View Full Version : OTC Drug Recall Notice

01-09-2003, 11:51 PM
Have you all heard of this? It's legitimate, and there is a link to the FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the end of this post.
Here's a statement from thmm, followed by one of those, "Emails."

"We have received numerous requests for a list of products containing PPA. In response to the request made by FDA in November 2000, many companies have voluntarily reformulated and are continuing to reformulate their products to exclude PPA while FDA proceeds with the regulatory process necessary to remove PPA from the market. Therefore, there is no comprehensive, updated list available from FDA.? FDA is aware of emails circulating widely that list many products allegedly containing PPA. Those emails are no longer valid and should be ignored. Please read the labels of OTC products to determine if they contain PPA. (Paragraph added 2/20/2002)"

All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE
>All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being
>recalled. 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
>Triaminic DM Cough Relief
>Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
>Triaminic Syrup Cold & 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, PLEASE PASS THIS ON.
>To confirm these findings please take time to check the following:
>Phenylpropanolamine Information Page at:

Go here to this "Urban Legends" page to get more information and different opinions:

01-10-2003, 04:17 AM
Wow, that is alarming without a doubt. I know there are more than one of those products in my medicine cabinet. Thank you.

Jamey Saunders
01-10-2003, 08:45 AM
Seems that for once, and e-mail warning is true.

Any time you get an e-mail warning about a new virus or health hazard or anything else, you can check to see if it is true at ( . This is the site you use to determine if the "urban legends" that circulate in email are true.

C.M. Arrington
01-10-2003, 04:25 PM
That's a real one. Warnings were posted early in 2002. Most companies have stopped using it.

01-10-2003, 08:13 PM
I thought so. Still, we've all got old meds hanging around, and if they'll give us a refund, that shouldn't hurt.

Thanks, guys.

archie max
01-23-2003, 09:40 AM
Thanks Steve for posting that, I have two daughters that I have raised on triaminic when needed!!!!! Wow I don't think that the chewables that I give them are part of the recall but the info about the phenyl............ is very informative.


01-29-2003, 03:23 PM
yes this is true

phenylpropanolamine was removed from the market due to a concern that it was related to an increased risk of strokes primarily in young women

while i'm not overwhelmed by the data in this case, i do not usually recommend the use of otc cold preps anyway.....primarily because most all the otc cold preps (outside of sudafed ...aka psuedoephedrine) dont work worth a darn....

people with high blood pressure should especially be careful about using these kind of products