Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is a decongestant that relieves
sinus congestion. It was found in several over-the-counter
products such Alka Seltzer Plus, Dimetapp and Comtrex, just
to name a few. It was also used in over-the-counter diet drugs
such as Dexatrim and Accutrim.
PPA was recalled by the FDA in November of 2000. This recall
was based on a Yale University study, which found evidence
of hemorrhagic strokes in young women. The FDA ordered that
all over-the-counter products containing PPA be removed from
the market. Manufacturers then reformulated their products
without PPA before marketing them again.
According to the Yale study, 18-49 year old women were 16
times more likely to have a stroke with initial symptoms evidenced
within three days of ingesting appetite suppressants containing
PPA than those who did not. Additionally, of all hemorrhagic
stroke victims, those taking phenylpropanolamine within three
days of exhibiting symptoms were 50% more likely to hemorrhage
than control subjects. at contained PPA.
PPA stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, resulting
in an increased heart rate. There is evidence of serious side
effects linked to PPA, including seizures, strokes, heart
attacks, as well as hemorrhagic strokes. Less severe side
effects include hypertension and headache.
If you or someone you care about has taken any over-the-counter
diet or sinus medication that includes PPA and experienced
severe side effects, it may be possible to obtain a cash award.
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