FDA Issues Warning: Stop Using Hydroxycut

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In summary: I have no idea how many bottles of acetaminophen were sold, though.Tylenol sales are about $500 million a year alone...These are only specific cases that were traced beyond a doubt to the product. The number of people that were killed or have suffered damage due to this specific product could be staggering in proportion to the number of people that have taken it.
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WASHINGTON – Government health officials warned dieters and body builders Friday to immediately stop using Hydroxycut, a widely sold supplement linked to cases of serious liver damage and at least one death.

The Food and Drug Administration said the company that makes the dietary supplement has agreed to recall 14 Hydroxycut products. Available in grocery stores and pharmacies, Hydroxycut is advertised as made from natural ingredients. At least 9 million packages were sold last year, the FDA said...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090501/ap_on_he_me/us_med_diet_pill_recall
 
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OK. First, as someone who works out regularly and eats a balanced diet, I think it's ridiculous to expect a pill to make you healthy.

But come on...there were 9 million bottles sold, causing http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20090501/hydroxycut-recall-due-to-liver-injuries" .

How many liver failures are caused by acetaminophen...boldface to emphasize -

We determined the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of acetaminophen-induced ALF at 22 tertiary care centers in the United States. Detailed prospective data were gathered on 662 consecutive patients over a 6-year period fulfilling standard criteria for ALF (coagulopathy and encephalopathy), from which 275 (42%) were determined to result from acetaminophen liver injury. The annual percentage of acetaminophen-related ALF rose during the study from 28% in 1998 to 51% in 2003. Median dose ingested was 24 g (equivalent to 48 extra-strength tablets). Unintentional overdoses accounted for 131 (48%) cases, intentional (suicide attempts) 122 (44%), and 22 (8%) were of unknown intent.

http://acsresearch.swmed.edu/ALF/Articles/ALFLarson.pdf

I have no idea how many bottles of acetaminophen were sold, though.
 
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Tylenol sales are about $500 million a year alone...
 
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These are only specific cases that were traced beyond a doubt to the product. The number of people that were killed or have suffered damage due to this specific product could be staggering in proportion to the number of people that have taken it.

People should not be self medicating. There is no need for this product to exist.

Who remembers the Fen Phen fiasco?

I stopped taking acetominophen years ago because I drink alcohol, and the two can be a lethal cocktail for your liver.
 
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It's sad people feel like they need to resort to harmful products in order to be healthy.
 
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But come on...there were 9 million bottles sold, causing http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20090501/hydroxycut-recall-due-to-liver-injuries" .

How many liver failures are caused by acetaminophen...

The difference is when the injuries occur with proper use. Overdoses from not following package directions could happen with any medication, but if the medication causes damage when used as directed, then that's a bigger problem.
 
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What is Hydroxycut?

Hydroxycut is a weight loss supplement that contains a variety of ingredients, including caffeine, green tea extract, and other herbal extracts. It is marketed as a fat burner and appetite suppressant.

Why did the FDA issue a warning about Hydroxycut?

The FDA issued a warning about Hydroxycut after receiving reports of serious liver injuries and one death linked to the use of the supplement. The agency also found that some of the ingredients in Hydroxycut had not been properly studied for safety.

Is Hydroxycut safe?

The FDA has not declared Hydroxycut to be completely unsafe, but it has advised consumers to stop using the supplement due to the potential for serious liver damage. The manufacturer has since reformulated the product and the current version is considered safe for use.

What are the potential side effects of using Hydroxycut?

The most common side effects reported by users of Hydroxycut include nausea, vomiting, and other digestive issues. However, the more serious side effects, such as liver damage, have also been reported. It is important to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement.

Are there any other weight loss supplements that are safer than Hydroxycut?

There are many weight loss supplements on the market, and it is important to do thorough research and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement. Some supplements may have more scientific evidence to support their safety and effectiveness, such as green tea extract and conjugated linoleic acid.

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