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Viagra Lawsuits

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The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma, a dangerous and potentially deadly type of skin cancer, and studies show that men using Viagra to treat sexual dysfunction may actually be 84% more likely to develop melanoma, compared to men not using the medication. In light of this information, Viagra attorneys across the country are investigating claims filed on behalf of former Viagra users who believe they may be entitled to financial compensation for their melanoma skin cancer injuries. If you took Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction, and you have since been diagnosed with melanoma or another serious side effect, contact a skilled Viagra attorney today for legal help. With a qualified drug injury lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.

Possible Side Effects of Viagra

Viagra (sildenafil) is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, a condition characterized by the inability to maintain an erection. Since Viagra was first introduced in the United States in 1998, it has become one of the most popular and widely-recognized erectile dysfunction drugs on the market. However, mounting research has established a link between Viagra and a number of serious potential side effects, including:

 

  • Melanoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Non-arthritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)
  • Persistent erection
  • Muscle pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Due to a potential risk of serious side effects, Viagra underwent several warning label changes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 and 2007, following reports of Viagra users experiencing serious problems like sudden vision or hearing loss.

 

 

Link Between Viagra and Skin Cancer

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in April 2014 that found men using Viagra have a significantly increased risk of developing melanoma skin cancer. In the study, researchers examined data from more than 25,000 participants in the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study, and found that, when compared to men not using the erectile dysfunction drug, men currently taking the medication had an 84% increased risk of developing melanoma, while men with a history of Viagra use had double the risk. According to their findings, researchers noted that Viagra’s active ingredient, sildenafil, appears to lower levels of a cancer-fighting protein called PDE5A, which could potentially elevate the invasiveness of melanoma cancer cells.

Viagra Lawsuits

According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is diagnosed in about 69,000 Americans every year, and causes roughly 8,650 deaths annually. Men diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer after using Viagra may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against Viagra maker Pfizer Inc., in order to pursue financial compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you have been diagnosed with a major side effect like melanoma, and you believe the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra to be the cause, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous medications, and can help put you in touch with a reputable product liability lawyer who has experience handling Viagra melanoma claims.

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