LEGAL GUIDE
Written by Avvo Staff | Jul 21, 2010

Dangerous Drug: Dexatrim Risks & Lawsuit Information

Dexatrim is a diet supplement that assists with weight loss and is available over-the-counter. Dexatrim's safety and effectiveness have not been approved nor evaluated by the FDA.

Dexatrim Claims and Lawsuits

In 2001, Dexatrim products were recalled due to its active ingredient phenylpropanolamine (PPA) , which over time became strongly associated with the increased risk of stroke and a rare and often fatal disease called primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). PPH results in the progressive narrowing of the blood vessels of the lungs which as a result causes high blood pressure in these blood vessels and eventually leads to heart failure.

The year after, the Food and Drug Association (FDA) recalled all products (including those of Dexatrim's) containing the ingredient ephedra. Ephedra was found to have serious and harmful side effects such as stroke, heart attack and even death.

Dexatrim is still available as an over-the-counter supplement under several different names, however PPA and ephedra have since been removed from its ingredients. There were many lawsuits filed in federal courts prior to the removal of PPA and ephedra. Complaints involving Dexatrim use included: wrongful death, permanent medical damage and damage to the nervous and cardiovascular system.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one have taken Dexatrim with PPA or with ephedra and you have been diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension or fell victim to a stroke, then you may have a right to legal action against the manufacturer of Dexatrim. Many personal injury lawyers (who specialize in product liability) can help determine if Dexatrim's manufacturer can be held liable for damages.

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