Updated: 11/24/2015 - Sponsored by Leptigen

HCG Drops Review - Does This Fat-Loss Liquid Really Work? Are diet restrictions and side effects deal breakers?

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

hcg dropsThe results of my research into HCG drops was quite surprising, so we wrote an in-depth review, examining the side effects, ingredients, clinical studies and customer care. We also focused on dozens of user reviews and responses posted online. Lastly, we condensed all of the facts to give you the information you need.

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What You Need To Know

To start, HCG drops are available from numerous brands. This hormone is essentially a liquid formula that is dispensed under the tongue for fast absorption. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. This product is sometimes prescribed to women for fertility purposes. While using HCG drops, you are expected to follow a very strict diet that allows around 3,500 calories per week. There are claims that you can drop up to one pound per day.

HCG drops were initially used as a homeopathic treatment for weight-loss purposes around 2010. These supplements are easy to find online and sell for around $25 and up. There is a great deal of dieter feedback posted online for HCG drops and exercise is often recommended as well, but read on…

Diet Restrictions – “Too Much?”

The first issue we felt needed to be address with HCG drops were the strict guidelines. According to our Research Editor, “Most HCG drops are used in conjunction with a 500-calorie per day diet plan. This restriction is not realistic, nor is it healthy. Most physicians do not recommend less than 800.”

”500 calories a day is starvation, plain and simple. The weight loss on this program is not from the HCG, but from the caloric deprivation,” said one dieter.

Another customer claims, “You can consume 500 calories and lose the weight without spending $200 on drops, but I think only taking in 500 calories a day can be dangerous.”

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Bad Side Effects – “Not to be Taken Lightly”

After reading all sorts of customer feedback on HCG drops ingredients, it’s clear that plenty of dieters have experienced nasty side effects. One user said, “Horrible product made me very sick. Throwing up, hot flashes, greenish bowel movement, Don’t buy.”

According to another dieter who suffered HCG drops side effects, “I used this product for a few days, and it gave me severe heart palpitations. I will never use this again as I almost had to go to the ER three times. I am 30 years old and I thought I was having a heart attack.”

Our research has proven that if a particular aspect of a supplement or program is really problematic (dangerous side effects, high price, lots of diet restrictions) the likelihood of weight-loss success for the long term is minimal. If HCG drops really do cause bad reactions in a lot of people, this could be a major issue.

The Science – “Is it Validated?”

While there is some clinical research that supports HCG for fertility purposes, there is no scientific data to support this one as a weight-loss aid. In fact, these supplements don’t actually contain human chorionic gonadotropin at all. Rather, they have herbs and vitamins. So, even though many companies still try to sell HCG drops, there are no studies published online to support this product. At DietSpotlight, the science is a huge part of the review process. If there are no facts, the dieter might as well turn the other way.

The Bottom Line – Do HCG Drops Work?

Alright, do you need to rush off to the store to find this one? Even though HCG Drops are intriguing, we certainly have reservations for anyone wishing to purchase this product for weight-loss purposes. Not only is this supplement not backed by clinical studies, there have been class action lawsuits against some companies for false claims. Furthermore, some people experience serious side effects while using it.

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What You Should Know

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HCG Drop is a homeopathic approach to weight loss that makes use of the HCG hormone. The HCG hormone is commonly used for fertility, and is not approved by the FDA for weight loss. The idea behind it is a simple drop on the tongue, combined with a very low calorie diet will help you lose up to 30 pounds in 30 days.

List Of Ingredients

HCG Drop contains one active ingredient: the HCG hormone.

Product Features

HCG Drop is a simple drop you place on your tongue, comprised of the HCG hormone. It can also be found in shakes, and other products. It claims to be scientifically proven to help with weight loss, yet we cannot find any information to support it; and we know it is not FDA approved for weight loss. We believe that because of the suggested very low calorie diet restriction of no more than 500 calories per day is what causes the weight loss and more even fat distribution, claimed to be the drastic weight loss results from the HCG.

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  • HCG Drop is just a drop you put on your tongue.


  • HCG is not approved by the FDA for weight loss.
  • HCG is commonly used for fertility and boosting testosterone levels in males.
  • HCG may cause side effects including: water retention, headaches, restlessness, tenderness of breast tissue, depression, irritability. There are some rare, but potentially serious side effects including: ovarian hyperstimulation. Symptoms include: abdominal pain and swelling, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, infrequent urination, weight gain, and swelling of the legs and feet.
  • This diet makes use of an extremely low calorie diet, of only 500 calories per day. This is starvation and will backfire, slowing the metabolism.


HCG Drop is unhealthy. Even the FDA has concerns about its legality. How a small amount of this hormone combined with a drastically reduced calorie intake will help increase energy levels and boost the metabolism is beyond us. Eating 500 calories a day will certainly help you lose weight, but it will also leave you feeling bad, and will send your body into starvation mode, where the metabolism will slow and hold on to everything you put in it, eventually causing weight gain when you resume eating normal calories. We do not recommend this product, at all. Instead, find a proven weight loss supplement that contains a fat burner or an appetite suppressant, and combine it with a healthy diet and exercise routine, while drinking more water. This will bring you far more success than the HCG Drop will.

HCG Drops FAQ:

We summarized hundreds of user comments about HCG drops into this helpful FAQ.

What are the side effects of HCG drops?

Some potential side effects of HCG drops include heart palpitations, edema, irritability, fatigue, upset stomach, vomiting, nausea and irregular bowel movements.

What are the ingredients in HCG drops?

The ingredients in HCG drops vary by manufacturer. The supplement may contain caffeine, arginine, chromium and green tea, among others.

Does HCG drops work?

The science around HCG drops is a bit mixed, but there’s no concrete proof that the product is an effective weight-loss supplement. You may want to change things up a bit and replace HCG drops with Leptigen, which contains ingredients clinically proven effective.

How much does HCG drops cost?

The average cost of HCG drops is $10.

How should I take HCG drops?

You should take HCG drops by placing one droplet of liquid under the tongue.

Can I take HCG drops if I have a health condition?

Women who are pregnant or nursing, people taking prescription medications of any kind, those with health conditions or anyone under 18 years of age should consult a healthcare provider prior to starting a weight-loss supplement, including HCG drops.

What do users like about HCG drops?

Some users like the low cost of HCG drops and that the supplement is readily available.

What do users NOT like about HCG drops?

We found that some users of HCG drops don’t like the side effects that come with the product. There are also reports of the supplement being ineffective.

How do I contact the HCG drops customer service department?

The HCG drops customer service department varies by manufacturer.

Do I have to take a multivitamin on HCG drops?

Yes, you should take a multivitamin on HCG drops, especially one containing vitamin B12.

Can men use HCG drops?

Yes, men can use HCG drops. The hormone is found naturally in men and women.

Are HCG drops legal?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that homeopathic HCG drops are illegal, but most supplements you come in contact with will not contain the hormone. They will contain herbs and extracts to support natural production and release.

Do I have to diet on HCG drops?

Yes, the companies that make the supplement suggest following the HCG diet, which suggests people eat no more than 500 calories per day.

Is there a guarantee with HCG drops?

You will need to check with the manufacturer of a particular brand of HCG drops to see if there’s a guarantee.

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55 User Reviews About HCG Drops

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  • 1

    I used the product, and went into starvation mode near the end. 3 months later, I gained the weight back; and no longer have the drive to exercise regularly (no hi intensity exercise while on the diet). I do not recommend.


  • 2

    I want to Lose 20 To 15 pounds but I can’t seem to loose it. Is it possible that I can lose by trying this product?


    Karen (Editor)

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  • 3
    Carol Breeman

    is there a trial size HCG drop or a free trial



    I try to lost weight but it is impossible. Thank you


  • 4
    G. Thomas

    Is it possible to take to much hcg (overdose)?


  • 5
    May de la Vega

    I was using your drops the first time for one month I lost 12 pounds, then I stopped to use the drops for 15 days, and starting but I did not loss the same lot of the first time, why?


  • 6

    I just got the HCG Drops and I’m starting with the treatment, I had read the comments and I have to say that yes maybe you can make a diet for 500 cal and do some exercise and have some weight loss, but sometimes the metabolism is really slow and even if you try to eat salads, drink a lot of water, avoid sugar and blah blah you need something else.
    So today I started my treatment, my weight is 228 lbs, I will try to be posting my results in 2 weeks or a month.
    We can do it girls!!!!! :)



    Hi,How is your diet going on?Did you loose any weight?Best regards


    Your Name

    Thanks because I’m starting to and I need some motivation. We can do it!!!!


  • 7

    Where did you order your drops?


    Bev Jackson

    Ci have 2 friends on this diet with great results and I was wondering how to get the drops and information on how the diet wirks


  • 8

    I have lost 5kg in a week. Got my supply from NZ. My body fat has shunk and I have already thrown out 3 pairs of nickers. Works for me!



    do you swallow the drops after you hold under your tongue or you spit out?



    where did you order your drops, and the address, so I can do the same. thanks.


  • 9
    Kristy pierce

    Is there other benefits for taking hcg drops other than dieting?


  • 10




    Those do not actually contain the hcg hormone. Read the labels it says 100% hormone free. Hcg is the hormone that makes you lose the weight. So it has to have hormones . The ones from stores are usually not the real thing


  • 11

    walmart?? how much?



    for 20bucks at walmart you can get pill form and liquid form. there were two types of liquid form at my walmart.


  • 12



  • 13

    My husband and I just started an HCG protocol from TheTree4Life.com. The particular drops we are using are a vibrationally charged HCG with added African Mango extract. The 800-1200 calorie diet plan is less “stressful” than the 500 calorie diet originally introduced with HCG. Even though I only began the protocol 4 days ago I have lost 3 pounds already. That is pretty good, considering I only have around 15 to lose! TheTree4Life customer assistance is outstanding. You can call and ask questions at any time and they are always helpful.


  • 14

    I lost 32lbs on HCG drops. I didn’t have any side effects and I wasn’t hungry while on it which was important to me.
    Make sure to take a good multivitamin while on it. Four of my friends had similar results. We got ours at yourhcg.com


    Your Name

    Are you still on the drops? And did your weight gained back?


  • 15

    I have lost 98 lbs on the HCG diet and it changed my life.I went from a size 20 to a size 10-11 and feel great. I have been off the drops for 4 months and not gained one pound back. I think every one has there own opinion and what worked for me might not work for everyone.



    Where did you buy yours from?



    i hear nothing but food about hcg . stop hating



    Mari could u please state brand and location of your purchase?



    I sell this product



    Hi Roxy r u in Australia for the hug drops

    Sue Hall

    Kim Oct 2012
    Where did u buy your products. I have ordered twice from 2 different companies and was given rubbish. Tasted like water or like the vitamin water they give you. My friend who lost lots of weight with hCG drops tasted completely different. I am hesitant to throw away more money for a fake product.
    I live in Australia.



    Sue, sure you from pearcedale ?


  • 16

    I used extra strength HCGTurbo from powermaxnutrition.com only cost 19.99. Worked beautifully for me.



    This is what I was thinking of ordering.. i’ve never done the sub drops could you tell me more about the experience?


  • 17

    I do not agree with the results at the top of this. I have lost 100# with the help of hcg. If they had done their research they would know that you are not in starvation mode because your body is pulling the extra calories that you need from your stored fat.


  • 18

    How do you know which web site to trust on ordering hcg drops?


  • 19

    I’m currently on HCG drops that I get from Americashcg.com and have lost 27lbs in 6 weeks. I feel great, have been working out on top of only eating 500 calories/day and am finally getting my body back. Everyone is going to have a differnt opinion about using HCG for weightloss but really no one can say anything about it unless they themselves have actually done it, and stuck to the protocol. I think its wonderful! Only another 50lbs to go and I’m at a great weight for my height :)



    But Celeste, don’t you think that by eating only 500 cals per day and excercising you would lose weight without the HCG?



    yes, but without HCG such life will be mesarable, you will feel hungry, weak, cruncky :) Instead of bad fat you will be loosing good fat. With hcg your body releases another 1500 cal from bad fat (around belly, tighs, chest, neck, waist, face, etc) :)
    I am currently on my 15th day of hcg diet, lost about 10 lbs (hoped it will be more but still better then none), using pharmac. grade hcg nasal spray in australia



    No if you are eating 500 calories your body will be hungry and eat your musculus. now what Hgc does is tells your body youre a pregnant and than instead of eating your musculus it will eat fat instead


    I did a 5 week program with an Age Management and Weight Loss facility here in TN. I lost 29 lbs in that 5 weeks giving myself daily HCG shots and seeing the DR once a week for the B12 Lipo Lean shot. It worked. It was the easiest diet I have ever done. I did not cheat not once. My family and friends sure noticed the difference. I ordered two bottles of the HCG drops to see if I can lose the additonal 25 lbs I want to use. I already know what I have to do but I will be exercising this round….HCG is a miracle drug for me. If I can do it anyone can do it….

  • 20

    My husband & I lost about a lb, per day under Dr.’s supervision–he did it for 40 days and I did it for 14. We use the pharmaceutical grade sublingual homeopathic hCG drops under the brand name NuMedica “hc3 trim”. We get the drops and related supplements in a NuMedica “kit ” from the Dr., an osteopath (D.O. [M.D.]).



    How did it work for u??


  • 21

    Please, can anyone recommend a good brand of homeopathic HCG drops? Thanks!


  • 22
    Kim S.

    I second that question by S. Redford. Can anyone recommend a good brand of HCG drops (they don’t necessarily have to be homeopathic) Thank you


  • 23
    S. Redford

    Can anyone recommend a good brand of homeopathic HCG drops? Thanks!


  • 24
    E . STEELE




    Homeopathic HcG won’t show a positive pregnancy test. Homeopathics only store the energy of the product and very little HcG, but they work very well.


  • 25

    I tried it, rep. said 7-10 drops under tongue for 15 sec. then no food, drink for 30 min. I loss some wght., not much, and still felt hungry. The B-12 tablet gave me energy so I will keep taking B-12, Krill, Cal-Mag and Evocin and look for another diet plan.


  • 26

    Mari — I lost 30lbs easily the first time I was on the HCG diet and I am back on it now. I really felt like it did reset my metabolism. I am back on it now as I have another 50lbs to lose. I never felt sluggish and found it easy to perform my normal activities but did lose energy if I went above and beyond my normal activities. To see that last digit in your weight decrement every other day is pretty great too.


  • 27

    Sorry, you are wrong. I lost 30 lbs with Homeopathic HCG and I have felt GREAT! Not only that but my energy level is up and my menopausal symptoms are gone. Nothing has worked like this for me and for many other people that have lost the weight since I have told them about this awesome product!



    with such a price range difference and so many site to purchase from, Where do/did you get your hcg?



    What product did you purchase and where? There are so many places that sell this. Thanks!



    I love the CelestepureH202 for health protocol. Internet purchase at ($34 ish) dollars) these drops last about a month. Purchase two to ship at once, bacause a friend is likely to notice the weight loss and ask you what you are doing and you can have one available. I’ve lost 40 pounds in three “rounds” in the past year. Sure works for me.



    I have been hearing a lot about these hcg drops lately…but am curious about the use of this during menopause since it is used for fertility treatment.


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