Hydroxycut, a popular weight loss supplement, has now been recalled by the FDA due to its link with several liver injuries. Hydroxycut’s manufacturer has now recalled a total of 14 products, which are all marketed as fat-burners, diet aids, and energy boosters.
The FDA has received a total of 23 reports of people who have experienced adverse side effects including:
- Liver damage requiring a liver transplant
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Elevated lever enzymes (an indicator of potential liver injury)
In 2007, a young 19-year-old died of liver failure after using Hydroxycut. Now, consumers are urged to stop the use of Hydroxycut and to consult with their physician if they have experienced any of the side effects that could have been related to their use of Hydroxycut.
Liver injury symptoms that could be related to the use of Hydroxycut include:
- Brown urine
- Light-colored stools
- Excessive fatigue
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Loss of apetite
Hydroxycut contains many ingredients such as hydroxycitric acid, but the FDA has yet to figure out which ingredient causes the liver damage.