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Long doses of Viagra may help men lose weight, but be at greater risk of side effects

A new Viagra side effect discovered in laboratory rats has researchers testing men to see if the drug can help them lose weight. Researchers discovered that mice that were given Viagra over a long period of time were less likely to become obese even when they were fed fattening foods. Further testing on those mice revealed that the drug caused changes in body fat that translates to calories being used for energy rather than stored as fat. We get fat when we consume more calories than we burn. But how can you burn more fat? It turns out that not ... Read More

Viagra – especially in high doses – can cause dangerous side effects

A British man proved that too much of a good thing can be dangerous to your health. Thirty-six-year-old Daniel Medforth swallowed an entire bottle of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra to get a rise out of his friends. But the laughter died down when he became ill. He was overcome with dizziness and everything around him turned green. “And I had a massive erection that would not go away,” he said. Medforth’s un-amused wife sent him to the hospital, where he was admitted for observation for 36 hours. His erection lingered a total of five days. Hospital staff were quick to ... Read More

Viagra side effects earn spot on UK’s ‘Yellow Card Scheme’ list

Viagra may be effective at helping men achieve and maintain an erection, but the benefit of an improved sex life may come at a price. The little blue pills have been associated with more than 2,000 side effects in the United Kingdom since the drug was approved there in 1998, earning it a spot under the European drug regulator’s “Yellow Card Scheme,” a list that acts as an early warning system for the identification of previously unrecognized reactions. Viagra side effects that have been reported include flatulence and incontinence, swollen testicles, hemorrhoids, hiccups, sweating, skin breakouts, yawning, baldness and nasal ... Read More

Deceased man’s estate sues Viagra maker over melanoma-related death

The wife of a deceased Tennessee man is suing Pfizer Inc., alleging the pharmaceutical company’s erectile dysfunction drug Viagra caused her husband’s melanoma-related death. The lawsuit was filed by Tina M. Stockton, on behalf of the estate of David Stockton, who died Sept. 9, 2008, from a pulmonary embolism consequent to metastatic mucosal melanoma, according to his death certificate. David Stockton began taking Viagra for erectile dysfunction in 2000 and continued with the medication through 2007. The lawsuit claims that had the deceased known that using Viagra would put him at risk of developing the deadly skin cancer he would ... Read More

Study: Viagra most effective for ED, but carries many side effects

Viagra is the most effective treatment for men who cannot get an erection, but users suffer more side effects while taking the drug compared to other erectile dysfunction treatments, according to a large analysis published in the journal European Urology. Men who have trouble getting or keeping an erection have a variety of medication options. The first to hit the market was Viagra (sildenafil) followed by Cialis (tadalafil), Levitra (vardenafil) and Stendra (avanafil). The drugs are in a class of medications known as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, or PDE5 inhibitors. The drugs work by relaxing smooth muscle, allowing the penis to ... Read More

Viagra users should use sunscreen, limit sun exposure

The warmer season brings many people back outdoors to soak up the sun’s rays, but some people should be more vigilant than others about using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer. Studies show that men who currently use or have ever used the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra are at much higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Viagra, known generically as sildenafil, is in a class of drugs known as phosphodiesterase 5A (PDG5A) inhibitors. This class of drugs also includes Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil). The medications affect the same genetic pathway that allows skin cancer ... Read More

New studies show risks, benefits of ED drug Viagra

The mechanism that allows the drug Viagra to improve erectile dysfunction may also provide other benefits as well as risks, a new study has found. Viagra, which contains the active ingredient sildenafil, was found in animal studies to relieve nerve damage caused by diabetes. The condition, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, is a common but life threatening health complication in diabetic patients, and in some cases leads to amputation. A new study published online in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS ONE supports earlier studies that show Viagra may ease nerve pain by improving blood supply to the sciatic nerve. ... Read More

Sharpton takes credit for Viagra in Rubenstein’s home

The Rev. Al Sharpton has taken responsibility for the little blue erectile dysfunction pill Viagra found in civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein’s apartment. The dug was found while cops were investigating a woman’s claim that Rubenstein raped her after Sharpton’s 60th birthday party. While Rubenstein was later cleared after a three-month investigation, the question still remains, how did Sharpton’s Viagra end up in Rubenstein’s home? Sharpton says he is “unembarrassable” and that the story was a lame attempt to turn the spotlight away from his police brutality message. “Whatever they say, I did it – and more,” he said. “Now ... Read More

Science explains link between Viagra use and melanoma

The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known generically as sildenafil, works by relaxing smooth muscle through the increase of blood flow. While this helps men perform in the bedroom, it can also accelerate the growth of deadly skin cancer by increasing blood flow to the cancerous cells, giving the cancer an advantage by feeding it. This may explain why a large, long-term study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that men who use Viagra had an 84 percent greater risk of developing melanoma. The risk remained in men who had taken the drug but discontinued use. Melanoma is the most deadly ... Read More

ED drug Viagra increases risk of melanoma

Cancer Network, a community for physicians and health care professionals, warns that men who use the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known generically as sildenafil, have an 84 percent increased risk of developing melanoma, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Viagra is in a class of medications known as phosophodiesterase (PDE) 5A inhibitors. These drugs affect the same genetic pathway that allows skin cancer to be more aggressive. A team of researchers led by Wen-Qing Li, PhD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital set out to determine whether this association would cause men who used Viagra to be ... Read More