Medication Alert – Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)-Cough & Colds

If you have a cough or cold, DO NOT USE these products.

This information I received below is well worth your time to read.

Stay informed and healthy,


PS At the bottom of this article, I will list my favorite herbs for coughs.


Medication Alert – Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)


Submitted by Barbara LaVolpa


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 at 7:30 and passed away at 8:30. 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 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 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 Relief

Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Triaminic Syrup Cold & am pm; 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.

To confirm these findings please take time to check the following:


Gail Stenson, Public Health Clerk, St. James-Assiniboia, Health & Social Services Center, 2015 Portage Avenue, R3J 0K3,

Canada, Phone: 940-2388, Fax: 940-2636, E-mail: 

 Hi again, it’s me, Annette

Now that you have that information,

I will share my favorite herbs that I have been using for my children for years.

The best for coughs is wild cherry bark,

and a formula which includes elderberry, elcampane, and horehound

are also very good.  You can find these at health food stores,

or through a company I use called Natures Sunshine Canada (& USA).

If you need any help,

I’m here.

Your Natural Health Coach,


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  1. Meghan says

    Just to prevent MASS hysteria, I think you should know that phenylpropanolamine (PPA) was taken off the market around 10 years ago. In addition, the product that was taken by the unfortunate individual in the story also contains ASA (aspirin) which, although infrequently, is known to cause bleeding (i.e. brain hemorrhage or stomach bleed). Every once in a while I get an email from a friend or family member asking me about this so the information presented in this alert should really be removed or updated.


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