September 15, 2008


OK, so my mom was a nurse. And she turned me into a hypochondriac. So some of will think this is silly, but even though I have severe allergies, I was never able to take any of the allergy medications (until Claritin was approved in the US) or weight loss supplements which contain this ingredient without a horrible feeling of my heart rushing with a need to lie down. Especially if you have heart issues or can be prone to them due to heredity, weight issues or an affinity for stimulants like Red Bull, cocaine or poppers, ya might wanna check this out. Even if you do so with a smirk! There's a link at the bottom to the FDA site which verifies this.

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.

Subject: 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 on 7/30 and passed away on 8/3. 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. Just 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 caus e hemorrhagic stokes or 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.

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Str ength 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
Dime tapp 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 &am p; 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 inchildren:

Orange 3D Cold &Allergy Cherry (Pink)
3D Cold &Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yell ow 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,


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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4:23 PM  
Blogger Mitzi said...

You might like this.

"Forgotten medical cures" or old wives tales?

For the common cold
Spread goose fat and turpentine on your chest and wrap yourself up in a blanket.

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