Hydroxycut Side Effects Injury Lawsuits. The lawyers and attorneys at our firm are offering free consultations to victims of Hydroxycut side effects. Hydroxycut products, a popular line of weight loss and fat burning supplements, have been linked to serious liver problems and other side effects. A variety of Hydroxycut products were recalled in May 2009, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to immediately stop taking the recalled supplements. At the time of the recall, Hydroxycut products had been implicated in at least one fatal case of liver damage.
Problems with Hydroxycut had been reported as much as seven years prior to the recall, yet consumers did not receive any notification of these side effects until May 2009. The Hydroxycut liver damage lawyers at our firm believe the manufacturer of these defective supplements was negligent, and failed to provide timely warning about their potential risks.
If you or someone you know suffered liver damage or any other side effect that you believe was the result of a Hydroxycut supplement, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact one of our Hydroxycut liver damage lawyers right away to protect your legal rights.
Hydroxycut Liver Damage
Hydroxycut products are marketed for weight-loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names. They are manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario Canada and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A., Inc. of Blasdell, NY. Hydroxycut products contain a variety of ingredients, including herbal extracts, chemicals and metals.
At the time of the Hydroxycut recall, the FDA said it had received 23 reports of liver problems in people who used Hydroxycut. In addition to one fatality linked to the product, the FDA said some of the Hydroxycut liver problems had resulted in the need for a liver transplant.
The injuries reported to the FDA occurred in persons between 21 and 51 years of age. No other cause for liver disease was identified. 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.
Based on the information available, the FDA said it could not determine exactly which ingredient or proprietary blends in Hydroxycut may be associated with liver injury. The agency also said it could not determine what other factors, such as health condition, length of use, dosage, or use along with other dietary supplements or drugs, may affect the risk of using Hydroxycut.
Liver injury, although rare, was reported by patients at the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle, the FDA said. 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.
According to the FDA, these symptoms have occurred while victims were taking Hydroxycut, as well as up to several months after some had stopped taking it. The agency cautioned that consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing any symptoms possibly associated with these products.
Other Hydroxycut Side Effects
The FDA also said it had learned of various other side effects linked to Hydroxycut supplements. Some Hydroxycut users have experienced seizures. Rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious problems, such as kidney failure, had also been reported. Finally, cardiovascular problems, ranging in severity from irregular heart beat to heart attack, have also been associated with Hydroxycut use.
While the FDA said such Hydroxycut side effects were rare, it is a well known fact that a large number of drug side effects are never reported to federal regulators. Our Hydroxycut liver damage lawyers believe these dangerous supplements may have injured far more people than what has been reported.
In its Hydroxycut health alert, the FDA said anyone taking the products could be at risk for liver damage or other side effects. Even people who had no pre-existing medical conditions have needed liver transplants after taking Hydroxycut. For that reason, the agency and Iovate issued a wide-scale recall of Hydroxycut products.
The Hydroxycut products subject to the recall include:
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 Carb Control
The FDA has warned consumers to stop using the above Hydroxycut products immediately. Consumers who have any of the products involved in the recall were advised to stop using them and to return them to the place of purchase.