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This email was passed on to me today.  Please read it and the OTC drugs that are associated with PPA.  
 
http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/ppa/
 
 
   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.
 
    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 cause  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 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 & 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 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,

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