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Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) recall and warnings

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posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 07:18 PM

Update - On December 22, 2005 the FDA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (notice) for over-the-counter (OTC) nasal decongestant and weight control products containing phenylpropanoloamine preparations. This proposed rule reclassifies phenylpropanolamine as nonmonograph (Category II) not generally recognized as safe and effective. Written and electronic comments and new data can be submitted by March, 22, 2006.

I don't care about starring and flagging, just get the word out to everyone you normally contact. I'm not above gratuitous self-bumping to keep this story current for a day or so. Please, just read and make your own judgements.

Scientists at Yale University School of Medicine recently issued a report entitled "Phenylpropanolamine & Risk of Hemorrhagic Stroke: Final Report of the Hemorrhagic Stroke Project." This study reports that taking PPA increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding into the brain or into tissue surrounding the brain) in women. Men may also be at risk. Although the risk of hemorrhagic stroke is very low, FDA recommends that consumers not use any products that contain PPA

Partial list of over-the-counter products that are said to have PPA in them. Again, read labels, read the story, take care of your family.

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or or ange)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Sinus Cold Powder
Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief
Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
Contac 12 Hour Caplets
Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
Dexatrim Caffeine Free
Dexatrim Extended Duration
Dexatrim Gelcaps
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
Dimetapp Elixir
Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels
Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets
Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops
Permathene Mega-16
Robitussin CF
Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion

Triaminic DM Cough Rel! ief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
Triaminic Syrup ! ! Cold & amp;am p; Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
3D Cold & Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 07:23 PM
I just found this information today, even though the recall dates are older. If this has already been discussed here, then sorry about that. I did a search for Phenylpropanolamine here and got zip.

Better to be redundant that the word not get out.

Cheers all.

posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 07:58 PM
Thank you! You broke the story as far as I'm concerned!


posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 10:21 PM

Starred and Flagged anyway

Have saved this information

Thank you again

posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 10:28 PM
I thought they banned the use of that in human over the counter drugs a few years ago.

Phenylpropanolamine was a common ingredient in diet pills up until a few years ago. It was pulled off the market in that form due to human side effects. I remember it because it is a common treatment for canine incontinence so people were often buying the diet pills to treat their incontinent dogs. Now the vets sell more expensive "liver flavored" versions of the pills.

I am surprised they banned its use in diet pills but allowed it in so many other otc drugs.

[edit on 28-9-2008 by Sonya610]

posted on Dec, 2 2008 @ 10:38 PM
I just got the "hysterical female" (my term) email, telling me to pass it along to everyone in my address book. If you will Google PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE RECALL, you'll find Sonya is correct that medications containing that ingredient were recalled and discontinued in 2005. It's always best to be cautious, but I truly believe some people get their kicks floating false information.

This forum turned up in my Google search and looks really interesting. I'll have to poke around . . . .

Best wishes,
Diane in Florida

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