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May 5, 2009

Weight Loss Drug Hydroxycut Recall Due to Serious Health Risks Associated With Use

A recall has been issued for the popular weight-loss products line Hydroxycut as federal drug regulators warn of reports of a death due to liver failure and other serious instances of health problems associated with its use.  hydroxycut.jpg

Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements marketed for weight loss as fat burners, energy-enhancers, low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 23 reports of significant adverse health effects.  The report includes the death of a 19-year-old man in 2007 as well as other serious liver problems including liver failure, jaundice, seizures, cardiovascular problems and liver damage resulting in a liver transplant.  The FDA warning states that symptoms of liver damage include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine.  Other symptoms include vomiting, nausea, excessive fatigue, weakness, light-colored stools, stomach or abdominal pain, itching and loss of appetite.   





The list of products being recalled by Iovate currently includes:

• 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


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