Acutrim is a diet supplement whose active ingredient is phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a drug that has been sold as a decongestant and weight loss aid. It was widely available over the counter until 2005, by which point many companies had voluntarily halted its use.
However, some drug companies still use PPA in their products. PPA was present in cold medicines such as Alka-Seltzer Plus and Robitussin CF. In addition to its health risks, PPA can be used as an ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine, so identification is required to purchase drugs containing it.
In 2000, the Food and Drug Administration released findings showing that PPA increases the risk of stroke in women. Men who take PPA may also be at risk.
Because of this, many people who have suffered side effects after taking PPA are taking legal action. Note that having a stroke after taking PPA is not enough for a claim; it must be shown that the stroke was caused by taking PPA, and this will require investigation by a medical expert.
You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer. Most lawyers who handle Acutrim injury cases will take the matter on a contingency basis, and only be paid if the victim collects. If you took drugs containing PPA, and have suffered negative side effects, you may have a claim. However, only a lawyer, with the assistance of medical experts, can make this determination.