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December 2000 Issue

Appetite Suppressants May Cause Strokes

Manufacturers are pulling from shelves hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including appetite suppressants like Acutrim and Dexatrim and certain formulations of cold remedies like Dimetapp, Contac and Triaminic, because they contain the ingredient phenylpropanolamine (PPA). The Food and Drug Administration is drafting new rules to ban PPA because a five-year Yale University School of Medicine study found a small but significant increase in the risk of bleeding stroke among women using products containing PPA. In a second study, scientists reviewing

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