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Study Sees Hearing Loss Risk from Impotence Drugs

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Viagra and similar impotence drugs are linked to sudden hearing loss among users, a new study suggests.

A study published in the journal The Laryngoscope, examined patients taking Viagra, and similar drugs for erectile dysfunction, who experienced sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). SSHL is a rare, emergency condition caused by damage to the inner ear structures, which can lead to permanent hearing loss, reported NursingTimes.net.

Researchers in Britain from Charing Cross, Stoke Mandeville and Royal Marsden hospitals surveyed drug regulation and safety agencies in Europe, North and South American, and Australia, for cases of SSHL in men and women taking erectile dysfunction drugs, also called PDE-5 inhibitors.

According to researchers, PDE-5 can widen blood vessels, which is implicated in the development of hearing loss. Study results showed 47 cases of SSHL associated with patients taking PDE-5 drugs, with two-thirds of the cases occurring within 24 hours of taking the drug. The results also revealed that in over 50 percent of cases the patients were taking the infamous, blue pill Viagra, reported NursingTimes.

Despite these results, only eight cases of SSHL were reported in the UK, says NursingTimes. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), who oversees the safety of drugs, said complaints of hearing loss linked to Viagra are extremely rare but further research is needed corroborate the study’s results.

In the May 2010 issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham discussed findings that Viagra was linked to onset hearing problems.

Survey data included more than 11,500 men over the age of 40 collected by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality between 2003 and 2006, reported USAToday.

Gerald McGwin, study author and a professor of epidemiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health found that men who used PDE-5 drugs had twice the risk of developing SSHL versus those who did not.

“It appears from these findings that the current government warning regarding hearing loss and the use of PDE-5i medications is warranted,” said McGwin. He stressed more research is needed but advised patients taking the drugs to become aware of risk.

In 2007, reports regarding hearing loss prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to adjust labeling of PDE-5 drugs to reflect the risk of hearing loss.

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