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Hydroxycut linked to liver damage
Hydroxycut (released by Iovate and MuscleTech) is a dietary supplement marketed as a fat burner, energy enhancer and low-carb diet aid. The products contain a variety of ingredients and herbal extracts, chemicals and metals. At least 9 million packages were sold last year, mostly at grocery stores and pharmacies.
Injuries caused by Hydroxycut include liver damage, seizures, cardiovascular disorders (ranging from palpitations to heart attack), rhabdomyolysis (a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure) and death. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite. On May 1, 2009, the FDA issued a warning for consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products due to reports of liver damage and death. The FDA has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes (an indicator of potential liver injury) to liver damage requiring a liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported. Seizures, CV disorders, and rhabdomyolysis have also been reported.
Liver injury was reported by patients at the doses recommended on the bottle and occurred in patients between 21 and 51 years of age. In the majority of cases, no preexisting medical condition that would predispose the consumer to liver injury was identified. In some cases, discontinuation of Hydroxycut usage resulted in recovery of liver function.
As a result of the faulty design, serious injuries have occurred including:
- 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
If you or your loved one has suffered a Hydroxycut injury, contact us today. Submit the form to the right and we’ll let you know if you have a case and if we can represent you.