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Viagra Side Effect: Heart Problems and Lowered Blood Pressure

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved sildenafil citrate (Viagra) for use by the public on March 27, 1998. Over the next decade, Viagra became the most commercially successful pharmaceutical drug on the market. By October 2014, 1.8 million Viagra pills had been taken by approximately 35 million people.

Although this drug has proven to be effective for treating erectile dysfunction, it also has some serious side effects, not the least of which is the risk of a sudden drop in blood pressure leading to heart attacks and strokes in cardiac patients. Viagra can be fatal when combined with certain common heart medications.

At Farah & Farah, we have been representing injured people for more than three decades. We do not believe that big pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to put corporate profits before personal safety under any circumstances. Our Viagra lawyers are currently investigating cases nationwide involving individuals who have been injured by Viagra.

History of Viagra and Heart Disease

Sildenafil (Viagra) was originally designed to treat cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure because of its ability to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow. According to an article on BioMed Central, this drug was originally tested for treating heart problems, which it produced only modest results. However, when patients began reporting the unexpected side effect of better erections, the focus and use of this drug shifted rapidly.

After Viagra went on the market for treatment of impotence in 1998, early reports of cardiovascular events and sudden death among men who were using it had a dampening effect on public enthusiasm for the “little blue pill.” Many doctors stopped prescribing sildenafil for men with heart disease.

Large studies were then conducted to investigate the link between Viagra and potentially fatal cardiac incidents. A study published by the Journal of Family Community Medicine in 2001 states that, in combination with nitrates, Viagra can and has caused fatal hypotension (low blood pressure).

In an ACC/AHA Expert Consensus Document published on Circulation, medical experts state that when a patient who has taken Viagra within the last 24 hours suffers an acute cardiac ischemic event (involving restriction of blood supply to the tissues) and is treated with nitrates, a sudden, potentially fatal drop in blood pressure could occur. This document also states that Viagra is potentially hazardous to patients with:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary ischemia (restriction of blood supply to the tissues)
  • Borderline low blood volume
  • Low blood pressure

Legal Help for People Suffering Heart Problems Associated with Viagra

If you or your loved one has suffered an injury from taking Viagra, it is in your best interest to speak with a pharmaceutical litigation attorney as soon as possible. The law only allows limited time in which to take action in a product liability claim.

At Farah & Farah, we are zealous advocates for people injured by pharmaceuticals and determined to help our clients seek justice. Contact us by phone at (800) 533-3555 or using our online form to find out if you have a case.


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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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