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Why can't people who have had gallbladder problems use alli?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Risk of gallstones

Rapid weight loss increases the risk of gallstones.
This is likely a reason for the recommendation against orlistat (alli or xenical) for weight loss in people with gallstones. There may be other reason also.

In brief: Risk of gallstones

Rapid weight loss increases the risk of gallstones.
This is likely a reason for the recommendation against orlistat (alli or xenical) for weight loss in people with gallstones. There may be other reason also.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. J Roberts
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Steatorrhea

Alli impairs fat absorption by blocking the pancreatic enzyme lipase.
Biliary disease, if there's excess bile in the intestine can cause steatorrhea (fecal loss of bile fats/salts). The increased loose stool production by Alli effects on biliary steatorrhea can quickly cause dehydration, electrolyte disorders, etc... There's no substitute for smart dieting and exercise...

In brief: Steatorrhea

Alli impairs fat absorption by blocking the pancreatic enzyme lipase.
Biliary disease, if there's excess bile in the intestine can cause steatorrhea (fecal loss of bile fats/salts). The increased loose stool production by Alli effects on biliary steatorrhea can quickly cause dehydration, electrolyte disorders, etc... There's no substitute for smart dieting and exercise...
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