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Saturday, February 16, 2013

WARNING - Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) LINK to hemorrahagic Stroke

I recently received an email concerning the dangers of any products containing Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) which can be fatal and lead to hemorrhagic stroke which is bleeding in the brain.

It is reported that this substance is in many over the counter products such as (but not limited to) Alka-Seltzer plus cold medicine, Coricidin D cold (flu and sinus), Robotusin CF and many others. I am going to post  this email in full as a public service. This further lends credence to what I have been preaching since I started this BLOG about reading labels and doing your own research and paying attention to side effects of prescription drugs and over the counter medicines.

God Bless,


Please read this carefully, and print it out.  We need to take good care of all our friends!!

U R G E N T Medication Alert*
Not good!!!
This is scary! Worth checking out. 
Thanks to a Kamloops BC Canada , FSNA member who forwarded this email - if you would like to check it out - the website to do so is at the end of the article.

Hi, Everyone,
I am passing this email forwarded to me this morning. It's about a medication that is familiar to many of us. Note also the FDA 's comments
at the end of the message.
I received this information from a friend whose mother recently passed away.

Apparently, this was caused by a
medication that is deadly. Here are the details and I suggest you pass it on to your loved ones and others.

Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)
I would like to thank those of you who expressed condolences on the recent passing of my mother.  She suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while she was driving home from my house at 7:30 and passed away at 8:30.   My mother's stroke and passing was an enormous shock to my family because she did not have any symptoms or risk factors for a stroke. J ust the week before she had gone to her doctor for a check up and received a clean bill of health.  She did, however, develop a cold while she was visiting me and had taken
Alka Seltzer Cold Plus for 3 days.  Since her passing, we have learned that Alka Seltzer is one of the many cold medicines that contains Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) which can cause hemorrhagic strokes (cerebral bleeding) even with the first use.  I am forwarding a list of other medications that currently use PPA. These medicines are supposedly being recalled but my mother just purchased this medication less than two weeks ago.  Pharmaceutical companies
have known about this danger for years, we unfortunately, did not.

I urge you to review the list of medicines with PPA and avoid these medications.   All drugs containing
PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are dangerous.  You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND.   Please read this CAREFULLY.   Also, please pass this on to everyone you know.  STOP TAKING anything containing this ingredient.  It 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.

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 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; Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

I just found out and called the
800# on the container for Triaminic and
they informed me that they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines
because of a certain ingredient that is causing
strokes and seizures in children:

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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting           800-548-3708       ; 800-548-3708begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            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,

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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