GENERIC NAME: PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE - ORAL (FEN-ill-pro-puh-NOLL-uh-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Accutrim, Dexatrim
USES: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is used to treat nasal congestion associated with the common cold, allergies, hay fever, or other respiratory illnesses (e.g., rhinitis, sinusitis). It has also been used as a nonprescription diet-aid for weight loss.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than directed. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Long-acting (delayed-release) products must be swallowed whole. Do not crush or chew. When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing; your treatment may also be stopped or changed. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, dry mouth, restlessness, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: irregular heartbeat, vision problems, rash, nervousness, increased nasal congestion. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: one-sided weakness, slurred speech, confusion, chest pain, difficulty urinating. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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