FDA Requiring Hearing Loss Warnings On Viagra, Cialis, Levitra

Stop doing that or you’ll go deaf! That’s the new warning (sort of) the FDA will require on popular anti-impotence drugs, spurred after a published report of a man who suffered sudden hearing loss after taking Viagra. The FDA took a look at side effect data and found 29 cases since 1996 where men suffered from similar hearing loss after taking one of the three drugs. “In two thirds of the cases, the hearing loss was ongoing, the agency said.” A drug to treat pulmonary hypertension, Revatio, will also receive the warning because it contains the same ingredient as Viagra.

There’s still no clear evidence that taking the drugs actually causes hearing loss. “We don’t know enough to say that it’s ironclad caused by the drugs, but we see enough to say we can’t ignore it either,” said an FDA doctor.

Viagra already includes a warning about this on their label.

“FDA warns Viagra tied to hearing loss” [MSNBC]
“FDA adding hearing loss risk for impotence drugs” [Reuters]
(Photo: Getty)

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  1. netbuzz says:

    You get some AND you don’t have to listen to her anymore? What’s the problem again?

  2. DrGirlfriend says:

    You can either have a working penis or working ears, you can’t have it all. That’s the price you pay.

  3. A drug to treat pulmonary hypertension, Revatio, will also receive the warning because it contains the same ingredient as Viagra.

    Well, Viagra was developed to treat enlarged hearts so that makes sense.

    I wonder why it would cause hearing loss though. Busting the small arteries and veins in the ear?

  4. ElizabethD says:

    Your photo for the win.

  5. nan says:

    The men can’t hear any of the women telling them to knock it off. Well, that’s just GREAT.

  6. BigNutty says:

    What’s next? Is Viagra going to cause you to gamble more like a drug ad I saw on TV the other day?

    What about my favorite side effects listed on many medications today: “MAY CAUSE DEATH”

  7. WV.Hillbilly says:

    What?

  8. Hinomura says:

    I seriously doubt this warning will deter men from taking Viagra or any other impotence medicine. I mean c’mon if you had a choice between hearing and sex you know you’d totally refer to yourself as the Bedroom Beethoven.

  9. Buran says:

    @rkfong: Drug side effects are nothing to laugh at. If you take a drug without carefully considering all the side effects, you’re an idiot.

  10. harshmellow says:

    I’m pretty sure Rush Limbaugh lost his hearing because of Viagra. But I think he was able to get it fixed…

  11. scamcorp says:

    So, the FDA can allow this and marijuana is still just not safe to consume. FDA just loves its corporations!

  12. mrearly2 says:

    If the FDA were doing their job, they would ban most drugs and even the remainder would be used sparingly. Drugs (at least, the man-made ones) are poisons and have very limited use.
    Instead, the FDA caters to the drug companies to maximize their profits, until the cost of lawsuits against them (the druggers) outweighs the profits–then we hear about how the FDA is working to “protect” (victims) of drug companies’ poisons.

  13. jmprbob says:

    We Americans are wonderful. 29 reported cases of hearing loss in over 10 years, most temporary, cause a warning to be posted on the labels of ED Drugs. The only warning on alcoholic beverages which are known to cause more deaths, injury and disease(cirrhosis,etc.) than any drug in the world, is that drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Duh!

  14. ChristineS says:

    Probably there are certain risk factors contributing to this side effect. Looks like it occurs pretty rare.