Wouldn't it be nice if the FDA didn't have a de facto ban of phenylpropanolamine, with the current attempts to get it removed from all products and the recent proposed rule to reclassify it as nonmonograph (Category II) not generally recognized as safe and effective. :-( But like with albuterol, this medication is one for which many people would gladly accept the small added risks of hemorrhagic stroke if they could use it, since not all products are interchangeable.
But I am not a physician.
I don't know exactly what phenylpropanolamine is, but most all drugs do seem to have side effects, it's part of the trade off. In a free society we make our own choices, in an authoritarian society, choices are made by authority, I guess.