What is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Diet drugs that contain HCG are typically marketed in connection with a very low-calorie diet, typically around 500 calories per day. Many of these HCG products claim to “reset your metabolism,” change “abnormal eating patterns,” and cut 20 to 30 pounds in 4 to 5 weeks. FDA has approved HCG as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility and for other medical conditions; HCG is not approved for use without a prescription for weight-loss or any other purpose.
What’s the Problem?
Very low-calorie HCG diets are not only unhealthy but also dangerous, FDA says. People on such restrictive diets are at increased risk for serious side effects and even death.
“These products are marketed with incredible claims, and people think that if they’re losing weight, HCG must be working,” said Carolyn Becker, director of the Office of Unapproved Drugs and Labeling Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “But the data simply do not support this; any loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the HCG.”
HCG Side Effects
- Gallstone formation
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism
- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
- Growth of male breasts (gynecomastia)
- And more
What’s the Problem With Very Low-Calorie Diets?
Very low-calorie diets are sometimes prescribed by doctors to morbidly obese patients to lessen the risk of complications of their condition. However, even when prescribed in this capacity, very low-calorie diets require strict and constant medical supervision to ensure that side effects are not life-threatening. Without careful medical oversight, patients on these diets may not be getting enough vitamins, minerals, and protein.
“If you have HCG products for weight loss, quit using it, throw it out, and stop following the dieting instructions,” FDA said. “Talk to your health care professional about a safe and healthy weight loss plan for you.”
Do I Have an HCG Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in HCG Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.