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MuscleTech Hydroxycut Sold to Bodybuilders: Is a Good Physique Worth Liver Damage?

One Man Dead As Result Of Liver Problems From MuscleTech

For the past seven years, MuscleTech Hydroxycut has been marketed in many forms: as health supplements, capsules, various formula mixes, weight loss pills, and sports enhancement supplements. Whereas Hydroxycut weight loss has received a lot of attention, a similar product was marketed extensively toward bodybuilders as well.

Many used the sports formula to help achieve their goals of gaining muscle mass without the risks associated with ephedra, which came under fire by the FDA in the early 2000s. The products were released with a variety of well-known but minor symptoms including dizziness, restlessness, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and lightheadedness. However, by 2009, reports of serious injury led the FDA to issue a stern warning in response. Subsequently all versions of the supplement were removed from the marketplace. However, there have still since been reports of possibly linked medical injury.

While adverse effects were widespread, the greatest cause for concern was the incidence of liver injuries among consumers. When a 19-year-old man died, the cause was ruled to be liver problems bought on by the use of MuscleTech Hydroxycut. Because athletes were known to use the products as fat burners, metabolism boosters, and performance enhancers, many are now concerned about the prevalence of reported health problems.

Though initial reports regarding the side effects were not as serious as the now-banned ephedrine supplements once found on the market, the evidence was convincing enough that the company, Iovate Health Sciences, removed all 14 versions of the formula available to the public. It was also recommended that anyone using them stop immediately. Some of the formulas removed included: regular rapid release caplets, caffeine-free rapid release caplets, hardcore liquid capsules, drinks, liquid shots, carb control, and max aqua shed.

Though initial signs can be subtle and are often overlooked by the victims or their doctors, damage caused often manifests as jaundice, the yellowing of the skin and eyes related to the destruction of the liver. Some individuals also reported lower levels in enzymes, and enough harm done to require a transplant. Other adverse effects reported included cardiovascular issues, seizures, and kidney injury resulting from rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a serious condition that causes the breakdown of skeletal muscle and can lead to severe kidney damage and failure.

While many users have requested information about which ingredients were causing the health issues, the FDA and Iovate have not been able to identify a specific culprit due to the long list of ingredients in the various versions available to the public. Anyone experiencing any of the side effects detailed above should consult with a doctor as soon as possible.

If you believe that you have suffered injury due to these products, it is wise to consider legal council. While liability lawsuits are a complicated business, seeking out the help of professionals will help you to understand your rights. These experts can also deduce if your experience is consistent with past or current suits, and will help you to determine a course of action from that point.

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