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Phenylpropanolamine PPA

Phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride, or PPA, is a medicine utilized as a decongestant in several over-the-counter and prescription cough and cold medicines. Phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride has also been used in a number of weight loss products. The FDA has removed PPA from all drug products and has requested that all drug manufacturers stop marketing products including PPA. Additionally, the FDA distributed a public health advisory regarding the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding into the brain, connected with Phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride. A report by scientists at Yale University School of Medicine concluded a direct association between PPA and increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, mainly in women. Men may also be at risk, though to a lesser degree.

Stroke Warning Signs:

  • Sudden Weakness or Numbness of the face, arm/leg on one side of the body.
  • Sudden dimness or loss of vision particularly in one eye.
  • Loss of Speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden, severe headaches with no known or apparent cause.
  • Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or falls.