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Written by Avvo Staff | Jul 21, 2010

Dangerous Drug: Levitra Risks & Lawsuit Information

Levitra is one of the popular medicines prescribed for treating erectile dysfunction and impotence. It is often used to stimulate or sustain sexual drive in men. The drug is jointly marketed in the US by GlaxoSmithKline plc, Schering-Plough Corporation, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Risks, Adverse Reactions, and Side Effects

Common side effects associated with Levitra include: headaches, nasal congestion, sinusitis, back pain, dyspepsia, flushing of face, indigestion, dizziness, facial oedema, palpitation, hypotension, rash, itch, abdominal pain, priapism, problems with eyes and vision, muscular pains, joint pains, abnormal heart rate, and vomiting sensation.

As of recently, more grave side effects and risks are now being associated with this drug.

Some research has pointed that Levitra, and other PDE5 enzyme inhibitors (like Viagra and Cialis), can increase the chances of men getting heart attacks, especially those men who already have cardiovascular problems. At times, Levitra may even lead to permanent impotence. Such cases of impotence, and heart attacks are, however, very rare.

The other risks associated with this drug include damage to optic and auditory nerves leading to blindness and deafness.

According to a 2005 FDA health alert, people taking Levitra may be at risk for developing a condition called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). This condition can lead to sudden loss of vision, including blindness. The effect of Levitra on auditory nerve came to light subsequently prompting the US FDA to issue a similar warning in 2007 about risks of deafness from Levitra.

Levitra Claims, Lawsuits & Settlements

There are no current lawsuits against the manufacturers of Levitra. However, due to the prior FDA alerts issued regarding the adverse side effects of sudden blindness and hearing loss, a lawsuit could be filed in the future.

Because the first erectile dysfunction drug on the market was Viagra, many related lawsuits have been brought forth against its manufacturer, Pfizer. The initial Viagra lawsuits were regarding injury from cardiac events, however not all of them were successful. For instance the court in an early New York case ruled against an $85 million suit brought forward by a 60-year-old man who had suffered a cardiac arrest while taking Viagra. The judge ruled that he had failed to prove the heart attack was caused by taking the drug.

How to Get Legal Help

Many lawyers, and attorneys offer legal help in cases where a patient has suffered severe injury as a result from taking a drug or if the drug was incorrectly prescribed by the doctor. To find out if you have a valid case, you should seek out a personal injury attorney who specializes in product liability cases. The attorney will let you know if you have enough evidence to prove that Levitra caused your injuries and the amount of damages you might be able to recover. Do not wait to have this evaluation; your state has a limit on the time (statute of limitations) you have to file a product liability lawsuit from the time the injury was incurred.

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