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The Dangers and Sources of Phenylpropanolamine

Posted Mar 17 2011 8:04am

English, in being the commonly used business language around the world, has a special trait that is perhaps not commonly found in other languages. No matter what you do, where you live or what other languages you speak… the English language with general meaning can be adopted to create a new workspace language.

Take for example the word known as 'chemistry'. In matters of love, it is used to describe how two people get along in a relationship (and very easily too!) but at another level, it's a discipline in education that starts at high school all the way to the doctorate, and has several applications in the real world that helps us in ways such as helping us to relieve pain all the way to getting old to get a hard-on that can only be described as 'unnatural'.

Speaking of pills, syrups and so on and so forth, there are compounds that have been prepared to suit the purpose of both man and animals (in the form of pets, of course) and that have been in the news for all the wrong reasons such as Phenylpropanolamine (PPA).

Well, the main purpose of using this compound in medication is assist people in the form of a decongestant and an appetite suppressant in humans while also being used to control urinary incontinence in bitches as a veterinary drug.

But why the controversy, one might ask?

Sources of Phenylpropanolamine

According to a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration in 2005, all medication containing this compound was requested to be removed off shelves, and whoever had bought this medication either for use or in bulk were allowed to get a refund for the same.

And the reason for this drastic action was based on a study that revealed shocking results in regards to the effects that this compound was causing when people used it regularly.

In analyzing the condition of 702 patients between the ages of 18 to 49 years, it was gathered that the occurrence of a sub-arachnoid or intra-cerebral hemorrhage within 30 days was more than possible, and rather obviously, dangerous.

But between the men and women in this study, it was the fairer sex that were found to be far more susceptible to a hemorrhagic stroke due to blood pressure irregularities if they used medications that contained this compound.

Some of the medication that were removed off the shelves were: Alka-Seltzer Plus, BC Sinus Allergy and Cold Powders, Comtrex pills for fever, flu and cold congestion, Contac 12-hour capsules & caplets, Coricidin for cold, flu and sinus, Dimetapp tablets, Elixir and Liqui Gels, Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops, Permathene Mega-16, Robitussin CF, Tavist-D, Triaminic syrup for cold, Acutrim Diet Suppressants, Dietary Supplements and the Dexatrim Caffeine free diet pills and Gelcaps.

The Dangers with PPA

PPA has had a long history with controversy, and the dangers associated with it does not stop with a hemorrhagic stroke but also extends to acute mania, paranoid schizophrenia, and organic psychosis (as was found in studies in the 1960s) along with other complexities such as emesis, tachycardia, reversible renal failure, palpitations, myalgias, paresthesias, tremor, anxiety and nausea.

And one wonders what this compound has been doing in these drugs for so long now, anyways?

In Closing

When one comes across instances such as this, this only adds value to the conspiracy theories about pharmaceutical companies being nothing more than legalized drug peddlers, and while this might sound a bit dark, the truth is that there's more than meets the eye – and perhaps, this compound has brought that fact out into the open.

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