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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. Fill out our questionnaire to obtain a free consultation and find out what your case is worth.

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