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Viagra-Type Drugs Linked to Skin Cancer

New York University researchers report that men who take a certain class of drugs to deal with erectile dysfunction are significantly more likely to develop a malignant form of skin cancer than non-users. Based on medical data for 20,000 Swedish men from 2006 to 2012, they determined that those who had gotten even one prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs that contain phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, one of which is Viagra, were 21 percent more likely to be diagnosed with a malignant melanoma than those who never had. How the drug and the disease are linked is unknown, and because more frequent use of the drug does not raise the melanoma risk, the researchers caution against avoiding such erectile medications unless further studies establish actual causality.

More at Dailymail.co.uk | Posted 2 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Viagra As Possible Weight-Control Aid?

Tags: Erectile Dysfunction Drugs, Viagra, Viagra and Cancer, Side Effects of Viagra, Skin Cancer Causes

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Don't Blame the Blue Pill

Thousands of Men Treated Yearly for Priapism

Thousands of men are treated for priapism, a painful condition in which an erection lasts too long and may permanently harm the penis, finds a new study. While the condition is not “a massive problem,” according to Dr. Daniel Stern, chief resident, urology, Northwestern University, it is “more common than we thought” with an estimated 10,000 cases seen annually. Viagra and other impotence pills, despite their warnings of four-hour erections, are not often responsible. Instead, sickle cell disease, in which red blood cells become deformed and may cause blood in the penis to thicken and not be able to drain; injections for impotence or no apparent cause at all may be to blame. Priapism is treatable by flushing out the stagnant blood and, as one might expect, the treatment is not pleasant.

More at Http://consumer.healthday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Approves New Erectile Dysfunction Drug

Tags: Erectile Dysfunction, Impotency, Northwestern University, Sickle Cell Anemia, Viagra, Priapism, Potency Pills, Dr. Daniel Stern

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Shutters 1,677 Websites

FDA Cracks Down on Online Sales of Fake Drugs

More than $41 million in illegal medications have been seized by US and international regulators in an ongoing attempt to stop the sale of counterfeit drugs sold over the internet. The FDA also said it used federal court warrants to shut down 1,677 websites that trafficked in counterfeit drugs. Investigators visited the websites and used undercover IDs to order the drugs that they said often arrived with no directions for use and were in different strengths than those available in the US. Some of the drugs included Avandaryl for diabetes and versions of Levitra and Viagra. Regulators warn buyers to beware and avoid websites that offer steep discounts from a drug’s regular price, those that contact you through spam email and those that don’t require a prescription to fill your order.

More at Www.abclocal.go.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Counterfeit Drug Ring Busted in China

Tags: Counterfeit Drugs, Diabetes Drugs, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Internet Scams, Levitra, Viagra, Internet Drug Sales, Avandaryl

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And Not Just from the Exertion

Viagra As Possible Weight-Control Aid?

Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany report that the drug sildenafil, known more popularly by its commercial trade name, Viagra, may not only act to offset the weight-gain produced by a fatty diet, but can also boost the body's conversion of white fat cells -- bad -- into brown fat cells -- beneficial. It was previously found that lab animals that were fed Viagra along with a high-fat diet were less likely to become obese than a control group, and the new research finds that Viagra speeds up the rate at which white fat, the kind associated with belly flab and poor health, is converted into brown fat, which is known to burn energy and help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers caution, however, that Viagra is not prescribed for the purpose of weight control. Indeed.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Viagra May Cause Hearing Loss

Tags: Viagra, Viagra and Weight Loss, Viagra Helps Burn Fat, Viagra As Diet Drug, Sildenafil and Weight Control

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Faster Acting Than Viagra

FDA Approves New Erectile Dysfunction Drug

Avanafil, a new fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug, has received FDA approval. The drug, to be sold under the brand name Stendra, acts faster than its competitors Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Patients should take Stendra 30 minutes prior to sexual activity although it worked in as quickly as 15 minutes in clinical trials. Viagra typically works in about an hour. Stendra, like other ED drugs, increases blood flow to the penis, but it may have fewer side effects including headaches, back pain and nasal congestion. Stendra should not be taken by men who take nitrates due to the chance of a sudden drop in blood pressure. And, yes, the warning to see a doctor if your erection lasts longer than four hours is the same for Stendra as it is for the other drugs in this category.

More at Http://today.msnbc.msn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: ED Increases Risk of Death from CV Disease

Tags: Cialis, Erectile Dysfunction, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Viagra, Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Levitra

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Opposite Effect Good for Heart

Viagra Relaxes Protein in Heart Cells

New research shows that Viagra increases the elasticity of myocardial cells in people with diastolic heart failure by causing an intercellular protein to relax. It begins when Viagra inhibits the enzyme phosphodiesterase 5 A which elevates levels of a molecule called cGMP that acts as a messenger and activates protein kinase G which adds phosphate groups to several proteins, a process known as phosphorylation. Titin, which researchers compare to a rubber band, is the protein that reduces stiffness in the heart walls when phosphorylated. Fifty percent of people over 60 years old hospitalized because of a weak heart have diastolic heart failure and there are no current heart medications that successfully treat it. Human clinical trials are already underway to determine if it works in people.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Scientists Using Old Drugs in New Ways

Tags: Heart Failure, Viagra, Titin, Phosphorylation, Cardiac Disease, Phosphodiesterase 5 A

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Something Old Is Something New

Scientists Using Old Drugs in New Ways

Drugs currently approved to treat certain diseases have the potential to treat others based on research that examined the genetic profile of 100 diseases and paired them up with drugs that reverse the profile. This concept is called drug repositioning and it has led to some interesting discoveries. Cimetidine, a drug used to treat ulcers, has been shown to inhibit the growth of some lung cancer tumors. Researchers have also discovered that the anti-seizure drug topiramate alleviates symptoms due to Crohn’s disease. Another example is Viagra, which not only treats erectile dysfunction but has been shown to work against pulmonary hypertension. The complete results reported in two studies can be seen in the August 17 online edition of Science Translational Medicine.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Smokers on Metformin Decrease Lung Cancer Risk, Insulin Improves Memory in Early Alzheimer's

Tags: Science Translational Medicine Journal, Viagra, Drug Repositioning, Cimetidine, Topimarate, Ulcer Drug Treats Some Lung Cancers, Antiseizure Drug Reduces Symptoms of Crohn's Disease, Science Translational Medicine, Genetic Profile of Disease

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Viagra, Cialis in Fake Drugs

Fake ExtenZe Contains Prescription Ingredients

Fake ExtenZe pills contain the active ingredients in Cialis and Viagra, tadalafil and sildenafil, warns the FDA. The counterfeit product resembles the authentic dietary supplement ExtenZe, which is used for male sexual enchancement. However, the fake ExtenZe pills contain the hidden prescription ingredient tadalafil or a combination of tadalafil and sildenafil, which may be harmful to consumers. The counterfeit packages contain lot numbers LOT 1110075 or LOT F050899. The FDA warns that the fake ExtenZe pills could cause interactions with other medications, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. The FDA says that there's a growing trend of dangerous products with hidden drugs or chemicals marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss, body building or sexual enhancement.

More at FDA | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Depression Drug Side Effects Not Reported

Tags: Cialis, Erectile Dysfunction, Sildenafil, Viagra, ExtenZe, Tadalafil, Warning About Sexual Enhancement Pills

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Vigor-25 Contains Viagra

FDA Warns on Male Sex Supplement Because It Works

Usually when the Food and Drug Administration warns consumers about male sexual performance dietary supplements, it's because they falsely claim effectiveness that they don't have. But with Vigor-25 the FDA is warning consumers about it because it actually works. Vigor-25 contains unlabeled and unapproved sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, which can be purchased only with a prescription. Vigor-25 (like Viagra) can interact with prescription drugs like nitroglycerin and dangerously lower blood pressure, according to the FDA. They are investigating the possible association of Vigor-25 in the reported death of a 26-year-old man. Vigor-25 claims to only contain "natural ingredients" and is sold on the internet and possibly in some retail stores.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Getting Closer to Female Viagra, Retired Dog Fight Pitbull on Viagra

Tags: Dietary Supplements, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Viagra, Vigor-25, Sildenafil

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Surf the Internet for ED Meds

Fewer Than One-Third of Men See a Doctor for ED

More than half of men over the age of 40 are affected by erectile dysfunction. Yet, fewer than 30 percent seek medical help, finds Professor Mike Kirby whose research appears in The Journal for Sexual Medicine. In an observational study of 11,889 men across Europe to learn how men suffering from ED obtained a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor such as Viagra or Cialis, Kirby found that approximately one-third of them ordered it via the internet without seeing a physician. Kirby estimates that about six million men have circumvented the healthcare system to treat their ED, but cautions against using unapproved medical treatments and foregoing “medical followup for unrecognized cardiovascular disease often seen in combination with ED."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Tags: Erectile Dysfunction, Erectile Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease, Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitors, Viagra, Professor Mike Kirby, The Journal for Sexual Medicine, Cialis

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No, It's Not a Tarantino Movie

Retired Dog Fight Pitbull on Viagra

A heartworm afflicted pitbull in New York named Ingrid is being kept alive thanks to Viagra pills donated by anonymous, flacid male fans. Ingrid has had a hard life. Formerly a bait dog used to incite dog fights, she was then abandoned to a life tied to a fence. Diagnosed with heartworm, a severe heart condition, and 14 pounds of abdominal fluid, the veterinarian suggested Viagra as a last-chance solution. The Viagra has opened up Ingrid's blocked heart vessels, allowing her blood to circulate more freely and improve her abdominal edema. Caregiver Jodi Record solicits the Viagra from donors and says, "If every man in America that has Viagra sends one pill to Ingrid that will be keeping her alive for several years." Shelter workers are seeking a permanent home for Ingrid.

More at Long Island Press | Hat tip to NBC New York | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Pitbull, Pit Bull, Ingrid, Viagra, Heartworm, Heart Worm, Edema, Jodi Record

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