If you’re using dietary supplements to lose fat as you shed layers of clothes this summer, steer clear of Hydroxcut to avoid severe and potentially fatal liver damage.

Several Hydroxycut products are being recalled, including its Hydroxycut Natural, Hydroxycut Carb Control and Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets, marketed as weight loss products, fat burners, energy-enhancers, and low-carb diet supplements. They're being  recalled by distributor Iovate Health Sciences.

Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration wrote a letter advising health care providers of potential harmful side effects of the supplement, which has been heavily advertised on television, online and in health magazines.  The agency says it received 23 reports of adverse effects linked to a variety of Hydroxycut products, including jaundice, liver damage and death.

The FDA says consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately and consult their health care provider if they have symptoms that might be associated with Hydroxycut products, including nausea, weakness or fatigue, fever, abdominal pain or change in skin color.

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Dietary supplements aren’t generally regulated by the FDA and don’t need its approval to be sold, but the safety of supplements already on the market is monitored by the agency.

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