According to the Associated Press and other various news outlets, the Federal and Drug Administration has issued a warning to all consumers using the diet pill, Hydroxycut, to immediately discontinue use. It’s believed that use of this dietary supplement can result in serious liver damage and has even been linked to one death, which has led to a Hydroxycut recall. To date, 23 reports of liver damage have been linked to this product as well as the death of a teenager on the West Coast.
Use of the product can also result in less serious side effects, such as one’s skin turning yellow or one exhibiting full signs of jaundice.
The Hydroxycut diet pill makes up a majority of the diet pill market and is very popular among regular consumers, looking to shed a few pounds, as well as die hard body builders wishing to slim down and have their muscles look more “cut.”
The Canadian company which makes the dietary supplement is now recalling all 14 of its Hydroxycut products which are sold in drug stores and supermarkets nationally. According to various reports, up to 9 million of those products making up the Hydroxycut line were purchased by consumers last year.
Hydrocut Products That Are Being Recalled
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 has been largely marketed as a product composed of all natural ingredients, and because its composition has changed numerous times over the years, officials are having a tough time pinpointing what ingredient might be causing liver damage. One suspected chemical is hydroxycitric acid, an ingredient which is extracted from a tropical fruit.
Stores have already begun removing the popular diet pill from their shelves, and consumers who may have experienced any side effects are being encouraged to report their symptoms to the FDA via their website at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm.
As with any diet pills, consumers are being asked to exercise great caution in using any types of diet pills, or any over the counter supplement that encourages weight loss, since these types of products are not regulated closely by the government, and are typically not monitored by the FDA only until after they have been on the market for a while and have been used by consumers to ill effect.