Hydroxycut: Weight Loss Supplement Carries Risk of Serious Liver Damage
On May 1, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had received 23 reports of people who had used Hydroxycut products and had suffered serious health problems. It warned all users of Hydroxycut products to stop using them immediately, and in its letter to healthcare professionals, it stated that “we believe (Hydroxycut) presents a serious public health risk.”
Hydroxycut is the name of a group of 14 non-prescription products sold as dietary supplements manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and its US distributor, Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y Hydroxycut is marketed as a weight loss aid, an energy-enhancer and fat burner, as a diet supplement for low carbohydrate diets, and for promoting fluid loss. Here is a list of the Hydroxycut products that Iovate has withdrawn:
- 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
In the face of the FDA’s warning, Iovate has agreed to immediately withdraw all Hydroxycut products from the market.
Users of Hydroxycut have reported jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, which are indicators of possible liver injury. Some users experienced liver damage so severe that they required a liver transplant. The FDA has received one report of the death of a Hydroxycut user due to liver failure.
In all of these cases, the users were using Hydroxycut according to the manufacturer’s instructions, at the dosages recommended on the product label.
Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice, in which the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow, as well as discolored, dark brown urine. Other symptoms of liver injury include excessive fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, itching, loss of appetite, light-colored stools, and stomach or abdominal pain.
Symptoms may occur while a person is using Hydroxycut. They can also occur over a period of several months after the person has stopped taking it.
Other health problems reported to the FDA by people who had taken Hydroxycut were cardiovascular disorders, seizures, and rhabdomyolysis, a very serious breakdown of muscle tissue that can result in kidney failure.
In its letter to health care professionals, the FDA stated that “we believe (Hydroxycut) presents a serious public health risk.” The full text of the FDA’s letter is published on its web site.
Hydroxycut is manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and its US distributor, Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y In the face of the FDA’s warning, Iovate has agreed to immediately withdraw all Hydroxycut products from the market.
Garcinia Cambogia – an herb from India’s Ayurvedic medicine. It keeps blood sugar levels normalized.
Green Tea – Has both the thermogenic qualities of caffeine and healthy antioxidants.
Gymnema sylvestre – another herb from southern India. It also keeps blood sugar levels at optimal levels.
Together, these combine to burn calories, increase your energy and control your appetite. Thus, allowing you to lose weight, keep it off, and feel better in the process.
There are a few different versions of Hydroxycut. Originally, this product contained Ephedra. But since Ephedra was banned, new formulas have come out. There are also version of Hydroxycut targeted for women and men. Plus “Hardcore” which is more for body-building.