An AMPHETAMINElike agent available without prescription and approved for sale as an APPETITE SUPPRESSANT. It is used in over-the-counter diet products like Dietac, Dexatrim and Acutrim. PPA is also the deconges-tant in such cold remedies as Contac, Robitussin CF and Vicks Formula 44D. It is potentially harmful for those with high blood pressure.
PPA works by stimulating a type of adrenaline receptor to fool the body into thinking it’s full. According to the Food and Drug Administration, even the best studies show only about a half-pound greater weight loss per week using PPA combined with diet and exercise.