Viagra Side Effects

Viagra has several side effects that have been discovered since the drug was approved by the FDA in March of 1998. Viagra has since been linked to a side effect that is not listed on the FDA-mandated warning label, melanoma.

In 2012, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine discovered a possible link between the popular Pfizer drug Viagra and melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, which results in nearly 10,000 deaths annually.

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 Viagra users developed melanoma at a twice the rate of those who did not take Viagra.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, common signs of melanoma include:

  • one half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other;
  • mole edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred;
  • mole color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue;
  • the mole is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this; and
  • the mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

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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