Viagra® Side Effects Can Be Serious

Viagra® has been associated with serious side effects, including melanoma, and our attorneys offer victims a free case assessment to determine eligibility for compensation. Manufactured by the big drug company Pfizer, Viagra® was approved by the FDA back in the 1990s to treat erectile dysfunction, or ED. The drug’s popularity rose quickly, and to this day is one of Pfizer’s top drugs. Since the early 2000s, however, Pfizer has faced a number of lawsuits regarding the serious risks associated with the drug, including a heightened risk for melanoma. If you or a loved one has suffered dangerous Viagra® side effects after taking the drug, an attorney from our San Diego, CA, law firm can discuss the legal options available to you. 

Viagra® Side Effects

As with any drug, Viagra® comes with a long list of mostly tolerable, but undesirable, side effects. These side effects may include headache, nausea, back pain or muscle pain, indigestion, and more. While unpleasant, none of these side effects are serious, life threatening, or life altering. Unfortunately, those are not the only side effects associated with the drug. 

Since the early 2000s, Pfizer has faced a number of lawsuits regarding the serious risks associated with the drug, including a heightened risk for melanoma.

More than Your Typical Drug Side Effects

Other, more serious side effects associated with Viagra® include:

  • Blurred vision and/or vision loss in one or both eyes, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Temporary or permanent impaired hearing or complete hearing loss
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Heart attack and stroke

An older man suffers severe chest pain as a side effect from Viagra use

Viagra® has alarming side effects that can have a serious impact on one’s quality of life.

As a result of the numerous reports of such serious side effects, the FDA has required the addition of several black box warnings to the drug’s label. The black box warning is the FDA’s strongest warning before recalling a drug or medical device. 

Risk of Melanoma

In addition to the serious side effects listed above, a recent 2014 study has found that taking Viagra® increases a man’s risk of developing melanoma. This is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and the study shows it increases risk by more than 80%. While survival rates are high when the cancer is detected and treated early, melanoma is a fast-spreading cancer, making it one of the most dangerous. Melanoma is most prevalent among men over the age of 50, which is the primary demographic for Viagra® use. 

Lawsuits Against Pfizer

Pfizer is facing countless lawsuits regarding the serious side effects associated with their most popular drug. Until recently, many of the lawsuits against Pfizer involved the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as hearing and vision loss. With the recent research citing increased risk of melanoma, these lawsuits are on the rise. These claims are all in the beginning stages, so class action suits have not been formed as of yet. 

Our skilled attorneys can analyze the details of your case to determine if an individual lawsuit is your best course of action. We will pursue compensation for the diagnosis and treatment of your cancer, as well as your pain and suffering throughout the entire process. If you lost a loved one to melanoma, we will help secure financial compensation to ease your economic burden and your loss of companionship. 

Take Legal Action

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma after taking Viagra®, you may qualify for compensation. Contact San Diego Injury Lawyer today to set up a free case evaluation.