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Information on Hydroxycut Max for Women

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Information on Hydroxycut Max for Women
Hydroxycut Max for Women put dieters' health at risk. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Hydroxycut Max for Women was one of the 14 Hydroxycut products recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration in May 2009. Since the recall, Hydroxycut Max for Women has been discontinued and replaced with a revised version of the product, Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Max for Women. The manufacturer claims the revised version provides similar weight-loss benefits sans the side effects and health risks; however, the FDA has yet to approve Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Max for Women. Consult with your health care adviser prior to ingesting weight-loss supplements.

Recommended Dosage

According to manufacturer instructions, consumers are advised to ingest one capsule prior to meals twice daily during the first three days. After the first three days, the dosage is increased to two capsules twice daily for another four days. After the four-day period had elapsed, consumers are instructed to consume three capsules twice daily for as long as necessary to achieve weight-loss goals. The capsules are to accompany a nutritious diet along with regular physical activity for optimal weight-loss.

Active Ingredients

The primary ingredients in Hydroxycut Max for Women that are purported to promote weight-loss include caffeine, the amino acids, L-alanine, L-threonine, L-isoleucine and L-serine, as well as the herbal ingredients, wild mint leaves, lady's mantle leaves and wild olive leaves. Experts believe that caffeine has the ability to increase metabolism by providing a boost in energy expenditure. Amino acids are essential for weight-loss as they are responsible for protein synthesis and muscular maintenance. Maintaining muscle mass helps to sustain a healthy metabolism. Furthermore, a study published in the May 2010 edition of "The Journal of Nutrition" reports that olive leaf extract may induce weight-loss.

Potential Side Effects

Another ingredient of Hydroxycut Max for Women is coenzyme Q10, otherwise known as coQ10. According to MayoClinic.com, coQ10 helps with cellular function; however, potential side effects associated with this ingredient include reduced blood-glucose levels and a decrease in blood pressure. Both conditions may result in dizziness, fatigue and light sensitivity. The caffeine content of Hydroxycut Max for Women may also induce sleep disorders, such as insomnia, as well as irritability, upset stomach, muscle tremors, heart palpitations and anxiety. Side effects are typically mild to moderate and usually subside once the dosage has been reduced.

Health Concerns

Aside from temporary side effects, Hydroxycut Max for Women may also have more severe and permanent health implications. The FDA reports that 23 individuals exhibited symptoms of liver malfunction, such as jaundice, elevated liver enzymes or liver damage requiring liver transplant. Liver failure, in extreme cases, may result in death. Another condition documented in Hydroxycut users is an ailment known as rhabdomyolysis, which is damage to muscle tissue that may result in additional health complications, such as kidney failure. Hydroxycut users have also been reported to have experienced seizures, which may lead to brain injury, bodily damage or death.

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