FDA warns consumers to stop using Hydroxycut: one dead, 23 seriously ill

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The heavily marketed diet product line Hydroxycut has been blamed in the death of at least one person and for nearly two dozen serious ailments, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to warn consumers to immediately stop using the product line.

Some of the Hydroxcut products, which use a variety of herbal extracts, have been associated with serious liver injuries, the FDA said. The manufacturer, Iovate Health Sciences Inc. agreed to pull the products from the market. The Hydroxycut web site now only shows the recall information.

The one death was due to liver failure. The FDA reported other problems including seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and a type of muscle damage that could lead to kidney failure.

Although the FDA said the incidences of injury was "rare," the agency said it decided to tell consumers to avoid unneeded risks. Additional information about Hydroxycut is available from the FDA's web site.

"Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products," Dr. Linda Katz, interim chief medical officer of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in a statement.

If you have any of the products being recalled, you should return them to where they were purchased.
The following Hydroxycut products are included in the recall:

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

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