The Connection Between Viagra And Melanoma

by Terry Bryant

The famous “little blue pill” is one of the most financially successful drugs of all time, but this may change now that a link between Viagra and melanoma has been demonstrated. Also known by its trade name sildenafil, this medication is best known for its treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), but it is now used for additional medical concerns, like pulmonary problems or altitude sickness. It is also abused recreationally by athletes and people who believe it can improve sexual performance, though this has not been proven at all.

The link between Viagra and melanoma was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in June 2014 and was the result of a decade-long cohort study into the drug. After following more than 25,000 patients who took the drug regularly for several years, researchers found an 84 percent higher risk of melanoma in people who took the medication. This is the deadliest skin cancer there is, killing many people every year. It is also highly aggressive, so it requires expensive and exhausting medical intervention.

This isn’t the first time Pfizer has faced legal concerns arising from its popular drug. In the past, sildenafil has been shown to cause cardiac events, as well as hearing and vision loss. This latest development, though, may be the most concerning of all, and will likely result in another wave of litigation against the company.