Marketed as weight loss supplements, Hydroxycut - branded products have been in the recent news as they have been directly linked to serious injuries including liver failure, kidney damage and death. In fact, the makers of Hydroxycut, Iovate Health Sciences, issued a voluntary Hydroxycut recall May 1, 2009 following 23 reported injuries and one death linked to Hydroxycut use.
What is Hydroxycut?
Hydroxycut is the brand name of some of the top-selling weight loss products in America. Made by Iovate Health Sciences, Hydroxycut products are marketed as:
- Fat burners
- Energy enhancers
- Low carb diet aids
- Weight loss supplements
- Water loss supplements
Truth About Hydroxycut
Because it is no surprise that American consumers are in a constant search for a way to get skinny fast, manufacturers of dietary supplements have been competing to produce such a product. Iovate, for instance, tapped into the industry with the production of its line of Hydroxycut-branded products. While Hydroxycut weight loss products have been marketed as weight loss supplements, they have also been linked to serious injuries and death.
To date, there have been 23 reports of liver problems and one death among Hydroxycut users. In fact, Iovate issued a voluntary Hydroxycut recall after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised American consumers to stop using the weight loss products, May 1, 2009.
Hydroxycut Side Effects
The FDA advisory and Iovate recall were based on several reported injuries among Hydroxycut users. Some of the most serious Hydroxycut side effects include:
- Liver failure
- Kidney damage
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Rhabdomyolysis (muscle damage that has the potential to lead to other serious conditions including kidney failure)
Symptoms of Hydroxycut Side Effects
If you or a loved one has been using a Hydroxycut product, it is important to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of possible Hydroxycut side effects. Some of the more common symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Nausea, vomiting
- Light-colored stools
- Excessive fatigue
- Unexplained abdominal pain
- Chronis itching
- Loss of appetite
When to Take Hydroxycut?
According to the FDA, anyone who is currently taking Hydroxycut diet pills or other Hydroxycut products should discontinue use immediately — use of any Hydroxycut-branded products is not advised. Although the FDA did state that liver damage and serious injuries among Hydroxycut users are rare, it feels that because of the potential risk associated with the dietary supplements products, they should not be available to American consumers.
What Hydroxycut Ingredients Cause Harm?
While there have been several reports of Hydroxycut injuries, the FDA is still unsure which Hydroxycut ingredients are causing liver damage and other reported side effects.
Have You Suffered a Hydroxycut Injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death while taking a Hydroxycut-branded product, it is important to not only seek medical attention, but to also seek legal help from a qualified Hydroxycut lawyer.
A Hydroxycut attorney will evaluate your case and fight to recover the compensation you need to pay for medical costs, lost wages and other physical, emotional and financial damages.
For more information, please contact a Hydroxycut lawyer today.
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