The dominant craze among people especially women to lose weight by other means than the time honoured principles of dieting and exercise, has produced a monstrous market for alternative approaches to weight loss. Now you simply have to eat all you want and then take some tablets and all your fat gets burnt and you retain that sexy shape that so allure the eyes of the beholder. But what we tend to forget that there is a heavy cost in wanting quick fixes to problems we have placed on ourselves by our own foolishness. All you have to is eating greedily, then swallow some pills and you are good as new. But what else have you traded on the ground of a miracle pill? Of course, many never take the time to find out what side effects are associated with what they swallow. Some of the top selling drugs include:   Lipovox, Ephedrasil, Hardcore Apidexin,  Myoffeine, Dieters Cheating Caps, Zalestrim, 7 Day Detox, SomnaSlim PM, Hydroxycut, and HoodiaGP57. All thse are what are selling like hot crust buns in the weight loss market, and 99% of those who purchase are women.

I recently heard that the weight loss drug called Hydroxycut is being sold in Nigeria, even at Shoprite. And what’s even more annoying is that it is sold at an exorbitant price. Meanwhile, here in the USA this drug has been recalled and the Food and Drug Administration is warning of how dangerous it is to the health of anyone who takes it. There have been several reports already of serious complications with the liver. Yet this killer of a drug is circulating freely in the Nigerian market. What is stated below is what I got of the FDA website regarding this drug:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y. Some Hydroxycut products are associated with a number of serious liver injuries. Iovate has agreed to recall Hydroxycut products from the market.

Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements that are marketed for weight loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names.

FDA has received 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. One death due to liver failure has been reported to the FDA.

Liver injury, although rare, was reported by patients at the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.

Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

FDA urges consumers to stop using Hydroxycut products in order to avoid any undue risk, says Linda Katz, M.D., interim chief medical officer of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “Adverse events are rare, but exist,” Katz says. “Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products.

The list of products being recalled by Iovate currently includes:

  • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
  • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
  • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
  • Hydroxycut 24
  • Hydroxycut Carb Control
  • Hydroxycut Natural

Although FDA has not received reports of serious liver-related adverse reactions for all Hydroxycut products, Iovate has agreed to recall all the products listed above. Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall.

Consumers who have these products are advised to stop using them and to return them to the place of purchase. The agency has not yet determined which ingredients, dosages, or other health-related factors may be associated with risks related to these Hydroxycut products. The products contain a variety of ingredients and herbal extracts.

Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of these products to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

FDA continues to investigate the potential relationship between Hydroxycut dietary supplements and liver injury or other potentially serious side effects.

So this is a call on NAFDAC  (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control) to please step in and clear the market of this dangerous drug, before we have several casualties on our hands, and before we attribute such deaths to demonic attack and witchcraft. After that, I think also those who are selling this drug must be apprehended for putting people in harms ways. There is no miracle to weight loss. You have to sweat and burn stuff by exercise, not by any quick fixes and short cuts.



  1. Eniola says:

    Didn’t even know this drug is available in naija. Hmm na wa o. Nigerians and our follow follow ways!! It’s high time we stop believing that anything that is imported is the best and stop looking for quick solutions(especially Women). Did you send this to NAFDAC? are they acting on it?

    • nikky says:

      The drug is available in Nigeria and i can attest to the fact that the side effects are terrible. my sister used it and the end result was disastrous… she had terrible migraine when she had to stop and the doctors had to place her on other drugs to help her.. seriously they should ban the drug, and women please do stay off it, the short term whao.. factor cannot be compared to the long term anguish.

      • Nike do you think this drug is still being sold in Nigeria? I would honestly like to know because if it is then I will like to write a letter to NAFDAC and copy any of the Newspapers so that it comes to public light.

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