PPA (Phenylpropanolamine)

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  What are the grounds for PPA litigation?
  What has been done so far with regard to PPA litigation?
  What options do I have if I have been affected by PPA?

  What are the treatments for the disorders caused by PPA?
  What are the dangers of PPA?

  Are there any safer alternatives to PPA?
  What could have been done to avoid the current situation?

  What is PPA and what is it used for?

 



What are the grounds for PPA litigation?

If you or someone you know has suffered stroke or other known side effects of PPA, you may qualify for monetary compensation. A qualified attorney who is familiar with the facts surrounding PPA, the risks for stroke, and the FDA warning can help you decide if litigation is right for you.  



What has been done so far with regard to PPA litigation?

A judge in Washington has ruled that the scope of the PPA problem is too large to be managed as a class action. Another court has ruled that PPA cases may proceed on an individual basis.


What options do I have if I have been affected by PPA?

You may qualify for monetary compensation if you can prove that you have been injured by PPA.


What are the treatments for the disorders caused by PPA?

Stroke, heart damage, hypertension, and psychosis are serious medical conditions. Treatment will vary depending on the extent of the damage. Hospitalization and long-term treatment is not uncommon.

See your doctor immediately if you have reason to believe that you may have experienced a stroke, heart attack, or other serious PPA side effects.


What are the dangers of PPA?

PPPA was recalled due to the risk of hemorrhagic stroke among people who used it.

PPA also has other side effects including:

  • acute psychosis
  • convulsions
  • acute renal failure (kidney damage)
  • heart damage
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)

In addition, PPA may also cause:

  • nausea
  • emesis (bed wetting)
  • anxiety
  • heart palpitations
  • paresthesias
  • tremors
  • tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
  • myalgias
  • reversible renal failure
  • increased intracerebral pressure

 


Are there any safer alternatives to PPA?

Since the removal of PPA from drug store shelves, other PPA-free products have been developed to treat symptoms. For weight loss, most physicians recommend a comprehensive approach including a healthy diet and good nutrition, regular physical activity, and behavioral change, with an emphasis on long-term weight management, rather than short-term extreme weight reduction.



What could have been done to avoid the current situation?

Suspicions regarding PPA were first raised in the early 1990's. No action was taken until several years later, when research conducted at Yale University School of Medicine confirmed that there was an increased risk of stroke associated with PPA.

Manufacturers could have:

  • warned consumers of the potential risk when it was first suspected
  • developed products that did not contain PPA
  • educated consumers about what to do with products that they already purchased

 


What is PPA and what is it used for?

PPA or Phenylpropanolamine (pronounced "fen-el-pro-pa-nol-a-mine") was at one time a popular ingredient in prescription and over-the-counter medications and diet pills. Although it has since been ordered off the shelves by the FDA, several products containing PPA may still be found in the personal medicine cabinets of many Americans.  The product was used primarily as a nasal decongestant to relieve stuffy nose, sinus congestion, and allergy symptoms.  It may also be found in older over-the-counter weight loss products that are used to control appetite. Products containing PPA may be identified by looking for "PPA (Phenylpropanolamine)" in the list of active ingredients on the label.  
 


 

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