The FDA is warning consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products. Some Hydroxycut products are associated with a number of serious liver injuries. The manufacturer, Lovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville, Ontario has agreed to recall Hydroxycut from the market. Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements that are marketed for weight-loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names.
The FDA has received numerous reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes to liver damage requiring liver transplant. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis (a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure). The FDA continues to investigate the potential relationship between Hydroxycut dietary supplements and liver injury or other potentially serious side effects.
The list of products being recalled by Lovate 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 Carb Control
Consumers who have any of the products involved in the recall are advised to stop using them and to return them to the place of purchase. Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, fax (800-FDA-0178) or phone (800-FDA-1088).