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Is it worth asking GP for 'Alli'? Please talk to me.

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Disenchanted3 Mon 26-Oct-09 14:07:42

I'm going to the GP this afternoon for an unrelated reason but have been thinking about bringing up my weight.

I'm really worried though as its a GP I've never met before (think its a man) and you never know what kind of attitude they will have towards it.

My DD is almost 1 and Im still over 2 stone over weight, its affecting me greatly especially menatally (Ive not gone to 2 MAJOR social events in the last month because of it) but have a bit of a food addiction but my dislike of my current figure isn't a great enough insentive to break my bad habits.

But if I was on the Alli pills I wouldn't have a choice, I would have to stick to it! And the thoguht of going back to the GP and them seeing if any weight had been lost would be a great incentive i think.

My NHS BMI is 30 and 'obese' so do you think they will allow me to have the tablets?

If they refuse on the NHS can I ask for a private prescription?

And how much are they?!

Stigaloid Mon 26-Oct-09 14:12:05

Why wouldn't you have a choice on Alli pills?

The only real way to lose weight is will power, time, patience and exercise. You start gradually, do a little more exercise each day, cut out one bad thing a week, and slowly, slowly the weight comes off. A pill won't make the difference.

i was obese when i was 18. ended up going the other way and was very underweight but returned to a normal helthy weight and have stayed that way over the last 16 years. The only thing that works is time, healthy eating (80% good/20% treats) and exercise.

Good luck

Disenchanted3 Mon 26-Oct-09 14:15:28

because if i ate fat you get the runs, so i would think 'oh hang on ... dont wanna collet the kids with poo running down my legs ... best stick to a salad'


I just mean, to me, it will feel like ive started somethhing officially and with the GP monitoring my weight whilst on them Im more likely to suceed.

I cylce for 1- . hours everyay an have no car so walk everywhere else - excercise isn't an issue.

PacificWerewolfwoohood Mon 26-Oct-09 14:18:31

Alli (60mg Orlistat) is available over the counter.

Xenical (120mg Orlistat) is prescription only. Here is more info about it.

Stigaloid Mon 26-Oct-09 14:19:09

Definitely speak to your GP. They may not prescribe pills but will happily provide a healthy diet plan for you and monitor your weight if you request it.

Good luck.

Disenchanted3 Mon 26-Oct-09 14:28:00

I wouldn't be able to afford it over the counter. The private prescription would depend on how many tablets they give you for the price of 1 prescription.

I may as well ask like you say, thanks

PacificWerewolfwoohood Mon 26-Oct-09 16:34:10

If you meet the criteria locally that entitle you to it, you should have it prescribed on the NHS. Ideally it should be part of a wider "weight management program", here that means automatic referral to dietician for dietary advice and regular weigh-in.
IME, it works, like you said yourself, when people who take it are so terrified of unpleasant sideeffects when they do NOT stick to a low fat diet that they stick to a good low fat intake and therefore lose weight. To be honest, my professional experience (GP) has not been great. I have never taken it myself (not too bothered about my flab wink).

Good luck to you, hope it works for you.

Disenchanted3 Mon 26-Oct-09 18:42:39

Said no.

Come back in 3 months

PacificWerewolfwoohood Mon 26-Oct-09 19:10:19


That's all I'm saying...

Stigaloid Thu 29-Oct-09 11:55:53

Did he/she arrange a diet plan with you? arrange to put you in touch with a dietician? if not - go back and ask to see another GP for a second opinion as even if they won't prescribe drugs they should certainly take your BMI into account and create a support system for you losing weight. Not tell you to go away and come back later. Def find a better dr and ask to be put in touch with a dietician.

EeyoreIsFab Sun 08-Nov-09 21:53:52

shock here too.

I went to my GP last week & brought up my weight issue. He was very helpful, booking my an appointment with dietician, advising me to get an exercise bike and prescribing 1 months of Orlistat. (I'm also in 'obese' range)

sowhatis Mon 09-Nov-09 16:43:51

What about Slimming World or WW ?? I think the Dr can give you something to give to them so its free to go??


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