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VISION LOSS AND ED DRUGS – TRACING THE RELATIONSHIP

by: nayalbugs

The wonder pill - Viagra - continues to generate heat both on and off the bed even after 8 years of its regular supply in the market.

The results of Viagra have astounded and silenced the bitterest of its critics, yet controversy seems to be the middle as well as the last name of 'Viagra'. The latest to hit the news is a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, funded by Research to Prevent Blindness Inc. and the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama, that indicates men with a history of heart attack who use the erectile dysfunction (ED) medications -- like Viagra or Cialis -- may be at increased risk for vision loss.

The study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology links the use of ED drugs with Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischaemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION), a condition affecting up to 6,000 people each year in the US alone. Known as the "stroke of the eye" in the medical parlance, NAION can cause vision loss in one or both eyes. NAION is the result of insufficient blood flow to the optic nerve head, damaging the nerve and leading to permanent vision loss.

This is not for the first time that studies have indicated a relationship between Viagra and vision loss. In fact, FDA is apprised of the situation and continues to monitor the contra-results of the drug since 2005.

Various consumer groups have taken up cudgels against the manufacturers of the drug -- Pfizer Inc. Public Citizen Group advocates the need for stronger warnings on the packaging of ED drugs about the risk of blindness.

However, despite the strong indications of serious side effects of the drug, the online pharmacies continue to register bumper sales of Viagra online. People prefer to buy Viagra online mainly due to the availability of cheap Viagra in the cyberspace. Many online pharmacies offer Viagra online at a heavy discount. Viagra still proves to be an effective antidote for the disgruntled couples and they are prepared to take an extra risk in order to satisfy themselves.

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