I think everyone tried this very publicized supplement at one time or another. We are bombarded with commercials and ads in magazines as well as radio advertising. However, most people discontinued using this product when America was hit with the ephedrine scare. Unphased, Hydroxycut then released a new and improved formula with no ephedrine.
This strong “crack like” high that is achieved from this product was all put to a stop once the consumer realized that their was a definite “crash.” Without the pills you would be left sleeping for days!
Now their is one more reason for not taking this supplement. The FDA has recalled it based on 23 reports of liver damage and one death.
“Consumers are advised to discontinue use of Hydroxycut products and consult a physician or health care professional if they are experiencing any symptoms of liver injury, which can include jaundice and brown urine, nausea, vomiting as well as unusual tiredness, unexplained itching and loss of appetite,”said Dr. Linda Katz, interim chief medical officer at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at a Friday news conference.
“Although liver damage appears to be rare, FDA feels consumers should not be exposed to unnecessary risk,” Katz added.
The agency has received 23 reports of adverse liver effects including jaundice and liver damage severe enough to require organ transplant.Other individuals have experienced seizures, cardiovascular and other health problems. The medical literature also contains reports of liver issues in six patients taking Hydroxycut products.
Authorities do not yet know which ingredients are specifically associated with the problems.
The products being recalled are:
- 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
Iovate Health Sciences of Oakville, Ontario, Canada has agreed to recall all the products. The company reports that more than 9 million units of Hydroxycut products were sold in 2008 in health food stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.
“They are widespread,” said Vasilios Frankos, division director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, CFSAN, FDA.
Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not being recalled as they have no overlapping ingredients with the 14 other products (source).
We didn’t really need the FDA or this death to tell us that Hydroxycut was bad for us. However, this scare should keep others from purchasing the product for the first time. In my opinion, there are not strict enough laws when it comes to the supplement industry. I could name several other supplements that should be avoided and create the same symptoms that are mentioned above.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)