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In order to understant the FDA's advisory on the Hydroxycut products, we have put together the following information on some of the more common questions people have regarding Hydroxycut and the recent product recall.
Q. Which Hydroxycut products are being recalled?
Q. Why are these products being recalled?
Q. What is Hydroxycut?
Q. How can I find out if other Hydroxycut products are being added to the recall?
Q. Can Hydroxycut make me sick?
Q. Are some people at higher risk than others?
Q. I've been taking Hydroxycut. Should I stop?
Q. If I just cut back my dose of Hydroxycut, will that reduce the risk that it could make me sick?
Q. What are the symptoms I should watch for if I have taken Hydroxycut?
Q. If I were going to have symptoms, how soon would they appear?
Q. What should I do if I develop these symptoms?
Q. I thought ephedra was banned. Does Hydroxycut contain ephedra, and could that be what caused the illnesses linked to Hydroxycut?
Q. Are any of the ingredients in Hydroxycut known to cause illness?
Q. I thought Hydroxycut contains natural ingredients. Doesn't that make it safe?
Q. I still have some Hydroxycut. What should I do with it?
Q. I read that potential problems with Hydroxycut were first reported seven years ago. Why has it taken FDA so long to notify the public?
Q. How can I lose weight safely?
A. Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements, marketed for weight loss and as fat burners, that bear the Iovate or Muscletech brand name. The products 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
A. Hydroxycut products have been associated with potential risk of severe liver injury. The FDA has received 23 reports of liver problems in people who used Hydroxycut, some of whom needed liver transplants, and one death has been reported. FDA has learned of several other serious problems that some Hydroxycut users have had, including seizures; rhabdomyolysis (a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious problems, such as kidney failure); and cardiovascular problems, ranging in severity from irregular heart beat to heart attack.
A. Hydroxycut products contain a variety of ingredients, including herbal extracts, chemicals and metals.
A. FDA will provide additional information in future Consumer Alerts, which will be posted on the FDA web site at FDA.gov
A. Although the serious liver problems experienced by some people after taking Hydroxycut appear to be rare, anyone taking Hydroxycut products could be at risk. For this reason, FDA recommends that all people stop using Hydroxycut weight loss products.
A. There is not sufficient medical evidence at this time to make a definitive statement on the risk of one segment of the population over another. It is, however, important to note that even people who had no preexisting medical conditions have needed liver transplants after taking Hydroxycut.
A. Yes. FDA recommends that all people stop using Hydroxycut weight loss products.
A. No. The amount of Hydroxycut that could cause illness is unknown. Liver injury occurred even when patients said they had taken the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle.
A. Symptoms of serious liver disease include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Other symptoms of liver disease might include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, unusual tiredness, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, or loss of appetite.
A. Symptoms could have occurred while you were taking Hydroxycut, or they could occur up to several months after you stopped taking it.
A. If you have the symptoms above or develop any other new symptoms after taking Hydroxycut, see your health care provider as soon as possible.
A. The company that makes Hydroxycut states that the current formula does not contain ephedra and that ephedra was removed from Hydroxycut products in 2004. The serious problems that have been occurring do not appear to be due to ephedra.
A. Based on the information that is available, FDA can't determine exactly which ingredient or blends of ingredients in Hydroxycut may be associated with liver injury, or what other factors may affect the risks associated with Hydroxycut. These other factors may include, for example, pre-existing medical conditions, length of time Hydroxycut has been used, or use of both Hydroxycut and other dietary supplements or drugs.
No. "Natural" ingredients don't necessarily mean that a product is safe. Many substances that come from nature can be toxic.
A. You should dispose of any Hydroxycut that you have.
A. Because liver-related problems associated with Hydroxycut were reported infrequently, several years elapsed before a clear relationship between Hydroxycut and liver disease became discernible. Now that the relationship has been established, FDA is notifying the public and health care providers. In addition, until 2004, Hydroxycut contained ephedra, which subsequently has been removed. It was thought that ephedra may have caused the liver-related problems, but following its removal from the Hydroxycut products, reports of illness continued.
A. The safest way to lose weight is to develop a weight-loss plan with your health care provider. To find out more about safe weight loss, visit the following web site offered by the National Institutes of Health: win.niddk.nih.gov.Contact Our Hydroxycut Recall Lawyers Today »