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What is human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), and is it safe to use as a weight-loss supplement?

OPSS Answer

Women produce the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) during pregnancy. It is produced synthetically for medical use in treating infertility and other hormone-related conditions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any HCG products for weight loss. HCG is classified as a drug, so it requires a prescription and cannot be sold legally over the counter. For more information, read FDA’s “HCG Diet Products Are Illegal” and “Questions and Answers on HGC Products for Weight Loss.”

FAQ updated 19 May 2014