Monday, May 4, 2009
FDA Warns Against Hydroxycut
Hydroxycut is the brand of a number of weight loss supplements that are sold in over 70 countries in the world and are taken by millions of Americans. Open most any magazine and you will see very compelling weight loss ads from Hydroxycut. It shows a men and women before and after using Hydroxycut products with six-pack abs and bikini ready figures. Hydroxycut is sold in grocery stores, pharmacies, GNC stores and over the internet. The company is based in Canada and has U.S. distributors near Buffalo, N.Y.
The Food and Drug Administration has warned dieters and body builders to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products because of 23 reports of liver problems, including one death of a teenager who died of liver disease after using the product. Another patient received a liver transplant and others are on the waiting list for a new liver.
The company that distributes Hydroxycut has voluntarily recalled 14 of its products after the announcement by the FDA.
The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements and manufacturers don't need to prove that their products or safe or effective before they sell them to consumers. The FDA relies on voluntary reports to detect any problems and many cases are never reported.
If you look at the ingredients in Hydroxycut (and many other supplements), they are filled with names that are meaningless to most physicians and patients. What is deanol bitartrate, Xanthinol nicotinate, Unula racemosa extract (root), Cridium monnieri extract (seed), cisus quadrangularis extract and about 17 others that sound the same? The consumer is advised to take 3 capsules with water two times daily before meals.
Now that the FDA has issued this advisory you can expect to see attorney ads replace the Hydroxycut ads. Within 24 hours, "The Orlando Firm" is willing to "Help Hydroxycut victims across America". That didn't take long, did it?
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 7:47 AM