Viagra Lawsuits

Diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer since taking Viagra?

For years now men of all ages of experienced complications with Viagra and other similar PDE5 inhibitors. The more serious side effects are ranging from heart complications, strokes, blindness and loss of hearing. As many as 10% of all men who use the drug have experienced at least one negative side effect. Recently however, additional side effects have been discovered including melanoma skin cancer. If you have developed melanoma while or after taking Viagra, you need to talk to a lawyer! Give us a call toll free at (888) 471-8787.

What is Viagra and how does it work?

Viagra Lawsuits Emerging Over The Little Blue PillViagra (Sildenafil) is a PDE5 inhibitor developed by the pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer. Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors work at the onset of sexual arousal by blocking the phosphodiesterase enzyme, relaxing the muscles and increasing the blood flow to the penis. Drugs in this category are prescribed by doctors for a condition known as erectile dysfunction. Typically Viagra takes around a half an hour to start working and the effects usually last for a few hours.

Well-known Viagra side effects

There are many side effects of taking Viagra, while Viagra lawsuits are typically centered around the link to melanoma skin cancer, there are other side effects the users need to be aware about, which include:

  • Blurry or impaired vision and vision loss
  • Chest pain and risk of heart attack
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Hearing loss or impairment
  • Painful erections for extended durations
  • Rashes & other allergic reactions
  • Upset stomach

Exploring the Viagra and melanoma link

A recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine clearly outlines how Viagra has almost doubled the risk for developing melanoma skin cancer for those have been prescribed the dangerous drug since it’s 1998 FDA approval. A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School and Women’s Hospital have studied data collected for the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study in 1986. The studied data includes 25,848 men who took Viagra over ten years.

According to the final report published in June of 2014, 5.8% of all participants had used Viagra recently. During the study period, there were 142 cases of malignant melanoma. The recent use of Viagra was attributed to an 84% increase in risk of developing skin cancer, almost double the risk versus non-users. The study also found that even when Viagra was taken for a short period of time, men were at higher risk of developing melanoma. While Viagra is in the spotlight as the most popular PDE5 inhibitor drug, other PDE5 inhibitors such as Cialis (Tadalafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil) may be linked to melanoma as well.

Do I qualify for a Viagra lawsuit? Should I take legal action?

Pfizer has faced hundreds of Viagra lawsuits over the years for conditions ranging from heart attacks and strokes, to loss of vision and arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy, which can lead to blindness. Although these specific conditions have been proven, and many victims of the drug sought legal action in the past, there are now labels on the drug that warn of these possibilities, and therefore lawsuits are not commonly successful in these areas. However, because the link between Viagra and melanoma skin cancer is relatively recent, and no labels were present at the time the drug was prescribed, victims who have been diagnosed with melanoma at the time of use or after using Viagra may be entitled to compensation. To determine whether or not you should pursue a Viagra lawsuit, you need to speak with our experienced personal injury lawyers today!

You can get in touch regarding a potential lawsuit related to Viagra and melanoma by filling out the form to the right on this page or simply give us a call toll free at (888) 471-8787. There will be no fees until or unless our lawsuit or litigation is successful, give Clear Injury a call today to discuss your case, we’re here for you in ways the little blue pill could never be!