Some Hydroxycut products have been associated with serious liver injuries and as such consumers should immediately stop taking these products.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 23 reports of liver injury, including jaundice and elevated liver enzymes. Other adverse reports include seizures, heart problems and rhabdomyolysis, another type of muscle damage.
Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements marketed for weight loss, fat burners, energy-enhancers and water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brands.
Below is a list of recalled Hydroxycut products:
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 Carb Control
* Not included in the recall are Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia.
Although rare, liver injury was reported by patients at doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice and brown urine. Other symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetitie, excessive fatigue, weakness, nausea and itching.
“The FDA urges consumers to 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.
Liver-related disorders have not been reported in all Hydroxycut products, but the company has agreed to recall all of the products listed above.
For more information and to report any adverse events related to Hydroxycut products, please visit the FDA Web site.#