Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Erectile dysfunction meds may have permanently damaged a man’s vision

A man drank an erectile dysfunction medication he bought online straight from the bottle with serious side effects Man Took Too Much Viagra That He Started Seeing Red... Permanently
Samantha Long | 07 October, 2018, 17:24

As expected, Pfizer, owner of Viagra brand and producer of sildenafil citrate, kept itself out of this event but they offered a short statement to clear up some news reports blaming Viagra for the incident. But despite receiving treatment for more than a year, the man continues to experience red-tinted vision.

The patient said he took a liquid dose of sildenafil citrate, an ingredient in drugs like Viagra.

The study, which examines erectile dysfunction drugs and their impact on vision, is based on the case of a 31-year-old patient who visited an urgent care complaining of red-tinted vision that failed to go away after two days.

The story of the man who now has a permanent red tint to his vision after overdosing on Viagra was covered in Retinal Cases and Brief Reports.

According to the medical staff from the Mount Sinai Hospital, the man drunk an enormous amount of sildenafil citrate "direct from the bottle", so he suffered "structural changes" at the retina level, as the doctors reported.

In a statement, a doctor said the case "shows how unsafe a large dose of a commonly used medication can be".

"While we know colored-vision disturbance is a well-described side effect of this medication, we have never been able to visualize the structural effect of the drug on the retina until now", said Dr. Richard Rose.

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"Patient was found to have cone photoreceptor damage, demonstrated using electroretinogram, optical coherence tomography, and adaptive optics imaging", the study reads.

His official diagnosis was "persistent retinal toxicity", the report concluded.

Erectile dysfunction medications are nothing new - you're unlikely to make it through an evening of prime time television without seeing at least a couple ads for various chemical cocktails that enhance male virility - an neither are the side effects.

But the takeaway message is still the same.

"People live by the philosophy that if a little bit is good, a lot is better".

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