Hydroxycut Recall after FDA Warning to Stop Using the Diet Pill

hydroxycutFollowing the death of a 19-year-old male and 23 reports of liver damage, the FDA has stepped in to warn consumers to discontinue use of the popular diet pill Hydroxycut. Hydroxycut manufacturer Iovate Health Sciences has agreed to recall 14 products from the market as “an abundance of caution.”

From the FDA press release — The FDA has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported to the FDA. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

The teen’s death happened in 2007, and was only reported to the FDA in March 2009. Dr. Linda Katz of the FDA’s food and nutrition division said it has taken so long to bring this to the public’s attention because the cases were rare and the FDA has no authority over supplements (a government report in March 2009 called for higher supervision of supplements by the FDA). “Part of the problem is that the FDA looks at dietary supplements from a post-market perspective, and an isolated incident is often difficult to follow,” she said.

The FDA does not regulate supplements with the same authority it does pharmaceuticals. Producers do not have to have an FDA approval nor inspection of the products for safety or efficacy before being sold to consumers. “You really have to be careful about dietary supplements, especially weight-loss pills,” said Ano Lobb, who has studied Hydroxycut for Consumer Reports. “People believe that the FDA has verified that these products are at least safe and effective, and that’s really not the case. When you see fantastic claims — that’s generally what they are.”

The FDA does monitor aftermarket reports for health problems related to these supplements. A similar warning in 2004 regarding ephedra forced the government to enact a ban on the supplement ingredient following reports of heart attack and stroke.

This list of Hydroxycut products being recalled 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 24
Hydroxycut Carb Control
Hydroxycut Natural

Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall.

“The agency has not yet determined which ingredients, dosages, or other health-related factors may be associated with risks related to these Hydroxycut products. The products contain a variety of ingredients and herbal extracts,” per the FDA press release.

via FDA and Associated Press

68 Responses to Hydroxycut Recall after FDA Warning to Stop Using the Diet Pill

  1. tammy says:

    How many of the people reporting problems had pre existing medical conditions. known or unknown. I took hydroxycut max and it worked great and never had any probs. it’s just like when they recalled phen-phen. the people who had heart valve problems and heart attacks were overweight and already had compromised heart health. the bottle talls you to start on 1 pill and work your way up to 3 pills for a reason. to see how your body will react to it. The fda did the same thing with kava kava a couple of years ago because they said it caused liver damage. I took that for years too. I just had my physical and my liver is fine after taking hydroxycut and kava kava.

  2. jaymee says:

    this really stinks! I just found this product a few months ago..luckily i didnt take as prescribed, because I couldnt, my stomach cramped, i felt back pain and had slight symptoms of heart attack in nature. I am a healthy 34 yr. old woman, I truly thought that when they recalled this it was due to someone abusing it, I now realize I was wrong. What I did do was listen to my body though, and reduced it to just one a day or used it when I needed energy for work. I feel strongly that energy or vanity is NOT worth takin this drink! If you have had no side effects yet it is completely insane to continue to take this product until it does effect you and potentially altar the quality of your life forever.

  3. tammy says:

    maybe some people are confusing caffine overdose with heart attach symptoms. on the bottle it says ” be sure not to drink anything containing caffine such as coffee, soda or tea. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause stomach cramps, severe headachs and the feelling that you need to go poop.

  4. ashley says:

    I have taken hydroxycut for like 3 years of and on and i have no problems….does this mean i should quit taking it???? I have spent alot of money on the products as well am i going to get the money back that i spent because all the pills and drink packets “on recall”…

  5. Leslie says:

    I have taken this product for over 4 years now on and off maybe longer, and yes i have had my liver enzymes come back critically high at least 3 times and the doctors could not give me an answer to as to why . Since the recall I am speaking w/ my doctors to see if this is the cause. I have yellowing of the eyes, jaundice, elevated liver enzmyes, and i have a lot of right sided pain. If you are taking this product or any other diet product stop.

  6. Jenn says:

    I took Hydroxycut for only a few weeks, and the week after I stopped my entire body was sore. It was excruciating pain to try to sit up, reach for something, or even squeeze my hands. I couldn’t move or anything for that whole week, til I went to the doctor and got steriods. And even then, They couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

  7. Jessica says:

    Ive been taking the hydroxycut rapid release pills for about a month now and finished off a bottle, I’ve had no pains or any issues with it.
    Does that mean I’m okay, or will I have any health issues in the near future due to the product?

  8. kaiser says:

    Why take a product that increases your heartrate?

  9. ANITA says:

    i was taking the pills for a bit but i stoped due to seizure cativity wtf now the dmv has pulled my drivers licenes i cant drive i have to lil boys to take care of i am gunna sue!!!!!!!!dont take the pills

  10. Anthony says:

    I have been taking Hardcore for a while now, off and on. I have lost about 25 lbs. I really love the product, but did have some of the side effects. Will I have to worry about my health in the future?

  11. jason says:

    To James Groom….You are a complete and total moron. Who takes the stuff for THREE YEARS!!? You obviously didn’t read the label and directions for use. My guess is that you are just another grossly overweight person who is too lazy to lose weight the RIGHT way, so you pop these pills hoping for the easy way out. That is how people get messed up on this stuff. Learn to read, then do some research, and quit lookin for a lawsuit for your own stupidity. And most of all, if you’re going to leave comments, learn to spell!

  12. kimber says:

    I’ve been using Hydroxycut for over 15 years. I even used it when it still contained Ephedra. And I’ve never, yes, never had an issue. My liver enzymes were never elevated. But then again, I didn’t take 12 pills a day. I excercised and ate right and didn’t depend on just taking a hand full of pills to loose weight. Everyone’s metabolism is different, and everyone’s chemical composition is different. Diabetics can eat sugar, but since I’m not diabetic, I can. Some people are allergic to antibiotics or codine, others are not. So just because a few people have had a reaction to the ingredients in Hydroxycut, don’t freak out and assume your aches and pains are because you took it. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll see that it has the same things as cofee and multivitamins, just alot more of it. As with all things, just avoid excess and realize there’s no magic weight loss pill, you still have to excercise!

  13. Brett says:

    I have tried Hydroxycut in the past with zero results. The only supplements that worked were the ephedra based products or Clenbuterol which are now banned. I have used both drugs in the past with stellar results. Yes, they are known to cause health problems IF you do not use them correctly. Due to the people who don’t like to listen to the warnings on the labels and think the more they take the faster they will lose weight, we lost two excellent products. Now, we are stuck with drugs like Hydroyxcut that do not work and STILL leave you at risk of health problems.

  14. eric says:

    yea..
    ive been using hydroxycut for atleast 3 years on and off
    i use it when im in my “cut” cycle and dont use it when im in my “bulk” cycle
    ive had great results
    ive never had any of the side effects people mentioned
    but ive never been to the doctor to check out my liver
    too bad stupid people have to mess things up for the people who like the product

  15. Kerry says:

    I’ve been using Hydroxycut off and on for the last 6 to 7 years and I’ve never had any negative side effects. It goes back to common sense….don’t abuse anything ie. hydroxycut, tylenol, asprin, etc. and there might be minimum side effects if any. If you are noticing any problems then stop using it! Not everything is made for everyone. People need to take responsibility of their actions and shouldn’t try get money because they are not in tune with their body. Millions of people have taken Hydroxycut and it is one of the best selling supplements ever. But since there’s a death and some liver damage, it’s Muscle Tech’s fault. What a joke. I think the ratio of positive productivity to negative side effect is huge. Nobody ever complains about losing weight!

  16. Lady Jaz says:

    I stopped taking Hydroxycut after about 6 months. I was always jittery and restless. I didn’t sleep well. Now I am experiencing muscle cramps and weirdness in my nervous system.

  17. lell says:

    I agree with those who have posted their comments about people wanting Hydroxycut to be the miracle slimming pill. Many overdose on it think it would work faster. The sad truth is we have become an instant society. This only shows how gullible we are to fall for products that promise us instant gratification and we then pay the price for it (wealth and health)

  18. jay says:

    i’ve taken hydroxy cut off and on since 06 and now in 09 im having seizures and probably liver damage…i go see a sleep study doctor 2morrow if they rule out sleeping disorder it’s definitely them damn hydroxycut pills…they work but they kill ya

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