Weight loss warning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/09

Weight loss warning

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The FDA is taking a hard look at two popular weight loss drugs, one a prescription and the other over the counter.  Apparently, since 1999, the agency has received over 32 reports of serious liver damage, even liver failure, in patients taking either prescription Xenical or Alli, which is available over the counter. 

Most of the patients reported jaundice, weakness and stomach pain, but six of them developed liver failures.  FDA officials are not telling Xenical and Alli users to stop taking the drugs, but they are emphasizing that if patients on Xenical or Alli experience any symptoms related to liver injury, they should talk to their doctor.

Again those symptoms include fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, or jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes or skin.

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