The FDA had received 23 reports of liver damage ranging from jaundice to liver damage requiring liver transplant as well as one death that could be potentially be linked to the drug. Iovate Health Sciences Inc., an Ontario-based company and its US distributor Iovate Health Sciences USA voluntarily recalled 14 of its most popular Hydroxycut products (see complete list below).
The reporter injuries were from Hydroxycut products taken at the recommended levels. Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, brown urine, nausea, light-colored stool, fatigue, abdominal pain, itching, cardiovascular disorders and muscle damage. Linda Katz M.D., interim chief medical officer for FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition warned consumers to stop taking using the recalled Hydroxycut products. “Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products,” she said.
The FDA isn’t the only entity bringing bad news for Iovate. Since the FDA’s announcement, several law offices have sent out mass emails urging consumers of Hydroxycut products to join class-action lawsuits against the company.
However, not all Hydroxycut products are on the recall list. Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall. Consumers are urged to return all other Hydroxycut products to their place of purchase and report any adverse effects to their physician immediately.
Hydroxycut recall list:
- 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 24
- Hydroxycut Carb Control
- Hydroxycut Natural