Numerous media outlets are reporting that USP Labs, the manufacturer of the dietary supplement and popular diet pill, OxyELITE Pro has stopped nationwide distribution of its product following numerous cases of liver failure being linked to the supplement.
The FDA has advised consumers to stop using any dietary supplement that is labeled OxyELITE Pro as it investigates. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) are also looking into the possible link between OxyELITE and liver failure.
A total of 29 cases of liver failure and acute hepatitis have been reported in Hawaii over the last 6 months and all have been linked to dietary supplements. The CDC is looking into possible cases all across the country. 24 of the 29 cases have been linked to OxyELITE Pro. Eleven involve hospitalization with acute hepatitis, two cases have received liver transplants, and one person has died.
Symptoms of different types of hepatitis are similar and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice.
Earlier this year, the FDA warned consumers against taking supplements like OxyElite that contain dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, because DMAA was linked to severe illness and death. OxyELITE’s manufacturer released a statement assuring consumers that its product has not contained dimethylamylamine since early 2013 and assures consumers that its products are safe.
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