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What over-the-counter medicines are available to help me lose weight?

There are several over-the-counter medications that claim to help people lose weight. However, the only one shown to be effective thus far is Alli. This medication works by reducing absorption of dietary fat in the intestines. Side effects include loose stools, oily spotting, and a possible link to rare but serious liver injury. On average, people taking Alli lose 3 to 5 pounds per year in addition to weight loss that can be expected from diet and exercise. It is recommended that you discuss with your physician any plans to take over-the-counter weight-loss supplements.

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