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Hydravax Supplement Recalled After Diuretic Found

Dec 3, 2013

The distributor of a dietary supplement widely available in the U.S. has been forced to recall the item because it contains a prescription diuretic.

Including pharmaceutical-grade prescription drugs in dietary supplements and selling them on the retail market is illegal, and this diuretic is not included on any ingredients listed for the recalled Hydravax supplement. This forced IQ Formulations, Hydravax distributor, to issue a recall of the product this week.

IQ Formulations says the recall includes any 45-capsule bottles. The recall was issued after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said sample testing of a single Lot of Hydravax discovered the presence of the diuretic, IQ Formulations notes in its recall statement.

Based on our previous reports on recalled and dangerous dietary supplements, the FDA does not have jurisdiction over the growing dietary supplements market but has recently cracked down on this budding market due to a growing number of adverse events linked to some of these products. In many cases, the FDA gets involved with the maker of a dietary supplement when it is revealed that the product contains an undeclared agent, usually a prescription drug.

In this case, the prescription drug was a diuretic. Using diuretics can lead to water loss but if a person taking Hydravax were unaware of the presence of the diuretic and were taking another diuretic, they could experience numerous adverse reactions, including polyuria, nausea, vomiting, weakness, lassitude, fever, flushed face, and hyperactive deep tendon reflexes, according to the recall statement.

If an excess of a diuretic is taken, or a person overdoses on such a drug, the consequences could be more severe and range from hypotension to hypokalemia, hypochloremia, hyponatremia, dehydration, lethargy and gastrointestinal irritation, IQ Formulations noted in a statement.

There haven't been any reports of illness or other adverse reactions linked to Hydravax yet, the company reports. The supplement was sold nationwide in retail locations and through online sales. IQ Formulations says it receives Hydravax pre-made from another company before marketing and distributing the supplement.

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