Drug Recall

The FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning phenylpropanolamine (PPA). This drug is an ingredient used in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medications as a decongestant, and in OTC weight loss products.

The companies are asking consumers to call 800-548-3708 or the 800 number written on the product box with the lot number on the box. They will send you postage to return the product back to them, and will also issue you a refund.

PPA has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain) among women ages 18-49 generally within three days after starting use of the medication. Similar problems were not found in men, but the FDA has recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicines.

For more detailed information check the following URL:

Phenylpropanolamine Information Page http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/ppa/default.htm

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 Col d 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
Triaminic Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
Triaminic 3D Cold & AM/PM Cough (Berry)
Triaminic 3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

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