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Viagra and Blindness

On July 8, 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new labeling for the erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, which would warn patients and healthcare providers of a potential link between the drugs and varying degrees of vision loss. The re-labeling was prompted by 43 reports of vision problems - including blindness - among those taking these medications. Researchers have attributed the reported occurrences of vision loss to NAION (non arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy), a rare condition in which blood flow is prevented from reaching the optic nerve.

Viagra and Hearing Loss

On October 18, 2007, the FDA approved labeling changes for erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs in the class that includes Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra, to display more prominently the potential risk of sudden hearing loss and to guide consumers on what to do if they experience sudden problems with their hearing.

A case report in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Laryngology & Otology involving sudden hearing loss in a man taking Viagra prompted the FDA to search the FDA’s Adverse Events Reporting System for instances of hearing loss. The FDA found a total of 29 post-marketing reports of sudden hearing loss, both with and without accompanying ringing in the ears, vertigo, or dizziness. In most of the cases, the hearing loss involved one ear. The hearing loss was either a partial or complete loss of usual hearing. In approximately one third of cases, the event was temporary. In the remainder, the hearing loss was ongoing at the time of the report or the final outcome was not described.

What are the other Side Effects of Viagra and ED Drugs?

Side effects resulting from Viagra or other ED drugs such as Cialis and Levitra range from mild to severe. They may include headaches, rash, upset stomach, mild dizziness or nausea, and temporary back pain and muscle aches.

More serious Viagra side effects include priapism (an erection lasting more than four hours which can cause damage to the penis), irregular heartbeat, stroke, angina, or lowered blood pressure.

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