Hydroxycut FDA Alert

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I can remember these ads of images of models stating how they got skinny in a short period of time that were displayed in most fashion magazines about Hydroxycut……probably sold a lot of dieting pills. A lot of folks who purchased Hydroxycut to lose weight quickly to fit into their bikini and bulk up their muscles should take a second look at the side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a consumer advisory about certain Hydroxycut-branded products. According to the advisory, the FDA has received 23 reports over more than seven years about consumers having experienced serious liver-related problems coinciding with the time they were taking Hydroxycut-branded products. The advisory states that, “Although the liver damage appears to be relatively rare, FDA believes consumers should not be exposed to unnecessary risk.” The Food and Drug Administration is warning you to stop using 14 varieties of the dietary supplement Hydroxycut. Dietary supplements aren’t as tightly regulated by the government as medications. Manufacturers don’t need to prove to the FDA that their products are safe and effective before they can sell them to consumers. But regulators monitor aftermarket reports for signs of trouble, and in recent years companies have been put under stricter requirements to alert the FDA when they learn of problems.

Dr. Linda Katz of the FDA’s food and nutrition division said the agency has received 23 reports of liver problems, including the death of a 19-year-old boy living in the Southwest. The teenager died in 2007, and the death was reported to the FDA this March.

The Food and Drug Administration said Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ont., has agreed to recall 14 Hydroxycut products. They are:

  • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets

  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets

  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets

  • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets

  • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets

  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets

  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)

  • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets

  • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots

  • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)

  • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed

  • Hydroxycut 24

  • Hydroxycut Carb Control

  • Hydroxycut Natural

Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall.

“The FDA urges consumers to discontinue use of Hydroxycut products in order to avoid any undue risk. Adverse events are rare, but exist,” said Dr. Linda Katz, interim chief medical officer of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Available in grocery stores and pharmacies, Hydroxycut is advertised as made from natural ingredients. At least nine million bottles were sold in the U.S. last year, the FDA said.

The FDA said it has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant.

Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

The liver injuries did not appear to be due to overdose. The FDA says the cases were reported by patients at the doses recommended on the Hydroxycut bottle.

“Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products,” the FDA warned.

Those symptoms include yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (called jaundice), and brown urine. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, light-coloured stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.

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