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Melanoma – The Unforeseen Side Effect of Viagra

By on September 23, 2016

For over two decades, Viagra has been seen as an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Prescribed to millions of men worldwide, Viagra and its generic equivalent, Sildenafil, remains the standard for individuals suffering from sexual dysfunction. In recent years, however, many studies have suggested a link between Viagra and melanoma, a severe and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. If you or a loved has taken Viagra in the past, you will find the following information to be extremely relevant.

How Does Viagra Work?

Viagra belongs to a class of drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors (phosphodiesterase 5). It is prescribed to men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, a condition that prevents a man from maintaining an erection, even when sexually stimulated. The body produces an enzyme known as phosphodiesterase type-5, which is known to have a major impact on the body’s ability to maintain a lasting erection. Viagra works by slowing down the effectiveness of this particular enzyme.

Viagra is also prescribed to men and women suffering from a condition known as pulmonary arterial hypertension. This condition occurs when the lungs have difficulty distributing blood throughout the body, which places additional strain on the heart. Viagra expands the blood vessels in the lungs, allowing blood flow to return to normal.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a rare and oftentimes deadly form of skin cancer. Its origins are not fully understood, but it is believed to form when skin cells known as melanocytes begin to mutate and spread throughout the body. Melanoma is most common in older adults over the age of 63 and individuals of Caucasian descent. Although the cancer is usually treatable if detected early, it still has the highest mortality rate of all skin cancers.

Studies on Viagra and Melanoma

In 2000, a study was conducted on 25,848 men who had taken Viagra or its generic equivalent. The researchers followed the men for a total of ten years and used a series of questionnaires to collect data over time. At the end of the study, the researchers compared the skin cancer rates of the subjects to those of the general population. They found that Viagra patients were more likely to develop skin cancer, in particular melanoma, than the general population.

We Can Help You

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with melanoma after taking Viagra, the attorneys at Farah & Farah are interested in your case. We are located in Jacksonville, Florida, and we have an extensive history of taking on pharmaceutical companies. Call us today at (904) 396-5555 to learn more about our legal firm and how we can help you.

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