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Weight-Loss Drugs Xenical and Alli (Orlistat) Linked to Liver Problems

Alli and Xenical, two forms of the anti-obesity and weight-loss drug orlistat, are now being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration after dozens of reports of users developing liver failure or liver disease.

Xenical is the prescription-strength form of orlistat made by Roche and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999. Alli, made by Roche, is the lower-dose, over-the-counter version of orlistat made by GlaxoSmithKline and approved for use in the United States in 2007. The drugs are often used by patients who have recently lost weight and want to avoid regaining the weight.

Both drugs are now under investigation for a link to liver failure and liver disease in dozens of users. From 1999 through October 2008, the FDA said it received 32 such reports from users of the two drugs, including six cases of liver failure and 27 cases in which patients required hospital treatment.

If you or a loved one has taken Alli or Xenical and suffered liver failure or liver disease, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. If a loved one has died as the result of taking either form of the drug orlistat, you and your family may qualify for damages to compensate you for the wrongful death. We speak to an aggressive, experienced personal injury attorney dedicated to helping people who are injured by Alli, Xenical, and other dangerous drugs. To schedule a free, confidential legal consultation, contact us today by calling 1(800)WE-FIGHT or completing the case inquiry form on this page.

Xenical and Alli Injuries and Side Effects

In addition to liver failure and liver disease, Xenical and Alli also have been associated with serious side effects and complications, including:

Xenical and Alli are often used along with with reduced-calorie and low-fat diets. They differ from most weight-loss drugs, which either boost metabolism or suppress appetite. Instead, Alli and Xenical prevent the digestive system from absorbing dietary fat, which reduces daily caloric intake and can limit weight gain.

Free Xenical or Alli Injury Legal Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered liver failure or liver disease after taking the weight-loss drugs Alli or Xenical, which are known generically as orlistat, you may have a right to be financially compensated. The FDA is now looking into more than two dozen reports of people who took the drugs and developed severe liver injuries. Our law firm is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about Xenical or Alli. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, Xenical and Alli legal consultation by completing the case evaluation form on the right side of this page or by calling 1-800-WE-FIGHT (1-800-933-4448).

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