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Is Viagra safe? Side-Effects, Risks, Deaths & Lawsuits

You may be one of millions that have consumed Viagra (sildenafil) either through prescription by a doctor or from legitimate sources for recreational purposes.

Whilst sales of Viagra has declined significantly over last seven years, there has been a steady growth of people seeking for alternative natural herbal remedies which are believed to be potentially more effective and safe.

Between herbal remedies and lab-produced drugs, is the “blue-pill” Viagra a safer choice?

This answer may not be simple but our list of side effects, information on health risks and reported cases, death cases and lawsuits presented in this article will serve as a guide for you to make a better assessment on Viagra.

Here is a quick overview:

Note: Facts in this article are compiled from various credible sources such as WebMD, UK Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA), Skin Cancer Foundation and others. The information is intended to supplement your knowledge and understanding on Viagra and other generic viagra brands which contains sildenafil. Some of these side-effects have been widely published on Viagra’s official website. If you are in doubt, kindly consult your nearest doctor for advice. Please read our full disclaimer at the end of this article.

Common Side Effects

The sildenafil compound in Viagra was originally developed by Pfizer for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (chest pain due to heart disease).

When used to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you may experience notable and unavoidable side-effects.

The side effects below are taken from Viagra’s official website and other credible sources.

  1. An erection that will not go away (priapism)
  2. Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes
  3. Sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss
  4. Mild or severe headache
  5. Mild or severe diarrhea
  6. Nasal Congestion
  7. Nosebleeds
  8. Indigestion
  9. Muscle pain
  10. Flushing

The side-effects from Viagra varies from mild to severe – thus can potentially be detrimental to health depending on your past and present health condition.

Reported Cases and Fatalities

We investigate data from the UK Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on cases related to Viagra (including similar generic viagra products which contains sildenafil) up to 31st Dec 2019.

Here is what we found:

  • Total cases reported – 2580
  • Total Adverse Drugs Reactions (ADR) cases – 1341
  • Total fatality cases – 169

The recorded adverse cases related to Viagra consumption are predominantly from the following side-effects:

  • Cardiac disorders – 292 cases
  • Eye disorders – 193 cases
  • Nervous system disorders – 324 cases
  • Gastrointenstinal disorders – 131 cases

Based on the above statistics, the percentage of fatality cases (as a ratio of total cases) is relatively high at 6.5%

Viagra and Cancer

One of the side-effects of Viagra that gained worldwide attention is the risk of developing cancer known as melanoma based on evidence found in recent studies.

Study on 25,848 men using Viagra (sildenafil) showed higher risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma is a major public health problem, with 76,000 estimated new cases each year in the United States.

Here are quick facts on melanoma taken from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • The survival rate of melanoma patient is 63%
  • 192,310 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2019 / 2020.
  • 95,830 cases will be noninvasive and confined to the top layer of skin (in situ)
  • 69,480 cases will be invasive, penetrating into the skin’s second layer.

A 2014 report published in the Journal of American Medical Association linked Viagra use with elevated melanoma risk, news which prompted the FDA to put Viagra and similar drugs on a “watch list” of drugs that had possible safety risks.

Could this safety risk contribute to Viagra’s declining sales?

Viagra and Death Cases

Here are reports and news headline related to deaths which were allegedly linked to ED drugs (including but not limited to Viagra).

The death cases may be linked to other unknown health conditions, so please do not panic.

Nonetheless, the effect of Viagra on your health from near to medium term vis-à-vis the current reported side effect cases and links to cancer warrant your attention.

Lawsuits on Viagra

There were 800 to 1000 lawsuits filed on Viagra-related cases through the federal court in the United States. As of April 2019, there more than 900 melanoma lawsuits remained pending in the federal court in the Northern District of California.

You can refer to the lawsuits against Viagra here.

The high number of lawsuit cases begs the question of safety on Viagra users around the world.

 

  • Hearing Loss – In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration requested modification of Viagra’s label to include a warning about sudden hearing loss. This came after 29 reported cases of men suffering unexpected hearing loss and lawsuits against Pfizer.
  • Vision Loss – Despite Pfizer’s claim that Viagra does not cause blindness, men who experienced sudden vision loss after taking the drug also filed lawsuits against the manufacturer. At one point, the FDA reported 38 cases of Viagra users suffering from a condition called Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) that caused vision loss.
  • Heart Issues – Some of the first lawsuits against the makers of Viagra involved heart issues. As a result of the sudden drop in blood pressure, Viagra had been linked to possible heart complications like cardiac arrest.
  • Melanoma – The Viagra Melanoma Lawsuit is Case No. 3:18-cv-02139-RS in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, San Fransisco Division.

FDA Safety Warnings on Viagra

Here are announcements from the USFDA on Viagra since 2005 to tighten regulations on safety.  

 

  • October 2005:A petition required a black box warning for erectile dysfunction drugs Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Cialis) and Vardenafil (Levitra). Though less severe warnings had already been added, a black box was not added.
  • 2005:The FDA ordered to add a warning to the drug’s label about vision loss.
  • October 2007: Changes were requested in the label to include warnings about sudden hearing loss associated with the drug when 29 reports of patients who experienced sudden hearing loss within hours to two days of taking Viagra were received.
  • 2012:The FDA advised that Revatio (Sildenafil) should not be prescribed to children ages 1 through 17 for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), or high blood pressure in the blood vessels leading to the lungs. 
  • 2014:The FDA issued an update and clarification of its earlier recommendation suggesting that it was up to the health care professionals to consider whether the benefits of treatment are likely to outweigh the potential risks to their patients.
  • 2019-2020: The FDA is yet to recall Viagra from the medical market.

Last Thoughts

Viagra has long been the main treatment for ED patients and to improve sexual libido. Until today, Viagra continues to command the largest market share despite declining sales and series of lawsuits, multiple health warnings and risks.

In recent years, you will notice health care professionals are beginning to form a more balanced view on Viagra considering its side effects and health risks – perhaps largely due to the number of reported cases or complaints by patients.

On that note, you will enjoy this video by Dr. James Meschino from Canada – a leading expert in nutrition, anti-aging, fitness and wellness. His thoughts on Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and other herbal alternatives summarize everything you just read in this article.

We hope this provides more than sufficient information. Please consult your nearest doctor or and bring this discussion on board with family and friends. Ultimately, the final decision is entirely in your hands!

Are you seeking for alternatives? Read more about herbal remedies that are used to treat EDs and improve libido here.

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3 Responses

  1. Very well articulated, specific and with great learning points in terms of Viagra side-effects. Thank you very much for your research job. This is really intelligible! Please do making more blogs like this piece. This is really helpful than doctors who are partially saying the fact and also shoving you to make a decision so that the drug companies will avail more than you in the end.

  2. Great read, interesting and informative article. Highly worth the read. I was never quite sure of Viagra or it’s side effects but this has really helped open up a new world to me. I look forward to reading more articles like this. 🙂

  3. Upon reading this article, it is quite scary how much adverse effect viagra can have on our health for the name of sex performance. Personally for me, apart from having a healthy lifestyle and diet, I aid it with natural supplements such as tongkat Ali in my coffee. Have been doing for months, all I can say is, although natural herbs don’t work as fast as chemical drugs Viagra, is it much better for the long terms on our health.

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