Man Given Viagra Has Fatal Stroke, Wife Claims
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) – A man with several serious conditions was given a prescription for Viagra and had a fatal stroke, according to his wife’s Kern County Superior Court lawsuit.
Alice Carrillo, as successor in interest for Porfiro Carrillo, sued San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente for medical malpractice, medical negligence, loss of consortium and failure to warn.
Carrillo says in the year before her husband’s death, he had a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with possible pneumonia and hypertension, and then several months later he had shortness of breath and was found to have a mass on his right lung.
Six months after that, he was given a prescription for Viagra, but was “not given any warnings as to the side effects of this medication,” according to the action. Several days after he used it he had a "hemorrhagic stroke with cerebral edema." He continued to have complications from the stroke and died six months later, the complaint states.
In addition to the commonly known side effects of taking Viagra, such as headaches, dizziness and vision problems, the manufacturer says “heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat and death have happened rarely in men taking Viagra. Most, but not all, of these men had heart problems before taking Viagra. It is not known if Viagra caused these problems,” according to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s website.
Carrillo seeks economic and noneconomic damages, punitive damages and legal costs. She is represented by Elizabeth L. Martin of the Law Offices of Elizabeth L. Martin in San Jose, California.