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On May 1, 2009, popular weight loss supplement Hydroxycut was recalled after being linked to a number of patients with liver problems and other medical concerns.
Hydroxycut is sold in the United States without ephedra, and it is designed to boost a patient's metabolism while also reducing cravings for food. Doctors question the effectiveness of Hydroxycut, though some studies suggest that the supplement helps patients lose weight up to 4.5 faster than they would just through diet and exercise. In addition, Hydroxycut has been shown to be much more effective than a placebo.
The following 14 Hydroxycut products were involved in the recall:
- Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
- Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
- Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Capsules
- Hydroxycut Max Liquid Capsules
- 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 is made by Iovate Health Sciences and is used by millions of people. Based on the number of people taking Hydroxycut versus the number of incidents, Iovate says that the drug is still safe and the recall is precautionary. However, the FDA says that because this is a supplement and not a drug, it is harder to track the number of people who fall ill after using it. Liver damage is the most common problem associated with Hydroxycut, but other health concerns that have been reported include seizures, heart disease, and rhabdomyolysis (a type of muscle damage). Those with liver damage often experience jaundice, brown urine, vomiting, fatigue, stomach pain, itching, and appetite changes.Contact Our Hydroxycut Recall Lawyers Today »
Although the FDA urges consumers to stop using all Hydroxycut products, Iovate has only officially recalled the 14 listed above. Other Hydroxycut products and Hoodia products may also be unsafe. For more information about Hydroxycut, you should talk to your doctor, and if you feel you've been injured due to using this product, contact a Hydroxycut lawyer right away to learn more about your rights.