All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being recalled

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 08/06/2004 - 18:05

Phenylpropanolamine has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication.

(Editorial comment: This article describes the situation in the US of A. Australian consumers are advised to review an article posted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration web site at )

From: Joe Bryant succeed2 at
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2004

Please read this list of "over-the-counter" medications subject to recall in the US. All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being recalled.

Phenylpropanolamine has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication.

Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicine.

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:
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 orange)
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 Relief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough
3D Cold & Allergy Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
3D Cold & Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yellow
3D Expectorant

They are asking you to call them at 800-548-3708 with the lot number on the box so they can send you postage for you to send it back to them, and they will also issue you a refund. If you know of anyone else with small children, PLEASE PASS THIS ON. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF! DO PASS ALONG TO ALL ON YOUR MAILING LIST so people are informed.

They can then pass it along to their families.

To confirm these findings please take time to check the following:


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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 13/03/2007 - 21:57.

Seven years after the recall of drugs containing Phenylpropanolamine. There must be an update to the information you have for the public at this website.


Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 16/11/2006 - 12:12.

I would like to advise anyone and everyone that PPA is really dangerous and life threatening. I should know as I took one tablet and took a extremely severe stroke from it. I was in one hospital or another for 9 and 1/2 months. They gave me no hope of surviving but my family insisted that they keep me alive for one week. The doctors relented, so I am hrer to condem the makers of PPA! I am not allowed to identify the company, but I have absoutely no use for them. I have been left totally disabled from this experence and feeling extremely disappointed about the amount of compensation that I received! DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN YOU DESERVE!!!!!!!

ppa recall

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 30/10/2006 - 07:49.

have they taken the drug out of the medicine

False Information

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 29/05/2006 - 14:04.

There are no OTC cough & cold products authorised for supply in Australia that contain PPA. Can be confirmed at Therapeutics Goods Administration of Australia.



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