May 21, 2011

Viagra downside: hard... of hearing

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The use of Viagra and related drugs might make pillow talk more of a challenge. Researchers have linked some cases of hearing loss to the use of so-called impotence drugs."Want to go again?" might be misheard as "want a goat at ten?". Passionate outbursts such as "Oh God!" might come off sounding like "Oh Gord!".

News that Viagra and other PDE-5 inhibitors have a downside in the form of possible hearing loss isn't altogether new. Earlier studies suggested that users doubled the chances of hearing impairment:Link

Reuters:

The study, based on a national sample of American men over 40, found that slightly more than one in six of those who did not take Viagra-like drugs -- for instance, Eli Lilly's Cialis -- were deaf or hard of hearing.

Among those who took the drugs, however, almost one in three had hearing loss, Gerald McGwin, an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, told Reuters Health.

Even after accounting for other factors linked to hearing loss, hard-of-hearing men still had twice the odds of taking Viagra...


A few years ago the FDA took steps to add warnings about possible hearing loss to impotence drugs based on reports of hearing problems experienced by users.

Recent research has turned up 47 cases of sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) linked to PDE-5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Symptoms include rapid loss of hearing in one or both ears. SSHL causes damage to the inner ear and can result in deafness.

Laryngoscope:

There is increasing evidence that PDE-5 inhibitors may induce sensorineural hearing loss via plausible physiological mechanisms. There needs to be more awareness of this disabling side effect among healthcare professionals responsible for prescribing this drug.


The FDA advises users to stop taking Viagra or related meds if they experience loss of hearing.

Maybe it's time to consider natural alternatives. Botany enthusiast Michael Ford claimed that an infusion of winter-flowering heather worked almost too well.

Viagra remains popular in some unexpected ways - especially with the CIA.

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