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Viagra and Its Possible Side Effects

Viagra Lawsuits for Side Effects

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The medication Sildenafil Citrate was discovered by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and introduced to the public as Viagra in 1989. Touted as a miracle cure for erectile dysfunction, the medication quickly became a huge seller. In 2008, Viagra sales reached $1.934 million in the United States. Pfizer recruited high profile pitchmen to sell the drug, including former Senator Bob Dole and soccer legend Pele. Though it proved to be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension (a type of high blood pressure), adverse side effects were soon reported.

Reported Side Effects of Viagra

The following side effects have been associated with the use of Viagra:

  • Cardiac concerns: Viagra can cause sudden decreases in blood pressure, leading to heart attacks and strokes. It is vital that you discuss the risks of using Viagra with your physician if you have a history of heart trouble.
  • Vision problems: Some men who have taken Viagra have experienced sudden vision loss or severely blurred vision. The medication has been shown to cause Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (blockage of blood flow in the eye). While this condition is usually temporary, there are concerns about possible long term vision damage.
  • Hearing loss: Viagra has also been linked to sudden hearing loss in hundreds of cases. Research is incomplete, but scientists believe the medication may set off a chemical reaction leading to sudden hearing loss in one or both ears. While no permanent deafness has yet been reported, there is concern about long term damage Viagra may cause to one’s hearing.
  • Melanoma: Most recently, Viagra use has been linked to the deadly skin cancer melanoma. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that men who used Viagra were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma over a period of 10 years. The results of the study have yet to be duplicated, so Viagra has not been proven a cause of melanoma. But, the study shows a strong connection between the medication and that form of cancer.
  • Other side effects: Dozens of less severe side effects have been reported by men who use Viagra. These can include the following:
    • Muscle aches and pains
    • Nosebleed
    • Diarrhea
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Flushing and redness of the skin
    • Headache
    • Indigestion
    • Insomnia and difficulty sleeping
    • Elevated body temperature
    • Dizziness
    • Ringing in ears
    • Excessively prolonged erections

Do I Have a Viable Claim Against Pfizer?

Pfizer has faced many lawsuits regarding Viagra. This includes a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the estimated 24 million men who have used the medication since it came on the market. To find out if you have a possible claim, first document all your injuries and symptoms, then contact a qualified drug injury attorney.

Compensation for Damages in a Viagra Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have suffered ill effects from Viagra use, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Lost wages due to time off from work
  • Long term side effects
  • Permanent injury or disability

Compensation for Damages in a Viagra Related Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Viagra use has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and cancerous melanoma. These are all issues that can cause fatalities. If you’ve lost a spouse, partner, or other loved one due to Viagra use, you and your family may pursue compensation for any of the following damages:

  • All related medical bills (including hospital and hospice care)
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of future benefits (such as medical and retirement benefits)
  • Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, consortium, etc.
  • Loss of household duties the deceased provided or performed (such as childcare, property maintenance and repairs, chores, etc.)

Get Help to Fight a Giant

If you have suffered side effects from taking Viagra, you need the representation of a pharmaceutical litigation attorney. Pfizer is one of the largest companies in the world. It has no shortage of funds or lawyers on its side. The legal team at Farah & Farah has represented personal injury victims for over 30 years. We can help.

Getting settlements for our clients isn’t just our profession, it’s our passion.

Farah & Farah requires no upfront charges to take your case, we only collect fees if we win you damages.

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The pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah go after negligent corporations that put unsuspecting consumers in harm's way. Pharmaceutical companies not only have a duty to manufacture drugs that are safe, but they also have the obligation to warn consumers regarding dangerous side effects that can be caused by these drugs.

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