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Dangers and Sources of Phenylpropanolamine – What You Need to Know

Posted Nov 13 2013 8:45am

obamacare2 Obamacare has been in the news recently – only this time, for all the wrong reasons. It’s also one of the reasons why Obama’s job ratings have dropped drastically to the point where more people distrust him as opposed to those who don’t.

How did this happen over the last year? Is it the problem that plagues every second term President? He did look very convincing and popular to me – and just about everyone else.

But his healthcare plan – not really, considering how integral the passing of this bill is to the success of his career as a politician.

Rather embarrassingly, six people signed up for Obamacare on the first day of the website being launched but of course, the numbers caught up over the next few days.

Although it seems as if a number of uninsured people will finally get healthcare, they’ll have to wait, thanks to a unprofessionally designed website unable to handle a large number of applications being filled in at the same time.

It’s also been the butt of jokes for a while now, by entertainers but I hardly think it’s much of a disaster compared to times when medication in general is taken off shelves.

Take for example, phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride (PPA), which was discovered to be harmful, and for which, all medication containing this compound had to be taken off the shelves.

The Dangers and Sources of Phenylpropanolamine
cyanide In fact, it was the FDA that recalled all medication off shelves that contained this compound in November 2000.

The reason: a risk of hemorrhagic stroke was revealed in but most of all, it was even more dangerous for the reason that the FDA couldn’t determine who was at risk.

A number of pills at the time contained this compound, were used to treat disorders such as appetite control, flus, cough, dietary supplements, cold and sinus infections.

Thanks to a report called the Hemorrhagic Stroke Project, the FDA decided to take immediate action while not only refunding the money of those who bought this medication but also instructing companies to start producing the pills mentioned earlier without this compound as well.

You can find the list of pills (in other words, the potentially dangerous sources) that used this compound before it was recalled at this link .

As for the study that was conducted with 702 patients, the conclusion was unanimous, one of the primary dangers of phenylpropanolamine was the occurrence of sub-arachnoid or intra-cerebral hemorrhage. The only people to suffer from this condition were women between the age of 18 and 49.

You can read more about this this study at this link if you wish to.

But the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke isn’t the only danger associated with this compound. It goes back as far as the sixties where studies found that complications such as acute mania, paranoid schizophrenia, organic psychosis, emesis, tachycardia, reversible renal failure, palpitations, myalgias, paresthesias, tremor, anxiety and nausea occurred with the use of this compound in drugs.

Yet thanks to the ‘timely’ action of the FDA, this issue is now history…

In Closing
So, are there any anecdotes or stories that you would like to share about the dangers and sources of phenylpropanolamine ? If so, feel free add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on the strangest health policies in the US .

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