Losing Weight Could Mean Losing Your Life?

Orlistat obesity drug, chemical structure. Atoms are represented as spheres with conventional color coding

Orlistat obesity drug, chemical structure. Atoms are represented as spheres with conventional color coding

There is a lot to be said about watching what you eat and perhaps going to the gym. Taking a drug or new pill is usually not the answer to being health anyways. Sometimes the damage prescription drugs and even off the shelf meds can have means a trip to the hospital, or worse, funeral parlor.

Take the case of some of the more notorious weight loss drugs. Marketed as drug brands Xenical and Alli, Orlistat has been linked to a series of medical issues that allegedly have affected users. The drug and its derivatives have become popular on the market.

Liver Damage and Blood Clotting Among the Risks of Orlistat Use

However, recent reports indicate that orlistat has caused serious issues, including liver damage and failure, damage to the kidneys, and blood clotting factors. According to Forbes, the drug could also affect other medications, including cancer treatment.

13 Reported Cases of Liver Damage

The FDA put out a warning in 2010 about the potential dangers of the drug and mandated a label change for customers to be apprised of the potential damage before they take it. However, it was available over the counter since 2007, potentially leaving consumers open for injury. There have been at least 13 cases of liver damage caused by the drug, with the real risk of other organ damage for those that take it.

Getting Legal Help for Internal Organ Damage

If you or a loved one took orlistat or one of its brand names and suffered weakness or organ damage, it may be due to manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline or a distributor not properly labeling the risks. Contact a lawyer today and ask for a free consultation if you think you have a case.