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Medical Dangers of Recreational Viagra

Just like E and marijuana, Viagra is being used (and abused) by men who not only have no prescription for it but no erectile dysfunction (ED) at all. They do so to prolong an erection rather than to achieve it, as ED drugs are meant to do. In fact, Viagra (sildefanil) and other phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors are considered among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the US today.

What many of these abusers do not realize that taking a prescription drug for recreational purposes can be dangerous. Viagra has recently been linked to an increased risk of melanoma skin cancer, which had given rise to a number of lawsuits being filed against manufacturer Pfizer for failure to warn.

Aside from melanoma, non-ED Viagra users also increase their risk of exacerbating cardiovascular problems if they already experience cardiac issues such as chest pains, congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and exercise intolerance. The reason Viagra and similar drugs are prescription drugs is because they can pose real medical dangers when taken unadvisedly, such as recreationally.

But this doesn’t let Pfizer off the hook. While it may be argued that since non-ED sufferers should not have been prescribed with the product in the first place, there is also a very good argument that perhaps if Pfizer and other manufacturers for similar products had disclosed the risk they would not have taken the drug at all. Pfizer knew or should have known that there were such potential side effects associated with Viagra. As pointed out on the website of personal injury law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, this is part of their responsibility as a drug manufacturer.

If you have developed cardiac problems or melanoma from using Viagra or similar products, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a defective drugs lawyer in your area to find out more about filing a Viagra lawsuit.

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