The new diet drug Alli, produced by GlaxoSmithKline, is selling fast. As you’ve probably seen in the news, it’s the first FDA-approved OTC weight-loss pill.

What’s interesting to me is that Alli’s embarrassing side effects have done little to dissuade potential users from buying the product.

Glaxo says to expect “gas with oily spotting” and “more frequent stools that may be hard to control.” Glaxo also says that it is just “the excess fat that passes out of your body and is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza.”

TMI, dudes.

Then there’s this helpful tip from the drug’s official Web site:

“It’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work.”

A commenter on the Wired Science blog provided his own characterization:

Lemme tell ya what! I tried this product when it was a prescription, Xenical…yeah… after a dash into a public bathroom, having to throw away my underwear, and then a dash home – that cured me of taking it again! “Oily discharge” is an understatement; I guess if you could call what happened to the Exxon Valdez an “oily discharge” then you would be on target! I will be curious to see how many people buy this a second time……

 

3 Responses to Glaxo’s Alli: An Exxon Valdez in your pants

  1. Jen Morris says:

    Glaxo’s comparison with oil on top of a pizza is false advertising. Be real – do you think golden pale oil with no ‘dark matter’ (sorry, Big Bang physics guys, this is ‘physick’ as in ‘sick’) will emerge from the nether regions where the sun don’t shine?

    You won’t dare take publick transport – not even if it has a loo on every other car. And who will want to sit next to fat passengers who might be taking Alli?

    On a plane taking off with seat belt fastened and every seat in the plane filled? What are the odds that you will be the only person taking Alli? The smell will fill the compartment – and your hapless companions with disgust. There will have to be separate Alli-free compartments set up.

    Along with that “anal leakage” everything else you ever ate in all stages of digestion will shoot out with explosive force.

    No more thong underwear! Forget about Speedos. Boxers? No protection for anyone within a meter of you in a 180-degree circle . . . the Axis of Alli!

    Where’s Benny Hill when you need him? Will Letterman take on the Dark Force of Alli? Will Karl Rove become a recluse until that slimy porker slims down?

    No more tennis whites for you! No white tie and tails.

    No more all-night stakeouts for tubby detectives, no Star Trek marathons for the gerries, no Sopranos back-to-back reruns for the rest of you.

    Think of this as a public service announcement.

    In the meantime, get off my white upholstery.

  2. Lisa says:

    I’m taking ALLI! I had one bad experience and I haven’t over indulged in fatty foods since! It really makes you stop and think about what you are eating, and if it’s goin to do that, then I’ll take it!

    I haven’t completely stopped eating fat, I just do it in moderation and I haven’t had any problems.

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