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Cialis Melanoma Lawsuit

Cialis Melanoma Lawsuit

Erectile dysfunction drugs like Cialis may exacerbate melanoma, an aggressive and sometimes deadly type of skin cancer. Eli Lilly & Co. is facing dozens of lawsuits for failing to warn about the risk.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Cialis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with melanoma, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Overview

Cialis (tadalafil) is a prescription dug for men with erectile dysfunction. It works in the same way as Viagra — blocking an enzyme called PDE5 (phosphodiesterase-5), which causes vasodilation in the penis.

What is the problem?

About half of melanomas have a mutation that blocks the enzyme PDE5. Unfortunately, studies have found that blocking PDE5 exacerbates melanoma by making it grow faster and more invasive.

Studies Link Erectile Dysfunction Drugs and Melanoma

Based on evidence linking PDE5-inhibitors and melanoma, researchers decided to see whether erectile dysfunction drugs were associated with a risk. In July 2014, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that men on Viagra were 84% more likely to develop melanoma.

Cialis Melanoma Lawsuits

Dozens of Cialis lawsuits have been already filed against Eli Lilly & Co. by men who were diagnosed with melanoma. These lawsuits accuse the drug-maker of failing to warn about the “significant risk of exacerbating melanoma.” Similar claims have been made in over 150 Viagra lawsuits against Pfizer Inc.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs when pigment cells called melanocytes grow uncontrollably. In the United States, 76,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and 10,000 will die from it in 2016, according to the American Cancer Society.

Symptoms of Melanoma

Melanomas often resemble moles, and some start from moles. The only conclusive way to diagnose melanoma is by looking at a tissue sample under a microscope. It may have the following symptoms:

  • Asymmetrical or irregular shape
  • Border is uneven or it has “scalloped” edges
  • Colors (tan, brown, red, white, pink)
  • Diameter is larger than 1/4-inch or a pencil eraser
  • Evolves and changes over time
  • Feels hard, bumpy, painful, itchy, or crusty

Complications of Melanoma

The most serious complication is metastasis, in which cancerous cells spread in the body. Melanoma often spreads to the lymph nodes, bones, brain, liver, lungs, or muscles.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Melanomas that are diagnosed in their early stages can usually be cured with a simple surgery to cut out the cancer and a margin of skin around it. Treatment becomes much more complex when the cancer has metastasized. In addition to surgery, patients may need immunotherapy, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

Do I have a Cialis Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Cialis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with melanoma, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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