According to a story in the LA Times, the Food and Drug Administration is recommending that consumers should immediately stop taking the dietary supplement product, Hydroxycut. The product is manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. The company has agreed to recall the product from the market.
Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements that are used as weight loss products, such as fat burners, energy enhancers, low carb diet aids, and water loss aids. The list of recalled products 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
To date, 23 consumers have reported serious liver problems related to Hydroxycut. One death due to liver failure has been reported (according to CNN.com a 19 year old died in 2007) and others have reported liver damage so severe that it required liver transplant. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice, brown urine, nausea, vomiting, light-colored stool, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach/abdominal pain, itching and loss of appetite.
Other health problems reported to the FDA include seizures, cardiovascular disorders, and rhambdomyolysis (muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure).