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Date:12/14/2007

nd increase blood pressure."

Barrett is concerned that if the dose of phenylephrine is too high, it will result in increased blood pressure and other cardiac side effects.

"If applied to tens of thousands of people, you will get cardiac arrhythmias, some of them fatal," Barrett said. "The FDA may need to see studies of tens of thousands of people to see the severity of side effects, and the drug companies may not have the money to do that."

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For more about colds and flu, visit the American Lung Association.



SOURCES: Leslie Hendeles, Pharm.D., professor, pharmacy and pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville; Bruce Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, family medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Dec. 14, 2007, statement, Consumer Healthcare Products Association; Associated Press


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