Phenylpropanolamine Warning and Recall

The FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning phenylpropanolamine (PPA) hydrochloride and asked drug manufacturers to voluntarily recall products with this ingredient. This drug is an ingredient used in many over-the-counter and prescription-cough medications, decongestant cold medications, and even weight loss pills.

Studies have reported 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. Even in low doses, the medicine can cause rapid heartbeats, tremors, and increase blood pressure. Although the risk of hemorrhagic stroke is very low, FDA recommends that consumers not use any products that contain PPA.

Common over-the-counter drugs containing PPA include Alka-Seltzer Plus, Tavist-D, Comtrex, Dimetapp, Robitussin, and Accutrim.

Since 2001, most of these popular products were reformulated to eliminate use of phenylpropanolamine. In some instances, phenylpropanolamine was substituted with pseudoephedrine.

The FDA asks consumers to review medicine labels and throw out any drugs containing phenylpropanolamine.

PPA In the News

Johannesburg and the Food and Drug Administration issued a report saying that the substance 'phenylpropanolamine' found in most nasal decongestants and weight control products, increases the risk of haemorrhagic stroke in women. Men may also be at risk. . (May-08-06) [AFRICAN NEWS DIMENSION]

FDA and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research phenylpropanolamine information page. (Mar-03-03) [CENTER FOR DRUG EVALUATION AND RESEARCH]

Register your PPA Case

If you a loved one has suffered a stroke or a fatality associated with phenylpropanolamine you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in our form on the right to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your PPA complaint.

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Last updated May 8 2006

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