There Are So Many Ingredients In Hydroxycut It Is Difficult To Find The Dangerous One
On May 1, 2009, the FDA recommended that all consumers stop using Hydroxycut as a weight loss dietary supplement immediately. The advice was directly related to 23 reports of health problems and one reported death following the use of the product. The primary complaint among consumers was liver damage. In response, Iovate Health Sciences, the manufacturers, issued a voluntary recall of Hydroxycut. A total of 14 products have been recalled to date, including both caplet and liquid forms.
While the original included ephedra, now also banned, various products offered by Iovate contained a variety of herbal substitutes, such as:
• Chromium polynicotinate
• Hydroxycitric acid
• Gymnema sylvestre
• Green tea extract
Because there are so many ingredients in the various blends of Hydroxycut, health officials have not yet determined which are to blame for the various ailments reported by consumers. While the instance of liver damage is relatively low in comparison to the overall consumption of Hydroxycut--often cited in weight loss tips, and made popular with extensive advertising--the combination of these components have led to reports of a variety of health concerns. Reports include:
• Cardiovascular problems
Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but serious complication reported by some who have used the Hydroxycut caplets. Rhabdomyolysis is defined as the rapid degeneration of skeletal muscle, and can cause a series of problems including pain, weakness, and edema. As the muscles degenerate, proteins are released into the blood stream, which can lead to kidney damage or failure.
The known side effects are well documented. Those looking for rapid dieting results often experience the following:
• Increased blood pressure and heart rate
• Profuse sweating
• Decreased appetite
• Marked restlessness
The FDA's warning regarding the caplet indicated most of the individuals reporting problems had taken more than the recommended dosage.
Other symptoms included nausea, vomiting, light colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach and/or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite. Hydroxycut was available in a number of varieties, including Hydroxycut Hardcore, marketed to bodybuilders.
Anyone who believes they may have suffered injury due to using these products has been urged to seek legal help. With millions of users in the United States alone, the potential for related side effects and damage is high. In order to best understand the rights and regulations pertaining to such cases, it is advisable to consult with a team of lawyers well-versed in the practice of liability lawsuits. These professionals can help deduce if the details of the case are appropriate for legal action. While there have been many instances of settled lawsuits, lawyers and firms continue to evaluate and consider others.