In a new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital said that a man’s vision turned red after having over consumed a popular drug for erectile dysfunction. The survey that examines erectile dysfunction drugs and their impact on perception is purely based upon the case of a 31-year-old patient who visited urgent care after complaints of having reddish feel in his vision. Most importantly, it failed to go away even after two days. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Retinal Cases. The patient said he took a liquid dose of sildenafil citrate, which is an ingredient in drugs like Viagra. He purchased the medicine over the internet. Doctors are quite sure about the fact that he took more than the dose usually recommended. Hence, it caused persistent retinal toxicity.
The study further said the patient’s condition did not improve after doctors tried out many treatments. The Director of Retina Services at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Richard Rosen is also the lead investigator of the case. He said that people tend to live by the philosophy that if a little bit is right, then a lot would be better. He even went on to say that the study shows how dangerous a high dose of a commonly used medicine can prove to be.
The researchers said that the usual dosages of the drug are known to result in disturbances in vision. Still, those symptoms usually get resolved within 24 hours. Researchers even warned about the fact that this particular case proves that taking too much of drugs for erectile dysfunction could lead to vision problems on a long-term basis. Richard Rosen said that their findings should help doctors to become aware of potential cellular changes in patients, who might use the drug in excessive amount. Thus they will be able to educate the patients about the risks of having too much use of those drugs.
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