DO YOU TAKE Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) WHEN YOU’RE SICK?


I am passing along the following information that was sent to me this morning by a close friend. It’s about a medication that is familiar to many of us. Note also the FDA’s comments at the end of the message.   I received this information from a friend whose mother recently passed away.  This message is NOT about my mother or my family. I am sharing as a point of information only. 
         
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              Subject: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) 
 
I would like to thank those of you who expressed condolences on the recent passing of my mother. She suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while she was driving home from my house at 7:30 and passed away at 8:30. My mother’s stroke and passing was an enormous shock to my family because she did not have any symptoms or risk factors for a stroke. Just the week before she had gone to her doctor for a check up and received a clean bill of health. She did, however, develop a cold while she was visiting me and had taken Alka Seltzer Cold Plus for 3 days. Since her passing, we have learned that Alka Seltzer is one of the many cold medicines that contains Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) which can cause hemorrhagic stokes or cerebral bleeding even with the first use. I am forwarding a list of other medications that currently use PPA. These medicines are supposedly being recalled but my mother just purchased this medication less than two weeks ago. Pharmaceutical companies have known about this danger for years, we unfortunately, did not. 
              
I urge you to review the list of medicines with PPA and avoid these medications. All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are dangerous. You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND. Please read this CAREFULLY. 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: 
              
Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant 
Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control 
Alka-Seltzer Plus Children’s Cold Medicine Effervescent 
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or ange) 
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original 
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent 
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine 
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent 
Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine 
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder 
BC Sinus Cold Powder 
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 Gelcaps 
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free 
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets 
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels 
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir 
Dimetapp Elixir 
Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels 
Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets 
Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets 
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops 
Permathene Mega-16 
Robitussin CF 
Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion 
Triaminic DM Cough Relief 
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head 
Triaminic Syrup ! ! Cold & Allergy 
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: 
      
Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink) 
3D Cold & Cough Berry 
3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant 
            
They are asking you to call them at 800-548-3708 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.              

To confirm these findings please take time to check the following: 
 
        
www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/ucm150738.htm
 
END OF ARTICLE

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Take Care With Re:Sist

Your immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and viruses. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our systems. In most cases, the immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy, but sometimes it can face serious challenges.

Help your natural defense system with Re:Sist, a unique combination of natural extracts and vitamins. The Re:Sist proprietary formulation contains ImmunXT™, a patented micro-algae complex recognized by leading clinical scientists as supporting a balanced immune system.

For over 10 years, botanical extracts and known immune stimulation products were researched and tested by leading research scientists at a major U.S. institution. A patented Bioassey testing procedure was developed in order to determine which botanical extract had the greatest potential to support the activity of the innate immune system.
During the research process, it was discovered that crude Arthrospira platensis had the strongest ability (at least 1,000 times greater) to balance and support the human immune system when compared to other known botanical immune stimulation extracts.
In order to produce the most powerful immunostimulatory compounds from Arthrospira platensis, a patented extraction process was developed and as a result, the ImmuXT extract was born.

ImmunXT is proven to be 1,000 times more active in stimulating macrophage activation as determined in human THP-1 cells, a significant immune system response when compared to other immunotherapy treatments. ImmunXT assists the innate immune system by boosting Natural Killer cell activity and increasing phagocytosis, the removal of pathogens and destroyed cell debris. Older adults have experienced increased production of Th cells, which increases the power of the adaptive immune system.

Benefits of Re:Sist:

  • Helps regulate and balance the cascade of body’s own immune responses
  • Boosts natural killer (NK) cell activity by 40%
  • Helps strengthen host immune system and enhance defenses

Take Re:Sist if:

  • You want extra support for your immune system

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A Unique Combination of Natural Extracts and Vitamins

  • The heart of Re:Sist is ImmuXT, a patented, clinically-tested, all-natural, micro-algae complex supplement that is extracted from Arthrospira platensis.
  • ImmunXT, the key ingredient in Immunitize RX, is an all-natural, plant-based extract – 100 % vegetarian
  • During the research process, it was discovered that ImmuXT, contained in Re:Sist had the strongest ability (1,000 times greater) to balance and enhance the human immune system when compared to other botanical immune stimulation extracts
  • Vitamin C. also known as ascorbic acid is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. One of its major functions is to help in the creation of collagen, a protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels
  • Vitamin C is essential to properly heal wounds and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. It is an antioxidant vitamin, helping to prevent damaging free radicals.
  • Vitamin C also assists in immune support by activating neutrophils, the most prevalent white blood cells that work as the frontline defense. It also seems to increase production of lymphocytes, the white blood cells important in antibody production and in coordinating the cellular immune functions.
  • Zinc is crucial for normal development and function of cells such as neutrophils and natural killer cells.
  • Zinc deficiency also affects development of adaptive immunity by preventing both the growth and certain functions of Th cells. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, the healing of wounds and the break down of carbohydrates and helps to maintain lymphocyte function.
  • Re:Sist contains a proprietary blend of herbal extracts including ImmuXT, Elderberry fruit extract, astragalus root extract, Echinacea extract, Reishi mushroom, Aloe barbadensis and Larch tree arabinoglactans. Our blend of extracts supports and maintains the immune system and includes antioxidants to prevent damaging free radicals.
  • Elderberry fruit extract contains natural antioxidants called flavonoids to protect the cells from free radical damage and anthocyanines which stimulate the immune system by supporting the production of cytokines.
  • Astragalus root extract supports the cytotoxicity and activity of NK cells and macrophages and increases T-cell activity.
  • Echinacea extract supports phagocytic activity of macrophages, thus keeping the immune system alert to any potential pathogens and helps to eliminate free radicals.
  • Reishi mushroom has antioxidant properties by eliminating hydroxyl free radicals and creates an antiviral effect by inducing interferon production.
  • Aloe barbadensis maintains the production of T-lymphocyte cells and supports phagocytosis.
  • Larch tree arabinogalactans supports NK cell cytotoxicity and increases the release of gamma interferon.

Consult with your health practitioner and/or pharmacist if you are using any medications.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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