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ALERT: Drug Recall – Children Medications

Posted on: July 28, 2009

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Re : Drug Recall

(Original message sent by Dato’ Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Gleneagles Hospital)

Dear all,

Please take the time to send this message to your loved ones, family and friends. Print it out and put it up in your office for public reading!



All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being recalled. You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND. Please read this CAREFULLY, as I know that some of you may USE some of these drugs (Alka Seltzer Plus for one). Also, please pass this on to everyone you know. STOP TAKING anything containing this ingredient. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicine.

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:

1) Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant Plus Dietary Supplements

2) Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control Alka-Seltzer Plus

3) Children’s Cold Medicine Effervescent

4) Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or orange)

5) Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold ! Medicine Original

6) Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent

7) Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine Effervescent

8) Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent

9) Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine Effervescent

10) BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder

11) BC Sinus Cold Powder

12) Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief

13) Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief

14) Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules

15) Contac 12 Hour Caplets

16) Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus

17) Dexatrim Caffeine Free

18) Dexatrim Extended Duration

19) Dexatrim Gelcaps

20) Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free

21) Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets

22) Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels

23) Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir

24) Dimetapp Elixir

25) Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels

26) Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets

27) Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets

28) Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops

29) Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion

30) Triaminic DM Cough Relief

31) Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion

32) Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy

33) Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

I just found out and called the 800# on the container for Triaminic and they informed me that they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children:

1) Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)

2) 3D Cold & Cough Berry

3) 3D Cough Relief

4) Yellow 3D Expectorant

They are asking you to call them at 1800-548-3708 with the lot number on the box so they can send you postage for you to send it back to them, and they will also issue you a refund. If you know of anyone else with small children, PLEASE PASS THIS ON. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. DO PASS ALONG TO ALL ON YOUR MAILING LIST so people are informed. They can then pass it along to their families. To confirm these findings please take time to check the following URL:>


1 Response to "ALERT: Drug Recall – Children Medications"

This drug recall is a hoax.

1. Dr Jemilah Mahmood is the President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) & not a doctor from Gleneagles Hospital.

2. FDA did issue this health advisory in Nov 2000. Since then, pharmaceutical companies selling products in the US have indeed removed phenylpropanolamine from their products.

In fact, the FDA’s Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Information Page advises that people ignore these emails and check the labels of individual medications instead:

“FDA is aware of emails circulating widely that list many products allegedly containing PPA. These emails, however, generally contain dated and inaccurate information and should be ignored.”

Here is the updated advisory:

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