Cialis Lawsuit

Cialis (tadalafil) is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) as well as symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate). It has recently been linked to an increased risk of Melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.

Cialis is currently ranked #51 in sales for all U.S. pharmaceuticals, generating over $2.3 billion in revenue for its manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Co.

Does Cialis Cause Skin Cancer?

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 found that men who used the erection-enhancing drug sildenafil (Viagra) were 84% more likely to develop melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, over a period of 10 years.  Although this study focused on Viagra, the two drugs are very similar and a number of reports of Cialis induced skin cancer have surfaced.

What is Cialis?

Cialis (tadalafil) is a vasodilator produced by drug giant, Eli Lilly and Co. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003 as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) as well as symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate). For ED, Cialis is used prior to sexual contact, in order to achieve and maintain an erection. For an enlarged prostate, Cialis is to be taken in smaller doses, as directed by a healthcare professional. In recent reports, it has been reported that there is an increased risk of developing melanoma when taking Cialis (tadalafil).

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer, characterized by an unusual growth of a mole or irregular discoloration of the skin. This happens when the pigment producing cells known as melanocytes become cancerous. The primary cause of melanoma is UV sunlight.

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What does Melanoma look like?

Melanoma usually presents itself in the form of an irregular mole. A healthy mole is typically an evenly brown or tan color with a diameter of no more than 6mm (½”). Most moles are present from birth and will remain the same size and shape for the majority of your life. This is important to note because if you notice any mole changing in size, shape or coloration, that mole has probably become irregular. This is the main warning sign, or symptom, of melanoma. Doctors recommended that you regularly examine your moles using the “ABCDE” checklist outlined below.

How can I tell if I have Melanoma?

Only a trained healthcare professional can properly diagnose Melanoma. However physicians recommend the “ABCDE” checklist of symptoms to determine if a doctor’s visit is necessary:

  • Asymmetry
  • Borders (irregular edges and corners)
  • Color (variegated)
  • Diameter (greater than 6 mm, about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Evolving over time

If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you see your doctor immediately.

Does Cialis cause Melanoma?

In June of 2016, the FDA announced that it was evaluating the need for regulatory action regarding Phosphodiesterase (PDE)-5 inhibitor drugs such as Cialis. This warning came in response to recent reports linking drugs like Cialis to an increased risk of melanoma.

What are the side effects of Cialis?

The use of Cialis comes risks. Below is a list of side effects associated with the use of Cialis (tadalafil).

Common Side Effects

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Sinus pain, sore throat
  • Muscle pain

Serious Side Effects

  • Ringing in your ears or sudden hearing loss
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Melanoma / Skin Cancer

Has action been taken against Cialis / Eli Lilly and Co.?

Minnesota’s Eye Witness 5 News reported that a Ramsey County resident is suing Indiana-based Eli Lilly and Company, manufacturers of the drug Cialis. His lawsuit states,

“No individual prescribed to use Cialis would believe or be expected to know that his use of these drugs would expose him to an increased risk of developing melanoma or exacerbating the growth of melanocytes already present in his body,”.

The story goes on to state that the plaintiff experienced a lesion on his cheek that, when biopsied, revealed itself to be melanoma. He has since undergone numerous surgeries and has had to continuously monitor his skin for lesions. This man is just one of many who have developed skin cancer known as melanoma and decided it’s time to fight back.

Cialis Lawsuit Update

Bottle of Cialis with yellow pills

Cialis pills are linked to Melanoma / Skin Cancer

The Indiana Business Journal reports that seven men have recently filed suit against Cialis manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company. These are the latest in a number of recent lawsuits filed against the drug giant. The men claim that Cialis put them at a “significant risk of exacerbating melanoma.” Their claims come after numerous recent studies have shown a significant increase in a man’s risk for skin cancer after taking the ED drug.

“The pharmaceutical industry has known for a very long time that inhibition of PDE5 has been associated with an increased risk of melanoma.”

Cialis / Eli Lilly and Co. in summary:

Cialis (tadalafil), is a medication designed to aid in erectile dysfunction (ED) as well as symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate). It has been prescribed to millions of men since being approved by the FDA in 2003. Since its approval, Cialis has generated over $2.3 billion in revenue for Eli Lilly and Company, the drug’s manufacturer. In June of 2016, the FDA announced that it was evaluating the need for regulatory action regarding Phosphodiesterase (PDE)-5 inhibitor drugs such as Cialis. This warning came in response to recent reports linking drugs like Cialis to an increased risk of melanoma.

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