Hydroxycut Recalls Fourteen Products after Serious Adverse Event Report
The manufacturer of Hydroxycut, the brand name associated with several dietary supplements used to help with weight loss, issued a voluntary recall after the FDA issued an advisory on May 1, 2009. The advisory stated the liver damage being caused appears to be relatively rare, but the FDA wanted to warn consumers of unnecessary risks associated with the supplement. The voluntary recall includes 14 Hydroxycut products including Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets, Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets, Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets, Hydroxycut Liquid Shots, Hydroxycut 24, and Hydroxycut Natural, and others.
Prior to the FDA advisory, the agency received 23 reports of liver-related problems and at least one reported death associated with Hydroxycut products. According to the FDA, at least nine million packages of Hydroxycut products were sold last year. The agency has not yet determined which ingredients, dosages, or other health-related factors may be associated with risks related to these products, which contain a variety of ingredients, including herbal extracts.
Side effects associated with Hydroxycut products include jaundice, nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite. More severe adverse reactions have included severe liver damage.
For more information about the FDA warning, see http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW02006.html
For more information about the Hydroxycut recall, see http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/iovate205_09.html