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FDA Warns Against Three More Weight Loss Pills

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is always busy evaluating and testing weight loss products in an ongoing battle to clear the store shelves and on-line stores of dangerous diet pills and weight loss supplements. On 22 December 2008, the FDA issued a press release containing 28 weight loss products to avoid. On the 8th of January 2009, the FDA expanded the list of tainted weight loss products to include 41 more dangerous weight loss pills. The last update to this list (now containing 72 products) was done on March 20, 2009 via press release. The FDA will continue to update this list on an ongoing basis.

New products are launched into this largely unregulated market on a daily basis, and it is obvious that there is no way the FDA will ever be able to test all the weight loss products on offer. This does not mean all diet pills commercially available are unsafe and / or ineffective. On the contrary, many of them can actually help you lose weight faster, but…..it is of the utmost importance that you make informed decisions when deciding to try new weight loss products. It is absolutely crucial to take responsibility for looking after your own health, so do not rely solely on FDA warning lists and double check promises made by vendors online. The only way to make informed decisions about weight loss pills is to understand which ingredients are contained in products you consider using, and then to explore the potential impact of these ingredients on your health.

Do your research on your next weight loss product thoroughly making use of the internet and any other sources of information you may have access too, for example your local pharmacist. With the overload of information available on the internet it is not always so easy to distinguish between good and bad advice, so choose a few websites (avoid those selling one product or product range) you can trust to help you make sense of the information out there. And get a second opinion every now and then just to make sure these sites are still trustworthy. If you are unable to find the necessary information, put in a request to one of your favorite sites to investigate the product for you, or choose something else that you can find information on.
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Weight Loss Products: FDA health warning against the use of Hydroxycut


On 1 May 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to the US public to immediately stop using fourteen Hydroxycut weight loss products; manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, New York. Hydroxycut products are marketed as fat burners, energy enhancers and low carb diet aids. The FDA reports that over 9 million of these products were sold in 2008. These products were widely available in grocery stores, health food stores and pharmacies. The reason for this warning issued by the FDA is that some of the Hydroxycut products specifically have been associated with a number of serious liver injuries and one death.

Twenty three incidents of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes (an indicator of potential liver injury), to liver damage requiring liver transplant have been reported to the FDA. One of the incidents described to the FDA was the death of a 19 year old man due to liver failure, apparently directly related to the use of Hydroxycut products. Some of the other serious health problems reportedly brought on by the use of these products include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

While these occurrences were rare, incidents of liver injury were reported even in cases where consumers were strictly adhering to the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice and brown urine. Jaundice patients also often notice a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. Other symptoms of liver injury include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.
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FDA Warning to Consumers – Tainted Weight Loss Pills

Losing weight is really difficult for most of us, so the appeal of both prescription and non-prescription weight loss products is totally understandable. Today there are so many weight loss products available on the market that it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand which products are safe and effective, and which are ineffective, or worse, very dangerous. It is not fair to write off all weight loss products and solutions as no good, as there are many products out there that can really make a big difference in your diet journey. But, and this is a big but, it is becoming more important than ever to do your research properly before you buy and use.
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