Over the counter HCG weight loss products have caused a sensation yet have not been proven either safe or effective by the FDA.
The startling and drastic weight loss experienced by users have caused high demand for the products which are selling on-line and in drug stores. The manufacturing of these products, however, are not regulated by any public health governing body.
“These HCG products marketed over-the-counter are unproven to help with weight loss and are potentially dangerous even if taken as directed,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “And a very low-calorie diet should only be used under proper medical supervision.”
The FDA says people on such diets have an increased risk of heart arrhythmia’s, electrolyte imbalance and gallstones. Currently no HCG products for weight loss have been approved by the agency.