The FDA urged people to stop taking the popular weight loss product Hydroxycut due to a link with liver damage and one death, according to The Virginian-Pilot. You should also be on the lookout for knockoff Hydroxycut supplements. These imitators can use the same ingredients which could lead to the same devastating health effects as the original Hydroxycut.
For example, there’s a product called Hydroxynol on the market which proudly proclaims it self to be identical to Hydroxycut. Clearly, you should avoid this product and others like it. The side effects associated with Hydroxycut usage include jaundice (i.e. yellowing of the skin), liver failure, and various other debilitating conditions.
In my over 20 years of experience as a personal injury attorney, I’ve dealt with numerous clients struggling with serious medical issues so I’m always concerned about the safety of products and supplements. It’s outrageous for companies to sell supposed “health” supplements without fully understanding the ramifications of their usage.
People are dying, or stricken with life-long health ailments, because they used Hydroxycut and supplements like it in the hopes of improving their bodies.
You might be asking yourself, “How could such volatile products like Hydroxycut and its diabolical imitators make it to the shelves of health stores and supermarkets?” Good question. The answer is the lack of adequate regulation over the dietary supplement industry.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 is the primary law that defines what exactly constitutes a dietary supplement and what types of claims manufacturers can make about health benefits, according to the AARP. Unfortunately, the law is not strong enough. These products are not reviewed for safety and efficacy by the federal government. In addition, if a product was on the market before the DSHEA was passed, the FDA can only take action once it has enough evidence to prove that a supplement is unsafe and/or harmful.
This means you, the consumer, need to be aware of what’s in the health products and supplements you’re purchasing.
If you’ve taken Hydroxycut in the past I strongly urge you to see your doctor. If you’re experiencing negative side effects, you should also consult an attorney.
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