blue-pillsAttorneys at Atkins & Markoff are investigating claims on behalf of men who have used Viagra and have been diagnosed with the dangerous skin cancer, melanoma. Viagra, generically known as Sildenafil Citrate, has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma over the last several months. Men throughout the country are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of Viagra, claiming the company neglected to warn users that skin cancer is a possible side effect.

Viagra was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 1998 and is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. The drug is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies who is headquartered in New York City. The FDA issued several label changes for Viagra due to information about serious side effects beginning in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, there were numerous reports of users experiencing sudden vision or hearing loss.

Viagra May Increase Men’s Chance of Developing Skin Cancer

screening the skin of a man with molesIn April 2014, a Journal of the American Medicine study found that men who use Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction were at a noticeable increased risk of developing melanoma. In this study, researchers reviewed data from roughly 25,000 participants in a follow-up study performed by the Health Professionals. This data showed that, when compared to men not using Viagra, men who had used the erectile dysfunction drug in the past were twice as likely to develop melanoma. With this, men currently taking Viagra were at an 84 percent increased risk. This study was conducted between 2000 and 2010, showing the wide scope of men affected. Researchers believe that Viagra may increase the risks of melanoma because the components of the drug allows skin cancer to be more invasive in the body.

Other negative side effects of Viagra include:

  • Blurred vision
  • An erection that lasts more than 4 hours
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Skin rash

Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits

pfizerIf you or a loved one has developed melanoma as a result of taking Viagra, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our attorneys will go over your case and discuss your legal options with you, helping determine if you have the right to file a Viagra lawsuit at Pfizer. Research indicates that Pfizer knew about the potential link between Viagra and melanoma as far back as 2011 when a study was published indicating that Viagra may be the vehicle for melanoma cell invasion. The failure of Pfizer to release this information is why it is important for you to contact our law firm today and take legal action at once.