Recalled drug still may be in your house
By 02/08/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Many familiar cold medications have been recalled, along with a number of diet aids, because a common ingredient is causing strokes and seizures, even in children.
The ingredient is Phenylpropanolamine, which can show up as Phenylpropanolamine Hydrochloride or Phenylpropanolamine Bitartrate.
According to Shana Herring of US Drug Mart in Ferris, all products containing the ingredient have been removed from the shelves.
'They've recalled it all. It's all taken off the shelf - over the counter and prescription,' Herring said.
'Every drug and grocery store should have done this by now.'
Herring said she first heard of the problem in mid-November.
But Herring cautions the products may still be in your medicine cabinet at home.
Products containing Phenylpropanolamine include:
n Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant Plus Dietary Supplements
n Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
n Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent
n Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine (cherry or orange)
n Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine (original)
n Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine Effervescent
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Sinus Cold Powder
Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief
Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief Day & Night
Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
Contac 12-Hour Caplets
Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
Dexatrim Caffeine Free
Dexatrim Extended Duration
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
Dimetapp 4-Hour Liquid Gels
Dimetapp 4-Hour Tablets
Dimetapp 12-Hour Extentabs Tablets
Naldecon DC Pediatric Drops
Tavist-D 12-Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion
Triaminic DM Cough Relief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion
Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough
According to Herring, only one product so far has changed the ingredient and is back on the shelf. 'They took that ingredient out of the Robitussin CF,' Herring said.
'It says so on the bottle, and you can look on the reverse for the new ingredient.'