Haemorrhagic Stroke & PPA

Received an email from a friend highlighting the connection between Haemorrhagic Stroke and PPA (Phenylpropanolamine). PPA is an ingredient used in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medications as a decongestant and in OTC weight loss products.

I did a search on this and confirmed that this is true. A Research Team at Yale University did a project called Haemorragic Stroke Project and the findings were given in a Report on May 10th 2000. For those who want to know more please go to the following site :-

http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/ppa/

The implications are serious in this findings. Many people buy OTC medicine for common cough and cold and for some weight-loss prescriptions without realizing the danger if such prescriptions or drugs contain PPA. Even for first time users taking drugs that contain PPA stand the risk of a Haemorragic Stroke. Perhaps this explains why young and healthy people died suddenly of a Stroke although they never possessed any symptoms or tell-tale signs like High Blood Pressure, Diabetes etc.

The next time you run to your local drug store for some cold medicine please check that it does not contain PPA! In the US, the FDA has stopped drug companies from using PPA in their prescriptions.

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About bokjae

A retiree and full-time home care-giver to my wife a stroke survivor. A graduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, working as Project Manager; and was in Senior Management (Executive Director) with a local Telecommunications Company for 22 years till retirement. Upon retirement I was attached to a Church serving as full-time lay leader, lay counsellor as well as in social or community work such as old folks home, drug rehab, orphanage.

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