Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

Garcinia Cambogia made its grand entrance into the weight loss supplement field after Dr. Oz showered it with accolades in late 2012. We initially sought reviews on the product in January 2013, and the response has been mixed. Here we take a closer look at some of the known and rumored side effects of garcinia cambogia.

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This article is a supplement to our first article on garcinia cambogia from January 2013. Be sure to also read our recap of the first year of Garcinia Cambogia in the spotlight with our article entitled Garcinia Cambogia Craze: Product Survives One Year of Scams, Complaints, and Bad Reviews.

The first list below contains some of the more commonly-known side effects of garcinia cambogia. These are the more serious – and likely – of the possible side effects.

Possible Side Effects

According to WebMD, possible side effects include:

  • Digestive tract discomfort
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Livestrong provides a more extensive list of possible side effects, which include:

  • Allergic reaction (skin rash, hives, chest tightness, wheezing, swelling)
  • Diarrhea
  • Lower Blood sugar levels
  • Headaches
  • Intestinal pain
  • Nausea
  • Testicular shrinkage (extremely high doses, according to one study)
  • Vomiting

Healthline points out that that garcinia is “well tolerated for up to 12 weeks in available human trials.”  It also lists possible side effects and warnings:

  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Rhabdomyolysis, a
  • To be avoided by those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and those with a history of sensitivity to garcinia.

A study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology in April 2014 investigates the possibility of serotonin toxicity.

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Additional (Anecdotal) Side Effects

The following list of side effects is based on anecdotal reports. There may be some overlap with the list above, and some of these side effects may decrease over time or with a smaller dosage:

  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Gas
  • Increased hunger
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeplessness

Keep in mind that if you take more than the suggested dosage, the risk of unwanted effects will increase.

Bottom Line

You may or may not experience any of the side effects listed above if you take garcinia cambogia. If you have any pre-existing health conditions (especially diabetes), you should check with your doctor before using it. The most common negative comment we’ve heard about garcinia cambogia is simply that it “does nothing” at all.

Have you experienced any side effects not listed above? Let us hear from you in the comments below.

Please see our first post on garcinia cambogia which includes dozens of user comments.

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  • John Hamilton

    Just started yesterday – no obvious side effects so far other than a large bowel movement! As someone else said, part of this is mental, try not to worry too much about every little twinge you have. It’s quite normal to feel a bit queezy after taking many medications – you must follow instructions properly as well. When you take tablets, make sure you drink plenty of water with them, and don’t leave it too long to eat either. I HAVE to take many medications every day which cause many of the side effects people mention and more. You just need to stick with it and not let negativity get to you. Of course if you have any serious reactions after taking one – and I don’t men feeling a bit queezy or sick – then stop taking them and get help. I also suspect that many of us will not be getting the genuine article, so be careful to get from reputable sellers.

  • Leesa

    I have had such bad edema for 2 weeks with no idea the cause. Last night ankles tripled in size I couldn’t get my shoe on to work n the pain awful. The hospital told me n that I have an infection and the retention was for so long it started to seep leading to sepsis and cellulitis. I can’t think of any changes besides starting to take GC but any Web page mentioning it cannot be found. I have hep c so this is kinda a big deal. Does anyone know about causing retention?

  • Mary

    I started taking gc about 2 weeks ago, at this point, I have not noticed any weight loss. I have noticed a slight increase in bowl movement, in a good way (not diarrhea). But the most bizarre side effect, is that instead of giving me energy, it makes me very sleepy within an hour of taking it! So I’ve decided since I’ve paid for them, I’ll just take them at night as a sleep aid, which is great for me since I sometimes have difficulty falling asleep! (With any luck, I’ll lose weight while I sleep, though I’m not expecting it.)

  • Rene Griesel

    I must say that I am also experiencing the same symptoms of the severe kidney pain and the pain shooting through my left leg. I lost 2kg the first week but nothing ever since. I paid R550.00 for this and it’s sad to throw it away. I am also using the liver detox.

  • Kristina

    I took garcinia cambogia for a while, but did not lose any weight. It has been over a month since I stopped and I still have rumbling, gassy guts, fluid excretion with flatulence and soft thin unnatural (for me) bowels. I used to use the toilet 1 – 2 times a day for movements. Now it is 5 – 8. I’m wondering if this will ever pass.

  • allen small

    when i started taking these i n started to not know i have to pee. ihet a small tiny little pain below my belly button and i go to bathroom and i pee as soom as i get there. i never ever dreamed it was from taking a herb pill Garcinia Cambogia. then i went and che ked online and said a few people have bladder problems taking them.. i have stopped now and hope it never damage anything. this is the first day i stopped.. thinking of going to doctor to be sure.. ill be 60 in march.. DO NOT BUY OR USE THESE

  • Jennifer

    I bought gc at a vitamin place out of curiosity that it might help with my little weight issue uh nope I think I did more harm than good since day one I have been extremely dizzy with nausea migraines so extreme my own son had to help me walk to the bath room not to mention heart palpations accompanied with stomach illness I was sick so here I am tonight after reading this I have come to the conclusion that gc is bad for me and I pray that the side affects are not lasting and will go away even though it states to take three a day pill I only took one a day that was too much please note results do vary person to person I’m just one that can not toleratee this product

  • Kelly

    I started the Garcinia cambogia Patch 6 days ago. I have been in pain thinking I had a kidney stone or a sciatic nerve issue or a pulled muscle . My kidneys hurt and than it turned into massive leg pain. The pain throbbed threw my left leg. I just took off the patch . Waste of money. This stuff is bad for you

    • Jai

      Omg im experiencing the same thing. My left leg has throbbing pain. No more GC pills for me. Has anyone tried the raspberry ketone pills? If so, how are they?

  • Cesare

    Hi, yes I have used for few days and I ended in ambulance because I fainted on the train on my way back from the city. I stopped taking them, but after a week I thought that the cause could be something also and I had one more, result I was shopping and I fainted again. (Back in an ambulance)
    I though I was wrong about the GC and a month after I had one more, result I ended in emergence hospital because I fainted again.
    Could not believe how this tablets can be sold in the market when people are having to risk that much.
    They should be taken out from the market.

    • fa statet

      I have been experiencing the same symptoms. How long did it take for yours to go away? I feel so disappointed and discouraged with the dizziness. I feel like I’m going to faint multiple times a day.

  • dee1980

    Before these pills I was a very active person. Ran everyday. Watched what I ate. I only took these pills 1x a day for a week. So far all I do is eat. To a point where I cant stop. My body feels gross. Im so completely exausted to a point where my eyes are closing by themselves. Yesterday. I went to breakfast. Got home and I felt like someone was drilling holes into both sides of my stomach. I swear I could have rolled over and died. Im so tossing these. Worst mistake of my life.

    • Kisha

      I have been taking this product for 2 weekes and all I do is he also really a waste of time

  • Wilkinsons

    I’ve been taking Garcinia Max 3500g now for 4 days (today will be my 5th day), recommended dosage is 3 per day. I’ve had no side-effects. I have insomnia and had restless nights every night but have been sleeping very well since taking these capsule although I have changed my diet and now have a fitness regime. I never exercised and I ‘was’ a stress eater. The same day I started taking these capsules I purchased a Fitbit Flex, which I keep on my wrist 24/7, which tracks my sleeping habits, my calorie intake, my steps, my water intake and much more. In the last 4 days I have lost 2kgs while eating healthy, I feel great and have more energy

  • Aimee

    I started taking them a few days ago and I cannot stop eating, its non stop i eat then im still hungry. I suppose itl put on weight and il have to stop :( ha

  • Maggie

    I’ve been taking GC for about 3 weeks and started getting the bumps and itching right away on my back. It did not occur to me what was causing it. I’ve been very emotional, as well.

  • Jane Jensen Mazurs

    I started taking the suggested dose of the capsules for one bottle and saw no weight loss. I then took 2 capsules 2 times a day and developed a rash/redness in the urinary area, but I then lost weight 5 lbs in a week. Although i haven’t been drinking enough water. I’m going to try drinking more water and go back to the recommended directions, to see if the rash improves. I think my urine is concentrated with the fruit acid and causing my urinary area discomfort.

  • Fay Council

    I took the GC to lose weight for a church event. After taking them for a few days, I noticed I started itching on my back and my husband noticed these bumps everywhere on my back, i was having really bad sweats, real bad cramps and I also started having heart palpitations. I even noticed that my mobility in my body had decreased to the point to where I began to crawl up the stairs. Of course by now, I had stopped taking the pills. This was in March, 2013. In July,2013 I went to ER because of the bumps and found out that I had had a heart attack. I ended up having a double by pass. I am a 50 yr old and had no prior health problems. Please beware.

  • Lindsay

    Wow, I’m glad I found this page! Finally some answers. I got the Garcinia (green bottle) the one that is “just pay for shipping”. I took it for 2 days and had a lot of diarrhea, fatigue and worst of all irritable! This stuff is as we say in San Diego, NO BUENO!

    • Fay Council

      Please be careful, don’t allow it to do to you, what it done to me.

  • Cfender

    I took one of these capsules on a Monday, I started having light cramps which rapidly increased to excruciating pain, nausea, sweating and diarrhea. I have only taken the one pill and I’m on day 4 of not being able to eat anything. Ofcorse I have lost 4 lbs in 4 days but this is not healthy. Going to have my liver enzymes checked. Please don’t take this product!

    • Fay Council

      How are you feeling now?

  • erica

    I been taking them for almost a month and have been losing only inches in d stomach area daily my stomach is way smaller since I started whic h is what I wanted :) but they do have side affects but notthing serious on my end I hve to poop every other day now n have cramps sometimes if v I up t he dosage that day. Mines tell me to take 3 pills breakfast 3 pills lunch 3 pills dinner. Yess that’s 9 pills a day! Not including the extra patassium and calcium pills to take along with it. But I only sometimes take 4-6 a day

  • Lesley gascoyne

    I’ve been taking theses for 4 days now with the detox plus, I am so desperate just to loose a stone,
    My metabolism doesn’t work properly so no diet helps me to loose weight but I don’t gain it either.
    I have had chronic dioreah for 4 days I feel like my stomach has been ripped apart I eat then 10 min later I have chronich stomach cramps and if we go has made me very sore and uncomfortable
    I eat healthy work 110 hours a week and I’m allways on my feet racing about
    Going to give it a week to see if it helps me

  • gillian

    Been taking Garcinia 50pc HCA for 4 days. Experienced headaches and severe constipation. Also makes me hungry yet I have previously not been having food cravings since I have been on a low carbon diet. After reading these comments I am throwing my bottle of garcinia into the Bin!

  • Autumn

    I’ve been taking the Garcina in the form of NOW brand Super Citrimax. I’ve been taking it for six weeks and I’ve lost 14 lbs so far. I have been taking two capsules an hour before each meal and it has literally stopped all my cravings. I was such a sugaraholic prior to trying the Garcina and now, no cravings for any kind of junk food at all. NONE! Plus, it controls my appetite like you would not believe. I have to remember to eat now. I am rarely ever hungry any more, which makes it’s real easy to make healthier choices when I do eat. I did experience some constipation after a few weeks but drinking extra water seems to have fixed that. I can hardly believe the results I’m seeing. I am 56 yrs old and have osteoarthritis in my knees and spine, so I’m not able to exercise daily. All I have been able to do is take this supplement and hope for the best so that I can lose enough weight to begin exercising again.

  • Maria

    I just started 2 days ago and I’m having a stomach upset and pain,and makes me hungry so I guess I have to stop.

  • Lucylu

    I’ve been taking this for two weeks my energy levels are great but my hunger increased since day one now I’m 5lbs heavier and eating like crazy


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