Food and Drug Administration Says the Herbal Supplement Hydroxycut Causes Liver Damage | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The FDA issued a strong warning to consumers using the dietary supplement Hydroxycut. This warning comes after at least one death related to the supplement was reported.

The Food and Drug Administration has been unable to determine which specific ingredient is causing the liver damage as several Hydrocut products contain overlapping ingredients and herbal supplements. However, the FDA is positive that the dietary supplement has caused liver damage in at least 23 reported cases. The FDA issued a strong word of caution to any user of the supplement to discontinue use and seek medical attention immediately if they start experiencing symptoms of liver failure.

Professor Macary Marciniak of the University of North Carolina (NC) School of Pharmacy applauds the FDA for their response to the problem. According to Marciniak, “I think the FDA’s taking the appropriate steps, using strong language to make sure that consumers know not to use these products because we’re concerned with these report of liver injury and even one death with the use of Hydroxycut products.”

 The UNC professor isn’t the only one taking notice. After the warning was issued the makers of Hydroxycut; Iovate Health Sciences Inc. issued a recall for forteen of their products. These 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 and Hydroxycut Natural.

 If you are currently taking Hydroxycut or have taken the dietary supplement in the past and are experiencing any of the following symptoms please seek medical attention immediately; nausea, vomiting, light colored urine, stomach pain or itching.


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