A group of researchers from New Delhi’s AIIMS have detailed a case in which a 41-year-old man died due to severe bleeding in the brain after consuming two Viagra tablets along with alcohol.
By India Today News Desk: A 41-year-old man died after consuming Viagra along with alcohol, according to a case report published by a group of Indian researchers. According to the researchers, the man consumed two tablets of Viagra, a popular pill that is used to treat erectile dysfunction, along with alcohol and died a day later after developing severe bleeding inside his brain.
The details were revealed by a group of six researchers from New Delhi’s All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in a case report submitted to the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. The researchers submitted their findings in September last year. Their case report, made available online earlier this week, is currently at the pre-proof stage, i.e. it has been accepted for publication but may see some modifications before it is published in print in the journal.
In their case report, the researchers note that the 41-year-old man had no significant medical or surgical history and was at a hotel with a woman friend where he consumed two 50 milligram pills each of sildenafil, an erectile dysfunction medication that is sold under the brand name Viagra. The man also had alcohol along with those tablets.
The next day, according to the case report, the man complained of uneasiness and was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Later medical examinations suggested that the man died due to excessive bleeding in the brain, with his autopsy revealing the presence of around 300 grams of clotted blood in his brain. The autopsy also revealed a thickening of the man’s heart walls and some damage to his liver and kidneys.
“The findings are discussed in the light of the literature about the lethal complications of combined use of sildenafil and alcohol including cerebrovascular accidents [problems with blood flow to the brain],” the researchers write in their report. The researchers also say that public awareness needs to be increased about the impact of using Viagra without medical oversight.