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May 16, 2009 5:52 PM
Hydroxycut® Products Withdrawn From Market After FDA Consumer Advisory Warning

Jon L. Gelman  is investigating potential cases involving users of Hydroxycut® products who have experienced health problems that may include Rhabdomyolysis (muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure and other health problems), death, cardiovascular symptoms, hypertension, elevated liver enzymes that can indicate liver failure, kidney failure and seizures. 
 
If you would like to discuss Hydroxycut® cases, associate with us please contact attorney Jon L. Gelman  at jon@gelmans.cim  or +1 973-696-7900.

Supplement Recall
 
On May 1, 2009, the FDA issued a consumer advisory that warned consumers to stop using Hydroxycut® products immediately, citing 23 reports of serious health problems and one reported death associated with use of Hydroxycut® products. Reports of liver damage involved individuals taking the label's recommended dosage. Hydroxycut® products are distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. Iovate initiated a voluntary recall when it became aware that the FDA's safety assessment differed from its own analysis 
 
Although the reports of serious health problems do not apply to all Hydroxycut® products, Iovate has issued a recall for the following 14 items:
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

Supplement History
Hydroxycut® products are heavily advertised dietary supplements, energy enhancers and fat burners that are widely distributed and, according to the FDA, sold more than 9 million items in 2008. Although Hydroxycut® products contain a variety of ingredients and herbal extracts, the FDA has not identified the ingredients, dosages or other health-related factors that may be associated with an increased risk of liver damage and other health problems.
 
Related Injuries
 
Symptoms of liver damage and other health problems associated with Hydroxycut® use may include:
Jaundice (yellowing of skin or whites of the eyes)
Brown urine
Light-colored stools
Nausea or vomiting
Excessive fatigue and weakness
Stomach or abdominal pain
Itching
Loss of appetite
As the manufacturer of dietary supplements, Iovate is required by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to ensure product safety before placing it on the market, but the product does not undergo FDA approval. Once a product is on the market, the manufacturer must report adverse events to the FDA within 15 days.
 

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