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Those Little Blue Pills Offer Risk to Male Divers

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It's not recent news but it might bear repeating: Divers who take Viagra for erectile dysfunction need to be aware that it may increase the risk of decompression sickness. The active ingredient is sildenafil, originally licensed to treat pulmonary hypertension. It was just a coincidence its side effect benefited the male member.

Scientists initially thought that a vasodilator such as sildenafil might protect against DCS in divers. However, those hopes were crushed when experiments on animals proved that the converse was true....


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