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Mary Shomon

FDA Orders Recall on Diet Aid Hydroxycut

By May 3, 2009

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Thyroid patients often turn to supplements to aid in weight loss, but if you are one of the millions of people using Hydroxycut products, you'll want to be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products because they are associated with a number of serious liver injuries. As a result, the manufacturer has recalled Hydroxycut products from the market.

According to the FDA's annoucement on Hydroxycut, "the FDA has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported to the FDA. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure."

The liver injuries were reported by patients taking Hydroxycut at the recommended dosages.

Symptoms of liver injury to watch for include the following:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes)
  • Brown urine
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light-colored stools
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
If you have been taking Hydroxycut's recalled products, and have any symptoms of liver problems, you should consult your doctor.

The list of products being recalled currently includes:

  • 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
Note, Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall. If you have any of these products, the FDA advises that you stop using them and return them to the place of purchase.

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