The FDA urges consumers to immediately discontinue use of Hydroxycut products in order to avoid any undue risk. Adverse events are rare, but exist. Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products," said Linda Katz, M.D., interim chief medical officer of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Hydroxycut is the brand name of America's top-selling weight-loss products and is manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences - a company that sells over 750 items in more than 70 countries. Hydroxycut products are marketed for weight-loss as fat burners, energy-enhancers, low-carb diet aids, and for water loss. Hydroxycut products account for nearly 90% of weight-loss supplements, and over nine million Hydroxycut packages were sold in 2008 through pharmacies and grocery stores.
The FDA has not yet determined which ingredients, dosages, or other health-related factors may be associated with Hydroxycut products and continues to investigate the relationship between Hydroxycut supplements and liver damage.
Symptoms of liver damage include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), brown urine, vomiting, excessive fatigue, stomach or abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Other health problems have also been reported from Hydroxycut usage, including seizures, cardiovascular disorders and rhabdomyolysis—a form of muscle damage that can cause kidney failure.
Although the FDA has not received reports of serious liver-related adverse reactions for all Hydroxycut products, Iovate has agreed to recall the following:
Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse side effects or product quality problems with the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm.
Dietary supplements, such as Hydroxycut, do not require FDA approval before they are marketed and are not monitored as closely as prescription medications. However, all drug manufacturers have a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the possible risks associated with their drug(s). If a manufacturer fails to do so, they can be held liable to injured consumers under a legal theory known as "products liability."
If you or someone you know use or have used Hydroxycut products, it is recommended to contact your physician immediately. If you have suffered injuries from using Hydroxycut, you may be entitled to compensation. A qualified Hydroxycut lawyer, as listed on this site, can provide a free consultation and case evaluation to discuss what legal options may be available to you. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay. Call to schedule a consultation today.
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