Hydroxycut

Hydroxycut isn't just one product. It's a family of dietary supplements sold without a prescription as weight loss aids.diet pill

The active ingredients in some Hydroxycut products include:

  • Papaya (Carica papya)
  • Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis)
  • Blackberry (Rubus fructicosus)
  • Amla extract (Phyllanthus emblica)
  • Saffron extract (Crocus sativus)

 

Some Hydroxycut products include a green coffee bean extract. And some Hydroxycut products include caffeine.

The Hydroxycut web site contains one small study that reports an average 10.9-pound weight loss in 50 overweight volunteers who took a green tea extract for 60 days that is used in some Hydroxycut products.

Does Hydroxycut Work?

The Hydroxycut web site contains one small study that reports an average 10.9-pound weight loss in 50 overweight volunteers who took a green tea extract for 60 days that is used in some Hydroxycut products.

 

Is Hydroxycut Safe?

Hydroxycut's maker, Iovate Health Sciences International, says it puts raw ingredients through extensive quality assurance procedures.

In 2009, Iovate recalled Hydroxycut after the FDA got reports of liver problems, seizures, and a muscle-damaging condition called rhabdomyolysis. Those products aren't on the market anymore, and Hydroxycut products no longer contain the ingredients that were in question.

Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show that their products are safe or effective before selling them.

The warnings on Hydroxycut labels say the products shouldn't be used by anyone under age 18, and to seek medical attention if any "unusual symptoms" occur.

The labels also advise users to consult a doctor before using Hydroxycut if they or a family member have ever been treated for or diagnosed with any medical condition.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 02, 2016

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