Alli and Xenical Kidney Damage Side Effects
According to new research, there may be a risk of kidney problems from side effects of Xenical and Alli, two weight loss drugs that contain the active ingredient orlistat. The medications have previously been linked to a possible risk of serious liver side effects, raising serious concerns about whether the minimal weight-loss benefits justify the potential risk of potentially life-threatening organ damage.
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The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are evaluating the potential for Xenical and Alli lawsuits for individuals who have experienced kidney problems or liver damage after using either of these weight-loss products.
About 1 in 50 users of Xenical (orlistat 120mg) could expect to be hospitalized for kidney problems, according to Canadian researchers. This may also cause concern for users of Alli (orlistat 60mg), which is a lower dose version of Xenical that is sold over-the-counter.
The study, which was published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine, examined data on 953 users of Xenical in Canada and found that 2% were hospitalized for kidney damage over the last year, compared with only 0.5% for the rest of the population.
The researchers have cautioned that their findings don’t indicate a cause-and-effect link between Alli or Xenical and kidney damage, but they noted that there have been single-person case reports that suggested that the weight-loss drugs could cause oxalate-induced acute kidney injury.
These potential concerns about the risk of Alli or Xenical kidney problems come more than a year after the FDA indicated that it was beginning to investigate a potential risk of liver problems from Alli and Xenical side effects. In August 2009, the federal drug regulatory agency indicated that at least 13 reports of severe liver injury from Xenical had been received among users, including two of which resulted in death.
Last week, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA to issue an Alli and Xenical recall, saying the drugs appear to have potentially lethal side effects that negate any minimal weight loss health benefits.
ALLI LAWSUITS AND XENICAL LAWSUITS
While information is still being investigated regarding these potential Alli and Xenical problems, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential injury lawsuits for users of the medications. Free consultations and claim evaluations are being provided to help individuals determine whether they may be entitled to compensation through an Alli Lawsuit or Xenical lawsuit.