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Question

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

OPSS Answer

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone produced by women during pregnancy. It is sometimes prescribed for treating infertility and other hormone-related conditions. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are no approved HCG products for weight loss. Because it is classified as a drug, it requires a prescription and cannot be sold legally over the counter. In 2011, the FDA issued reports to this effect after it sent warning letters to manufacturers. For additional information, please see FDA’s Questions and Answers on HCG Products for Weight Loss and HCG Diet Products Are Illegal.