Reformulated Diet Aid Still New On The Market
Soon after the FDA banned 14 of their Hydroxycut weight loss products, Iovate Health Sciences released a reformulated version called Hydroxycut Advanced. However, this reincarnation is not the same as the original, even though it claims similar results to the banned formula, including rapid fat-loss. According to the FDA, “All of the product's herbal ingredients and extracts have been replaced in the new formulation."
This version been re-branded with a particular emphasis on its antioxidant qualities, and it contains various ingredients that have made headlines for their benefits, such as acai, pomegranate, blueberry, goji, and acerola. However, there is still enough caffeine in the formula to warrant the same warning, which instructs consumers to restrict consumption of caffeinated beverages during use.
Released in July 2009, Hydroxycut Advanced was made available to the public in response to the extensive recall of May 2009. The original came under fire after dozens of people reported liver problems, hepatitis, jaundice, cardiovascular complications, seizures, and rhabdomyolysis. It was also connected to the death of one man who suffered extreme liver damage. Other, milder side effects included:
• Increased blood pressure and heart rate
• Profuse sweating
• Loss of appetite
• Marked restlessness
After the FDA issued its warning, Iovate Health Systems recalled a total of 14 products that were on the market at the time. Millions of Americans used these for the seven years they were available, and they had many supporters. The glossy marketing campaign made the capsules a household name.
While Hydroxycut Advanced and its Max counterpart have only been on the market for a short amount of time, some consumers are concerned. Due to the wide variety of ingredients and extracts in the original supplement, including hydroxycitric acid, no one culprit was found to blame in regards to the adverse side effects and injuries experienced by some consumers. But even with an entirely new version, consumers have still reported instances of:
• Increased depression
• Anxiety attacks
• Chest pains
• Increased sweating
There have been no reports yet of liver damage, but many websites dedicated to reviews are hesitant to endorse the reformulation due to its limited time on the market. The new packaging mimics the look and feel of previous products, with many consumers expecting the same results in spite of the new formula. The original was marketed primarily to women looking for diet aids, while the new release has a broader appeal. They are available in capsule and powdered drink forms. Each contains: hydroxypropy cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyvinylpyrrolidone, croscarmellose sodium (sodium chloride, sodium glycolate), vegetable stearine, magnesium stearate, coating (polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, talc), silica, acesulfame-potassium, maltodextrin, and propylene oxide.
If you believe that Hydroxycut Advanced or Max has caused unusual symptoms, it is important that you contact a law firm. There may be a pending lawsuit regarding the pill that you are unaware of. Seeking legal advice is essential to determine if your case should be pursued.
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