Viagra, otherwise known as sildenafil citrate, is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and other conditions in male patients. The treatment was created by Pfizer and became available on the market in 1998. Viagra is prescribed in oral tablets and is one of the most common forms of erectile dysfunction treatment available today.
Viagra Use and Melanoma
Recently, a study found that men using Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction are 84% more likely to develop melanoma than men who did not take the drug. If a man had ever used Viagra in his lifetime, the risk of developing melanoma was about twice as high than for those who never used the drug.
The April 2014 study was conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and included nearly 26,000 participants. The research confirmed that men who are taking or have taken Viagra are at high risk for developing melanoma, even when researchers adjusted for a family history of skin cancer, ultraviolet light exposure in the states where the men lived, other kinds of cancer and major illnesses and other factors.
Other Harmful Side Effects Associated with Viagra Use
Viagra is used in many countries across the world, despite reports of serious side effects, including:
- cardiac events
- decreased blood pressure
- sudden death
Your Legal Options
Men who have developed melanoma or other serious medical conditions after using Viagra are encouraged to speak with an experienced attorney to determine if they are eligible for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a loved one has been affected, do not hesitate to contact Brayton Purcell LLP today.