Alli - Does it still work?

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i took Alli for about 18 months, about 7 years ago (2011?) it worked! I lost about 22 lbs, slowly.

inevitably, the weight is starting to go back on. I’ve therefore gone back on Alli. Tried various suppliers, but the result is the same with each one. Nothing happening at all!

Anyone else had this problem? Have I maybe built up an immunity?   Or has the formula changed?

Any advice welcome! 

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    Hi Purpleheather,

    I also lost around 3 stone on Orlistat about the same time as you.  It was prescribed by the doctor so was twice the strength of Alli which is sold over the counter.

    Since then the weight has been coming back on so about a year ago I bought some, using a private prescription, over the internet on a safe website.  However I found like you, that absolutely nothing happened as regards weight loss.  

    I do believe that the body builds up an immunity to the drug because, even the first time round, after about two years on Orlistat, I noticed weight had stopped shifting.  I doubt the ingredients would have changed as they were successful so that's the only conclusion I can come to.  I'm disappointed too. sad 

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      Yes, I’ve also bought Orlistat over the Internet. Same thing. Didn’t work. This time I bought Alli on-line from Lloyd’s Pharmacy, thinking maybe the other ones were perhaps fake. The other day I took 4! Just to test them out. Nothing!

      Dont know if you remember .... they were unavailable for a long time. Various stories went round, i.e. the factory burnt down, safety precautions etc. I am still suspicious that they may have changed the formula since then, because of negative feedback regarding side effects.

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      Yes I do remember that time. You could be right and they altered the formula. Although to move from what worked to what didn’t seems a bit like shooting  themselves in the foot from a business point of view.  To be honest though I think they stopped working for me before that happened. 
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    I'm glad it's not just me !!

    I was on Orlistat, through my doctor, about the same time as you and I lost 5 stone. Just over a year ago the weight started to creep back on and nothing I did would stop it or shift it.

    My doctor suggested going back on them, which I was happy with but in 3 months I've lost bearly 3 kilos.

    I suppose I should be happy I've lost something but i shall persevere and hope things change.

    Good luck ladies, I hope things change for you

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      That’s interesting! Obviously if your GP is prescribing them, they must be genuine. But, you HAVE lost some weight. I think I was losing it at that rate too, years ago, but I didn’t diet. Maybe you are dieting though?  You will know if it’s working by the side effects. (Orange coloured oily stools!)

      When I discovered Alli, I dreamt about never being fat again!

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    Hi I found the same I lost about 3-4 stone back in 2014 and I have gradually put the weight back on . I have tried orlistat again many times and alli too but nothing not even a pound ! I think they don’t work anymore do I’ve given up on them and just dieting and I got my new spin bike now 🤪 so hopefully i can loose it that way x

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      I’m giving up on mine now. I stopped taking them in 2014, as I suddenly lost a lot of weight, after my husband left me. So didn’t need them. So you would think 4 years later, they would work. Good for you - dieting and exercise! 
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    So, I still had some of the "old formula pills" and I recently started taking them again. Worked like the magic I remembered, awful side effects and all. I was down to my last three pills so I ordered again from Walgreens. I missed only one day in between- tonight I dreaded taking a pill because we had a fatty meal. It has now been 3 hours since I ate and NOTHING! No bloating no gas no oil... this is not the same formula no matter what they say!!!

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