Side effects of the weight loss supplement Hydroxycut SX-7 may include liver failure, a potentially fatal disease. For years, Hydroxycut users have reported suffering liver damage, but the manufacturers have failed to take adequate steps to protect the public or adequately warn of the potential health risk.
Free Hydroxycut SX-7 Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with liver failure after taking the dietary supplement Hydroxycut SX-7, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Hydroxycut and we can help.
What is Hydroxycut SX-7?
Hydroxycut SX-7 is a weight loss supplement that, according to the manufacturer, “contains 7 cutting-edge ingredients into one insane assault on your senses!” The product’s labeling lists myristica fragrans (nutmeg seed), salvia officinalis (sage), ecklonia cava (brown algae), caffeine, green coffee and yohimbe extract as its main ingredients. However, Hydroxycut SX-7 is classified as a dietary supplement, and as such is not required to prove that its ingredients are safe or effective prior to marketing. Hydroxycut products are manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario Canada and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A., Inc. of Blasdell, NY.
Does Hydroxycut Work?
Iovate markets Hydroxycut as “clinically proven” to help consumers “lose weight fast,” “without any unwanted side effects,” and that the products are “backed by science.” However, there is no clinical proof of these claims, and Hydroxycut products have actually been linked to liver problems and other side effects for years.
In May 2009, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recalled a variety of Hydroxycut supplements, warning consumers to immediately stop taking the recalled products. At the time of the recall, Hydroxycut had been linked to at least 23 reports of liver failure, including 1 death.
“The 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,” the agency said. “One death due to liver failure has been reported to the FDA.”
The Stages of Liver Disease
The liver helps fight infections, cleans the blood, breaks down food and stores energy. A healthy liver has the ability to grow back (regenerate) when it becomes damaged. However, anything that keeps the liver from doing its job — or from regenerating after an injury — may result in a life-threatening situation.
- Inflammation – In the early stages of liver disease, the organ may become inflamed, tender and enlarged. This indicates that the body is trying to fight an infection or heal an injury. However, if inflammation continues, it can begin to damage the liver permanently.
- Fibrosis – Over time, the inflamed liver starts to scar. Fibrosis occurs when excess scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue. Scar tissue cannot function as healthy tissue, nor can it keep blood from flowing through the liver. As a result, the healthy part of the liver has to work harder to perform its normal functions.
- Cirrhosis – When liver damages progresses to the point that it can no longer heal itself, it is called cirrhosis. This condition can cause numerous complications, including liver failure and liver cancer. Once a person has been diagnosed with cirrhosis, treatment focuses on keeping the condition from getting worse.
- Liver failure – Occurs when the liver is losing or has lost all of its function. This is a life-threatening situation, and requires immediate medical attention for the patient to survive. When liver failure is caused by cirrhosis, it usually means the liver has been failing for an extended period of time, possibly for years. This is referred to as chronic liver failure. Liver failure can also come on suddenly, in as little as 48 hours. This is called acute liver failure, and is typically caused by a reaction to poisoning or a drug overdose.
Liver Failure Symptoms
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Abdominal pain / swelling
- General sense of feeling unwell (malaise)
- Disorientation / confusion
If diagnosed early, liver failure caused by Hydroxycut SX-7 can be treated and its side effects reversed. Initial treatments aim at saving the portion of the liver that is still functioning. If no part of the organ can be salvaged, a liver transplant may be required. Fortunately, liver transplants are now common procedures that are usually successful.
Hydroxycut Side Effects
In addition to being linked to liver failure, Hydroxycut products have been associated with the following serious side effects:
- Rhabdomyolysis (muscle damage)
- Kidney failure
- Cardiovascular problems
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias)
Can I File a Hydroxycut SX-7 Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Iovate Health Sciences, the maker of Hydroxycut SX-7, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Hydroxycut SX-7, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Iovate failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of liver failure.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Hydroxycut SX-7, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your liver injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a Hydroxycut SX-7 Liver Failure Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Hydroxycut SX-7 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new liver failure cases in all 50 states.
Free Hydroxycut SX-7 Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed liver failure after using Hydroxycut SX-7, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Hydroxycut Liver Failure Suit and we can help.