Viagra Hearing Loss Confirmed

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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 5/20/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Viagra hearing loss is confirmed. The Viagra study reveals hearing impairment or loss when men take the erectile dysfunction drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has known about the side effect and has issued warnings since 2007. -snip-

Dr. Saunders doesn't recommend the drug to anyone who already has been diagnosed with ear problems.


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   Posted 5/20/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Could you please speak up? I can't understand it when people mumble.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Humm... Erection or hearing loss, which one do I want. Interesting article. Viagra does not work well for me (Cialis works slightly better). My side effort is sensitivity to the light after taking a pill.
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   Posted 5/20/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I always thought the REAL hearing loss with viagra was because of your partner's legs pinning your head and ears ... or other chesty stuff (family lingo) blocking your ears ....

That's what always happens to me -- can't hear a thing!
Age 59, 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
11/2008 Biopsy: 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed size 140+ cc (110 grams post op).
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03/2009 Levitra@20mg / Viagra@100mg/Cialis@20mg -- (nocturnal stirrings started 02-03/2010).
08/09-09/09,02-03/10 MUSE@1000mcg 80-90% (with some ache )
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   Posted 5/20/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Quote from the article: "The side effect can occur when men take high doses of the drug."

I have searched for more information, but could not find much more than in this article. Has anyone seen what is meant by "high doses"? Is that 50 mg and 100 mg or just 100 mg or is it for people who try to take more than 100 mg? As normal with news articles, they just state the high impact headline and not enough info to really know the dangers. Was twice the risk 1000 vs. 500 of the 10,000 plus men or was it 4 vs. 2? My guess is it is much closer to the 4 vs. 2.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
My question is, a lot of the people who take these medications have conditions like diabetes and artery disease. Are men with erectile dysfunction more likely to have hearing loss anyway? That is, an association between hearing loss and Viagra use doesn't mean that Viagra causes the hearing loss. However, the fact that they didn't see an association with Cialis or Levitra is concerning.

This is the article:

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 May;136(5):488-92.
Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor use and hearing impairment.

McGwin G Jr.

Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.

OBJECTIVE: To compare use of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) between participants with and without self-reported hearing impairment using logistic regression, with and without adjustment for potentially confounding sociodemographic, behavioral, and health-related characteristics. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: United States. PATIENTS: A population-based sample of 11 525 men 40 years or older (248,217,013 weighted men) in the United States, selected from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (2003-2006). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Self-reported hearing impairment. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of self-reported hearing impairment and PDE-5i use in each group was 17.9% and 2%, respectively. Men who reported hearing impairment were more likely to have also reported the use of any PDE-5i (odds ratio [OR], 2.23; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.36-3.66). However, this association was limited to sildenafil (Viagra) (OR, 2.05; 95% CI, 1.23-3.43); no significant associations were observed for tadalafil (Cialis) or vardenafil (Levitra) (ORs, 1.40 [95% CI, 0.49-4.04] and 0.88 [95% CI, 0.35-2.22], respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Current warnings regarding the risk of hearing loss related to PDE-5i use seems to be justified. However, the cross-sectional nature of the current study provides only limited insight regarding this relationship, and thus additional research is warranted.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Gives new meaning to "hard of hearing"
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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Jacketch, You nailed it! :-)

I'll have to try that. Maybe the quiet will help me sleep. I don't get any other benefit from it.

(By the way, I've got the audio test equipment if anyone wants to run an experiment or two.)

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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. That's something. I only know that Viagra works better for me than Cialis - but I have NO side effects with Cialis. With Viagra, I have to eat something first, and then within a hour or so we HAVE to get busy. A couple weeks ago I took a Viagra on an empty stomach, and we did NOT get busy - at all (we were interrupted), and I had the worse headache and felt generally crappy for rest of that day and all the next.

My wife kept telling me to take another pill. Good thing I couldn't hear her. (ha-ha)

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