Many over the counter cough medicines contain Phenylpropanolamine, otherwise known as PPA.  A Yale Medical School study found there was an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding within the brain) as a result of using products containing PPA.  Based on these findings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2000 asked drug manufacturers to stop producing medicines containing PPA.

What Specific Over the Counter Products Contain Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)?

Although most of these products have been taken off the market, the ones that contain phenylpropanolamine include Tavist-D, Dimetapp, Robitussin, Vicks and Alka Seltzer Plus.  Any cold and cough medicines bought over the counter should be checked for phenylpropanolamine, or a pharmacist may be consulted.  Some over the counter diet medicines such as Dexatrim and Accutrim may also contain phenylpropanolamine.

Who is Most at Risk from Using Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)?

Women have a much higher risk of stroke as a result of using products containing Phenylpropanolamine, although men are also at risk.

A Family Member or I Suffered a Stroke While Taking a Medicine Containing Phenylpropanolamine.  Do I Have a Claim?

Anyone who believes there were injured using Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) should consult a lawyer.  Time is of the essence since many claims need to be filed within a limited time period.  A personal injury attorney is also helpful because  Pharmaceutical companies are often very aggressive in defending these claims.  The pharmaceutical company may try to argue that your lifestyle or poor habits caused the injury, rather than their products. Good legal counsel will represent your interests and help you or an injured family member receive proper compensation.