Hydroxycut and Bleeding
Recently recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Hydroxycut is a weight loss dietary supplement that claims to improve the potential for weight loss when paired with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise.
Hydroxycut, which is made by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. and MuscleTech, had been (up until the May 2009 recall) one of the most popular weight loss supplements in the U.S., as over one million units of Hydroxycut are sold in the U.S. annually.
Among the serious Hydroxycut side effects that led to the recall were:
- abnormal bleeding
- increased blood pressure
- liver damage
To date, about 23 people have reported to the FDA that they have developed severe health problems after using Hydroxycut products. One person, in 2007, died following the development of Hydroxycut-induced liver damage.
Anyone injured after using Hydroxycut will likely be entitled to a settlement by pursuing a Hydroxycut lawsuit.
Hydroxycut and Blood and Stool
Along with jaundice and abdominal pain, bloody stool is one of the primary symptoms of liver damage. Hydroxycut patients who notice blood in their stool should seek emergency medical care for a thorough exam.
To assess whether liver damage has occurred, doctors will perform the following diagnostic tests:
- blood tests
- biopsies (in which samples of liver tissue are extracted and closely examined)
- imaging tests (such as CT scans or MRIs)
If liver damage is found, treatments will depend on the level of damage present. Medications, surgery or liver transplants are typically among treatment options for Hydroxycut liver damage.
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding Associated with Hydroxycut Use
Some women taking a contraceptive pill have reported breakthrough bleeding (vaginal bleeding between menstruation) when using Hydroxycut. Although this may not indicate significant health problems, it's essential that these women see their doctors for a comprehensive exam to definitively rule out the presence of serious Hydroxycut side effects.
Hydroxycut Blood Pressure
Another serious side effect of Hydroxycut is hypertension, or increased blood pressure.
While elevated blood pressure levels aren't necessarily immediately life-threatening, if they persist for significant periods of time, they can lead to Hydroxycut heart problems, blood clots and, eventually, heart attack or stroke.
To date, no one has reported experiencing a heart attack or stroke after using Hydroxycut. However, this dietary supplement can increase patients' risk of developing these potentially fatal complications.
Individuals who have been injured after using Hydroxycut, as well as families of deceased Hydroxycut patients, should meet with an experienced Hydroxycut lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
During a free initial consultation, prospective plaintiffs can:
- Find out if they have a provable legal claim against Iovate Health Sciences Inc. or MuscleTech
- Learn more about the process of compiling and winning a Hydroxycut lawsuit
- Get estimates of possible settlement awards, based on awards granted in past Hydroxycut lawsuits similar to their own
- Get advice regarding whether to file an individual case or join a Hydroxycut class-action lawsuit, based on their needs and unique circumstances
As further encouragement to incite plaintiffs to follow through with their cases, Hydroxycut lawyers work on contingency so no payment for their services is due until or unless the case is won.
Have you or a loved one experienced abnormal bleeding or other Hydroxycut side effects? If so, contact us today to talk to an experienced Hydroxycut lawyer who can evaluate your claim and help you win the compensation you deserve.
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