Thursday, November 15, 2007

Viva Viagra: WHATEVER!

Is it just me or are there other baby boomer women out here who are sick and tired of hearing about the magic of Viagra? I just saw a video on You Tube where a rather handsome group of baby boomer men are belting out a song to the tune of Viva Las Vegas. (That’s the song Elvis made famous back in 1964). Viva Viagra is apparently a new ad campaign from the drug manufacturer, Pfizer.

What is disturbing to me is the fact that erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs are a huge business. Pfizer reported Viagra sales of $450 million in its most recent quarter. What is even MORE disturbing is the fact that Viagra, Levitra and Cialis can cause irreparable harm to the body. Possible side effects include:

changes in vision such as loss of vision, blurred vision, eyes being more sensitive to light, or trouble telling the difference between blue and green objects or objects having a blue color tinge to them
•difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
•chest pain or palpitations
•prolonged erection (lasting longer than 4 hours)
•skin rash, itching
•diarrhea
•dizziness
•flushing
•headache
•indigestion
•nasal congestion


And if that’s not bad enough, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added hearing loss as another risk.

OK, so does that mean that men are willing to risk going deaf, dumb and blind (womensvoicesforchange.org) for the sake of having sex?

Thank God my husband doesn’t need it and as long as I keep up my end of the bargain, he NEVER will!

5 comments:

Artrice said...

Bev, are they sure about the hearing loss. I'm almost sure that condition was a birth defect for many men that manifested itself on age progression.

BeverlyM said...

You're right about hearing loss being a natural part of aging, however, according to the FDA, the hearing loss of the men taking Viagra was SUDDEN and the connection they made was that ALL of the men affected were taking Viagra.

Thuso said...

Beverly,
There should be more sisters like you -- keeping their end of the bargain.

... from a happy brother without Viagra!

THIS is Pop Art Diva! said...

What bugs me is that there is still no cure for breast cancer - but aging men can still act like teenagers thanks to the "miracle" of a little blue pill. It's still a "boy's club" out here.

BeverlyM said...

Pop art diva,

It's going to take women like us to stay on top of EVERYTHING to make sure the "girls club" gets access to the game. I know we can do it. After all, the men will be deaf, dumb and blind so they'll be of no use! :)