this point in my life. And my goal right now is to lose 40 pounds. It sounds like a lot. And I don't want to do it, but I need to do it for my health."

Maxwell says he may be among the first to try the diet pill Alli -- when it becomes available later this week. The diet pill is a reduced version of the prescription drug Xenical -- approved in 1999 to treat obesity.

A local dietician, Mary Wilson, said that Alli should be taken cautiously. It could cause a vitamin deficiency and should be taken with a multivitamin. And stay away from junk food if you're taking Alli. Otherwise, side effects could include diarrhea.

Maxwell knows that a diet pill is not a panacea for good health or for weight loss. And as the publisher of Diabetic Life Magazine, he works closely with local medical professionals to help others with weight problems achieve their goals.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it is, more than likely," said Maxwell. "There's not quick fix. You've got to put forth the effort in these things. If it was, there would be no challenge. You're going to have to work to get the body the way you want it to be."


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