Dieters have been flocking to drugstores to pick up Alli, the first over-the-counter weight-loss pill to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, despite the scary warning: Stray too far from your low-fat diet and you just might poop your pants.
The drugâ€™s maker, GlaxoSmithKline, has been up front about the pillâ€™s side effects, suggesting that first timers wear dark pants or bring a change of clothes to work until they get used to the diet pillâ€™s potentially yucky consequences.
Still, it seems thereâ€™s no shortage of people willing to risk public humiliation to shed a few pounds. And even though pharmacist Miyuki Anderson, who works at a Bartell Drugs in Seattle, warns everyone who eyes the Alli display about the messy side effects, it doesnâ€™t stop most of them from buying the diet pill.
And some customer testimonials:
â€œ(I)â€™ve pooped my pants 3 times today, and sorry to get descriptive but it even leaked onto the couch at one point!â€ writes one user.
â€œ(Y)a know how when you start moving around in the morning ya pass a little gas. Well, I did and then went into the bathroom and to my horror I had an orange river of grease running down my leg.â€