Hydroxycut Dietary Supplements Recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Hydroxycut, the popular brand of dietary supplements taken by millions of people to lose weight and build muscle, was recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 1, 2009. The products have been found to cause severe liver damage and in at least one case, liver failure causing the death of a person taking Hydroxycut. At least 23 people that have used the recommended doses of Hydroxycut have reported suffering severe liver damage and other injuries such as seizures, cardiovascular disorders and rhabdomyolysis, a severe form of muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure.
Hydroxycut products came in powders, pills, and other forms and were sold across the United States at fitness retail stores, such as GNC, Rite-Aid, Vitamin World, Vitamin Shop, Bally Total Fitness and other outlets. The products are not classified as drugs, and as such, have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. The FDA urges consumers to discontinue use of Hydroxycut products in order to avoid any undue risk. Adverse events are rare, but exist. Consumers should consult a physician or other health care rofessional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products,” said Linda Katz, M.D., interim chief medical officer of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Hydroxycut products were used by consumers to:
- Build muscle
- Lose weight
- Burn fat
- Enhance energy and alertness
- Supplement low-carbohydrate diets
- Reduce water weight
The list of products being recalled 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
If you have taken Hydroxycut dietary supplements, you may be at increased risk of suffering life-threatening liver damage or other injuries. You may have legal rights to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. If a loved one has died as a result of taking Hydroxycut, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation for the wrongful death.