Viagra does a body ... bad?

3.17.2009

By Noah Michelson

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At this point in our socio-sexual-medical history it seems like scoring Viagra is easier than scoring the guy with whom you'd like to use the wonder drug. No longer is the Rx sought after purely by the AARP set -- now it's not uncommon for men of all ages to gulp down the little blue pill to guarantee things go smoothly -- and stiffly -- in the bedroom (or pup tent or minivan or locker room).

But beware! The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recently released a long list of unanticipated -- and horroifying -- side effects that supposedly "popped up" among men after taking Viagra in the UK including:

> 243 heart disorders -- 133 heart attacks, 44 of those fatal

> 31 cases of priapism (erections that last much longer than expected or wanted -- up to six hours!)

> 2 cases of the rare condition known as Peyronieis disease or "bent nail syndrome" where the penis begins to look U-shaped (God help us!)

Other reported side effects involved two men who claimed the drug made them deaf, seven men who claimed it made them blind, one who said it made him foam at the mouth and another who said he lost control of his legs. There have also been instances of Viagra-related flatulence, toothaches, and hiccups.

Of course it's yet to be proven that any of these claims are true and even if they are, that they were actually caused by taking Viagra -- but still -- it's worth considering the next time you debate looking in the medicine cabinet for a little help -- or recreational fun -- below the belt.

Previously > Zac Efron talks condoms

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