Cough, Cold, Weight Loss Drug Dangerous

Even common products that are available without a prescription (over-the-counter) can be dangerous if used improperly.

With all the choices of over-the-counter products available in the marketplace, it is increasingly difficult to select the proper product(s) for you and your family. To help you in your decision-making process, the MedicineNet.com Doctors and Pharmacists have provided an easy-to-follow format to help you understand which products may work better for specific conditions and how to choose the products that are most appropriate for your needs. We recommend our references in Making Sense of Over-The-Counter Products as an excellent resource when you are uncertain of how the ingredients in common over-the-counter remedies may affect the symptoms you want to treat.

Because of the urgency broadcast by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the widespread use of the product phenylpropanolamine, we are republishing below the actual FDA Health Warning for MedicineNet.com viewers.

--Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com


FDA ISSUES PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING ON PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE

November 6, 2000--FDA, today, is taking steps to remove phenylpropanolamine from all drug products and has requested that all drug companies discontinue marketing products containing phenylpropanolamine.

FDA today issued a public health advisory concerning the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding into the brain, associated with phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride.

Phenylpropanolamine 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.