Viagra

Viagra (sildenafil) was launched by Pfizer in 1998 as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) and quickly became one of the best-selling drugs in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. From its initial release in 1998 until 2014, Viagra has been the leading choice for ED treatment among men.

How Does Viagra Work?

Viagra, also known as “the little blue pill,” is a prescription drug used to treat ED by increasing blood-flow to the penis. Viagra was originally developed in hopes to treat cardiovascular disease, but during initial clinical trials was discovered to be a possible treatment for ED.

Viagra is a PDE5 inhibitor, known to help increase blood flow to several areas of the body, specifically the lungs and penis. By inhibiting PDE5—an enzyme that slowly breaks down the smooth muscle cells lining blood vessels that supply blood to the body—Viagra can increase blood flow to areas in the body where PDE5 is present.

Viagra’s Popularity

Since its FDA approval and availability via prescription from a primary care physician, Viagra has been hailed as a miracle drug by some. Viagra has been shown to work for approximately two-thirds of men, with varying degrees of success in treating or eliminating ED, particularly in middle-aged or older men.

Within the last decade, Viagra has become increasingly popular in younger men for recreational use.

With its popularity as an ED treatment in older men, and growing use among younger men, Pfizer made an estimated $1.8 Billion in revenue from Viagra in 2013.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer with 9,700 deaths per year, has been linked to Viagra use. The findings are based on a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in June 2014.

The JAMA study found men who took Viagra were 84% more likely to develop melanoma over a 10-year period compared to men who did not use Viagra. Other research found that Viagra users developed melanoma at a twice the rate of those who did not take Viagra.

Read More: Signs and Symptoms of Melanoma

What Can I Do?

The recent discovery of a possible link between melanoma and Viagra use could be significant to you or your family. If you have used Viagra and been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

Filing a Viagra Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has developed melanoma after taking the drug Viagra, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the Viagra lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on this page.

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