Fat Loss Biology

Warnings About HCG Drops

HCG Drops at GNC

Beware: HCG drops may or may not contain hCG. The product label must indicate the amount of hCG in International Units (IU). If not, it is a sham. Here is what you must know..

HCG Drops Without hCG

Here is an infamous ‘hCG’ product, in its old form and its new, miraculously transformed form. It had been sold based on such wild claims about weight loss that the FDA sent the company a cease and desist letter to stop marketing it.

HCG Drops Transformation


Here is the list of the ingredients. It never should have been even remotely claimed to have anything to do with hCG. It even says ‘Hormone-Free’ and ‘Natural HCG Alternatative’ on the front of the box. Of course, it contains no hCG, and there is no such thing as an alternative to hCG.

Proprietary Complex: L-Arginine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, L-Ornithine, L-Lysine, Chaste Tree Berry, Dong Quai Root, Wild Yam Root, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Yerba Mate Extract, Black Cohosh Root.

Unfortunately, the product with the original label is still, as of today, available from other vendors, including Amazon.

Here is another one: HCG Platinum, which is the lead ‘hCG’ product at GNC stores. HCG Drops - HCG Platinum

Here are the ingredients:

HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotopin) 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x, L-Arginine 3x, 12x, 30x, Ayctel L-Carnitine 3x, 12x, 30x, L-Omithine 3x, 12x, 30x

Ignore for the moment that the label that I found online contains a glaring misspelling (Ayctel=Acetyl). Where is the hCG? There are no International Units. This is a homeopathic product, exactly the kind of product that is bringing the wrath of the FDA down on this industry. The numbers – 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x – refer to dilutions. A 6x dilution means a million-fold dilution; 12x means a trillion-fold dilution. Words don’t describe 30x or 60x dilutions. They are, respectively, dilutions of 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (30 zeroes) and 1/1,(+60 zeroes). There is almost no chance that these dilutions contain even a single molecule of hCG.

Check Ingredients!

All you have to do is find the ingredients list and see what it says. Sometimes this is a little challenging, since they are often hidden or hard to find online.

HCG Drops With hCG

HCG Drops - PregnylThis is something that I’ve said a million times, and it still bears repeating. Any real hCG product, whether it be drops, pellets, nasal spray, or transdermal patches, MUST contain the real hormone for it to be a legitimate product.

HCG comes in many different kinds of packages. HCG for hCG drops should always be in powder form, to be mixed with the appropriate amount of liquid just prior to use.

A legitimate hCG product may just be labeled as hCG, with the total amount of hormone in IUs on the container. A typical number would be 12,000 IU. Or it may have the brand name of hCG. Many companies manufacture hCG. The most commonly available brand name is Pregnyl.

With hCG drops updates,

Dr. D

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30 Comments so far »

  1. by Kacie


    Unfortunately, I am taking homeopathic drops. I recently ordered the correct drops through your website. Do you recommend that I stop the drops immediately and start the fat loading phase all over again when I receive your drops? I am not 100% sure how to handle the transition.

  2. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    You can begin as if you hadn’t taken any drops at all: Day 1 on the real thing, starting with loading. Enjoy!

  3. by mary L.


    Do you sell the brand name Pregnal?

  4. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Yes, our compounding pharmacy uses Pregnyl.

  5. by Missy


    What are your thoughts on “natural HCG alternative” that contains the following:

    Serving Size: 2 CapsulesServings Per Container: 60
    Amount Per Serving %DV*
    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
    Glycopeptide Stimulating Complex 758mg **
    L-Arginine (as alpha-ketoglutarate)
    L-Ornithine (as alpha-ketoglutarate)
    Green tea leaf extract (Camellia sinensis) (decaffeinated) 98% polyphenols 50% EGCG
    Saffrolite TM saffron extract (Crocus sativus) (standardized for safranal)
    Black cohosh [Cimicifuga racemosa (root) extract (std to 2.5% triperpenoids)]
    Huperzine A 1% (Huperzia serrata)

  6. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    This product is useless for the hCG diet.

  7. by richard vilog


    Thanks for this information,I looked at some homeopathic hCG by Buckeye Natritionals,they do not have IUs listed on their bottle (2oz.)of droplets. Is this another scam?…………..

  8. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Hi, Richard: If it says ‘hCG’ on the label, yet contains none…hmm. The word scam DOES come to mind. At the very least, you now know that it is ‘hormone free’.

    All the best,

  9. by Laurna


    Here’s a question for you…….. I’ve been using “Affordable Hcg Diet” for the past 11 days. I’ve lost 9 pounds. However, I’m wondering, after reading your article, if it is really HCG???

    CONTAINS Purified water and collodial minerals.
    Electromagnetically encoded with the unique frequency signature of HCG. Contains no homeopathic HCG as mandated by the FDA.

    Your response is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for all of the information you have and still are providing us. I enjoy learning from your research.

  10. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Hi, Laurna:

    That product contains no hCG. Saying ‘electromagnetically encoded’ is just doubletalk without independent evidence that the energy signature can duplicate the hormone signaling effects of the hCG hormone itself. I’d bet that nobody has sought that evidence. If you use it and lose weight, it is very important to keep track of your body fat composition. Anyone can lose weight on a VLCD. Only hCG directs the specific loss of abnormal fat.

    All the best,

  11. by Victoris


    I have a bottle that says 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x.

    Ingredients are Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, Purified water, 16% USP Alcohol.

    Yay or Nay?

  12. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Hi, Victoris: This is how the homeopathic dilutions look in ‘normal’ terms: 6x is 1 part in 1,000,000 (a million); 12x is 1 part in 1,000,000,000,000 (a trillion); 30x is 1 part in 1, [followed by 30 zeroes]; 60x is one part in 1, [followed by 60 zeroes]. I have no idea how much of each dilution is in your product. However, you get the idea. This product has very little chance of having an effective amount of hCG in it. I say ‘nay’ — however, plenty of people would disagree.

    All the best,

  13. by Vicki Page


    Hi, I am from Canada and have recently purchase one of the products you wre talking about with the ingredients you listed. Where, if in Canada can one get real HCG drops.

  14. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Hi, Vicky: I have no answer to that question. I will be sending you an email with some information.

    All the best,

  15. by Kathy Williams


    To follow on to Victoria’s question…
    She stated she had 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x. (mine also has 3x before the 6x…
    Your response: I have no idea how much of each dilution is in your product.

    I am trying to understand the word each in your answer. so in my case the dilution is 3x, then 6x, and so on?

    If the ones I have are not real.. Where can I get the real ones?

  16. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Hi, Kathy:

    It would be simple if there was just one dilution. If 6X, then that tells you it is diluted by a million-fold. If a mixture of different dilutions is on the label, there is no way to know how much of each dilution is in the formula. Even if all the label stated was 6X, then you have a million-to-one dilution of hCG. Not much hormone, if any at all. If you are looking for real hCG, here is a good place to start:


    All the best,

  17. by Iris


    I have been taking HCG injections for 2 weeks at the 150 IU dosage. Although I have lost 8 pounds, I tested the HCG twice with a pregnancy test and both times it was negative. The HCG was compounded by a pharmacy out of state, and the pharmacist told me today the HCG should have turned the pregnancy test positive, thus, it must have lost potency. He is sending me a new batch. Should I just continue on the 500 cal/day diet and start using the new (potent) HCG, or should I start with 2 loading days?

  18. by crystal


    I have the Homeopathic HCG Drops that contain Real HCG, Vitamin B-12, Mag-Phos, and Nat-Phos cell salts in a homeopathic frequency of 3x, 6x, 12x, 30x, and 60x with a colloidal mineral water and I was wondering if its good or not. I just got it but i havent started it yet.

  19. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Kathy…if you have only 6x, then it is clear how diluted it is. However, if you have several dilutions added together, there is now way to know how much of each. Regardless, the product probably contains no hCG at all.

  20. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Iris…just continue with the new formulation and see if it works. If it doesn’t, then wait 6 weeks and start over.

  21. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Crystal…not good. ‘Real HCG’ is not real hCG.

  22. by Myriam


    Hi – just wondering if I am able to purchase Pregnyl from Canada or is it available within Canada. Thanks.

  23. by Dr. Dennis Clark


    Hi, Miriam:

    Pregnyl is widely available, although I am unaware of how Health Canada regulates it.

    All the best,

  24. by carmenlivia


    Where can I buy Pregnyl?? How much does the drops cost?

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  26. by carmenlivia


    I am so confused!!!….most sell 5000 IUs per bottle depending on how many days you are on the program..so why did you say 12,000 IU.s…Is that how much you need to have the real HCG?

  27. by Alex


    Hi Dr. Dennis
    I used a while ago hcg capsules bought online with a big success. I want to do it again but they are not available anymore.
    I tried the drops and I had a very bad reaction to L-Arginine. I can’t find a reliable source of hcg here in Canada. Can you please help?
    Thank you

    Did anyone used the walmart one? do they work? (supposing that I can find them here)

  28. by Alex Rotaru


    Hi Dr. Clark

    I am wondering how can we get the real hCG in Canada. Also the product without L-Arginine and other ingredients.
    I am allergic to arginine. Also I would prefer others than injectable. I used a while ago capsules from internet with great success.

    Thank you.

  29. by Grace


    May I first begin by saying Homeopathic “anything ”
    Is controversial. Over a year and a half ( yes i did cheat which slowedu weight loss)I have lost a total of 125 pounds using only the Homeopathic HCG drops and following the Simmions’Protocol.
    In the past I have tried may other diets from Nutra system to weight watchers to LA
    Weight loss. I even counted calories 1000-1200
    I have never been as successful as I have on the HCG Homeopathic drops
    All I can say is if I were just eating 500 calories
    With out the drops My hunger would have been ravenous. Just my
    Experience but I for one am grateful for the affordable HCG Hemeopathic drops I am 155lbs down from 280 lbs. I am no longer on Blood pressure medication Cholesterol or Diabetic medications.
    Backed up or not by scientific research something worked for me and it was more than just low calories and placebo effect.

  30. by kathy


    I agree with Grace. I used homeopathic drops and it worked (-45 lbs.) I wasn’t hungry either. So what gives? Every other diet I tried was a failure. So if homeopathic has no hCG what does it have that makes it work?

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