FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Certain Dietary Supplements Labeled Hydroxycut. Potential Risk of Side Effects, Including Severe Liver Injury
In May 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health alert about Hydroxycut over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss products that have been found to cause serious side effects.
The FDA is advising consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury and other side effects associated with the use of Hydroxycut diet supplements distributed by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., Oakville, Ontario Canada and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A., Inc. of Blasdell, NY. The FDA is warning consumers to immediately stop use of the product.
Consumers who use a Hydroxycut dietary supplement and who experience signs of illness associated with liver disease or other side effects should immediately consult their health care provider.
Symptoms of serious liver disease include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Non-specific symptoms of liver disease can include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, unusual tiredness, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.
FDA has also identified several other serious adverse events associated with Hydroxycut, including cases of seizures, rhabdomyolysis (a type of muscle damage that can lead to other dangerous problems, such as kidney failure), and cardiovascular problems, ranging in severity from irregular heart beat to a heart attack.
Hydroxycut products bear the Iovate or Muscletech Brand name and are multi-ingredient dietary supplements marketed for weight loss, as fat burners, as energy enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and to promote water loss.
The following products have been recalled by the company:
Consumers who have these products are urged to stop using them.
FDA has received 23 reports of adverse liver effects in users of Hydroxycut products, ranging from asymptomatic blood liver enzyme changes, jaundice, liver damage, liver transplant, and death. In addition, we are aware of four case reports in the medical literature involving six patients who were diagnosed with serious liver disease and who had consumed Hydroxycut.
If you have been diagnosed with liver disease or another side effect after using Hydroxycut, complete the form below for a free review of your possible Hydroxycut lawsuit.
NOTE: Please keep the packaging and store receipts from your Hydroxycut purchase.
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