6 Strange Drug Side Effects

OCTOBER 04, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Painful, Unwanted Erections
Certain drugs sometimes cause priapism, a painful erection that lasts more than 4 hours. But this unusual side effect isn’t limited to erectile dysfunction drugs, as it has been reported with the antidepressant trazodone (Oleptro).
 
In one case, a male patient sued a pharmacy on the basis that he was not properly counseled about priapism when he filled his trazodone prescription. He woke up with a persistent erection and sought medical attention 30 hours later.
 
The patient had emergency surgery and was left permanently impotent. The pharmacy was found to be 51% negligent, and the plaintiff was awarded $357,000 in damages.
 


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