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Hydroxycut hepatotoxicity

N Nudrat Rashid and Jason Grant
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (3): 173-174.
Published online: 1 February 2010

To the Editor: Over-the-counter herbal supplements to promote weight loss have become increasingly popular. Several of these products contain potentially hepatotoxic substances. We present the first reported Australian case of acute hepatotoxicity associated with the weight-loss product Hydroxycut Hardcore (Iovate Health Sciences, Blasdell, NY, USA). Hydroxycut contains various ingredients, including extracts of the herbs Garcinia cambogia and Camelia sinesis (green tea root), and the chromium salt, chromium polynicotinate. A recent review cites these three ingredients as possible causes of Hydroxycut hepatotoxicity.1

  • N Nudrat Rashid1
  • Jason Grant2

  • 1 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Ryde Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: nuibui007@hotmail.com

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