The Hydroxycut Recall

Weight loss drugs and supplements come and go from the shelves all the time. It can happen with any drug on the market – prescription or not. Hydroxycut was just one drug in the recent past that has been pulled. Hydroxycut was a supplement to help the dieter out with eating less and getting stubborn fat deposits off of the body (see Weight Loss Center’s review of Hydroxycut here: Hydroxycut Review). This was a natural supplement, not an FDA approved drug. While most people who used it did not have any problems, there were a few cases of people who reacted badly to it, and it was pulled from the market.

In May 2009 the FDA deemed all 14 Hydroxycut products unsafe for consumption following 23 reports of liver damage in users.

In May 2009 the FDA deemed all 14 Hydroxycut products unsafe for consumption following 23 reports of liver damage in users.

Hydroxycut was recalled after there were 23 different reports of people who took the supplement having liver-related problems. As with any type of drug or substance that goes through the body, it is filtered out by the liver. For some, the liver reacted badly and they became sick. Due to that, even though the numbers were very small in comparison to the number of people who took this supplement, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) issued an official warning about taking these weight loss products on May 1, 2009, in which they deem all 14 Hydroxycut products unsafe for consumption.

The Food and Drug Administration does not have any jurisdiction over things that are called ‘natural’ and that are sold as health ‘supplements’ therefore Hydroxycut did not have FDA approval before it came on the market. They rely on reports given to them voluntarily to determine if there may be a problem with any supplement. There were more than 14 or more different types of Hydroxycut on the market before it was deemed unsafe. Because the formula for the supplement was changed so many times, it was unclear which ingredient it was within the supplement that caused liver problems in a small percentage of users.

The typical problems associated with the use of Hydroxycut other than generalized liver damage are jaundice, seizure, and cardiovascular disorders. Some liver damage led to the need for a transplant. A young man (aged 19) died from taking the supplement. Those that still have some Hydroxycut and are still using it should stop, and should go to a doctor if symptoms of liver problems arise. These include jaundice (yellowing of the skin), extreme loss of appetite, brown urine, vomiting/nausea, pale stools, fatigue and excessive weakness, pain in the abdomen, and some skin dryness leading to itching.

Hydroxycut is an example of why some weight loss products that are labeled as non-prescription, natural, or as dietary supplements can be dangerous despite the fact that they may contain all-natural ingredients and do not require a prescription. There are many of these products that are safe, but some are not, which is why reading diet pill reviews is very helpful when considering a weight loss product. A general rule of thumb is to only take products that provide a public listing of ingredients. If you are taking a weight loss supplement and odd symptoms occur, see a doctor immediately and be sure to disclose the use of any supplement along with other medications when asked what you are taking.

Other Related Posts and Articles you May Find Interesting: “New Prescription Diet Pill – Vigabatrin Use For Weight Loss“, “Weight Loss with Fat Burners” and “Buying Diet Pills Online“.


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