November 7, 2000 |
The Food and Drug Administration, in an unusually strong warning, on Monday told consumers to stop using dozens of over-the-counter cough and cold remedies and weight-loss products because of an ingredient that could cause strokes, especially in young women. Phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, is found in nonprescription medications ranging from Contac and Triaminic to Acutrim and Dexatrim. The ingredient is believed to carry a risk of causing hemorrhagic strokes, or bleeding into the brain.
October 21, 2000 |
They are the boxes we reach for when the sniffles strike and a cough comes on, the heavily advertised artillery that aims to ease the common cold. But now some consumers are taking a wary look at the cold remedies in their medicine chests to see if they contain a chemical suspected of causing strokes in young women. Some doctors are advising people to avoid the dozens of cold medicines and appetite suppressants that contain phenylpropanolamine, or PPA.
March 28, 2004 |
Tracy Patton had just arrived at a community theater rehearsal in August 2000 when she felt such a searing explosion in the back of her head that it knocked her to her knees. At the hospital in Louisville, Ky., doctors said Patton, then 37, had suffered a catastrophic stroke, and they predicted she wouldn't survive the night. Patton defied the odds.