Hydroxycut Liver Damage Timeline

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted May 27, 2009


Since Iovate Health Sciences issued a Hydroxcut recall on May 1, 2009, former users have understandably asked how long the manufacturer knew about the risk of liver damage and why they did not provide warnings. While we may only be able to guess about the answer to the second part of the question, documented reports of Hydroxycut liver damage in medical journals over the past four years clearly indicate that Iovate was well aware of the extent of the problems their product was causing.

Hydroxycut is an over-the-counter dietary supplement sold in a variety of different forms, such as Hydroxycut Max, Hydroxycut Hardcore and Hydroxycut 24, to name a few. The FDA pressured Iovate to recall Hydroxycut after they learned of at least 23 reports of severe liver problems, ranging from jaundice to complete liver failure requiring an organ transplant.

Unfortunately, a series of articles in medical journals foreshadowed the growing number of liver damage reports among Hydroxycut users, and Iovate continued to sell the dietary supplement without adequate warnings:

March 15, 2005: Two cases of acute liver injury were associated with Hydroxycut in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

October 2007: the American Journal of Gastroenterology detailed acute liver injuries suffered by a soldier deployed to Iraq after consuming Hydroxycut.

December 7, 2008: The World Journal of Gastroenterology links Hydroxycut with hepatoxicity.

February 2009: Digestive Diseases and Sciences publishes case report further detailing Hydroxycut and liver damage.

April 14, 2009: World Journal of Gastroenterology study indicates that six instances of liver injury, given the widespread use of Hydroxycut, “may underestimate the true incidence of hepatoxicity by several degrees of magnitude.”

May 1, 2009: FDA and Iovate issues a Hydroxycut recall, pulling all Hydroxycut products off the market.


The Hydroxycut recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits against Iovate throughout the United States for former users who have been diagnosed with:

  • Liver Damage
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Failure
  • Kidney Failure
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Death

To review a potential Hydroxycut liver damage lawsuit on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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