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FDA Tells Consumers to Stop Hydroxycut Use

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 11, 2009
The FDA is now warning consumers to stop using several Hydroxycut products because of their connection to serious liver problems. Iovate Health Sciences, the company that distributes the products, has agreed to remove them from the market.

Health problems reportedly due to Hydroxycut product use include jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, liver damage requiring a liver transplant, seizures, cardiovascular disorders and muscle damage, and they have also been linked to one person's death as a result of liver failure.

The 14 Hydroxcut products being recalled by the FDA include:

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

Ano Lobb, a public health researcher who was quoted in an AP article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, has studied the effects of Hydroxycut and other dietary supplements and believes that the ingredient hydroxycitric acid may be to blame, which has previously been linked to liver problems in at least one other medical journal study. Lobb also warns that there are probably many other dietary supplements still on the market that contain that same potentially dangerous ingredient.

Hydroxycut products are marketed as dietary supplements that assist weight loss, fat burning, energy and water loss. Anyone experiencing side effects from Hydroxycut products is asked to report them to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

Source: FDA.gov; May 1, 2009

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