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Staxyn Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Staxyn

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
  • There have been cases of serious side effects, such as heart attack, stroke, and sudden death in people taking phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, such as Staxyn, for erectile dysfunction. If you have heart disease (cardiovascular disease) or significant heart disease risk factors, you may have an increased risk for these serious side effects. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using Staxyn if you currently have heart disease or have risk factors for heart disease.
  • Staxyn can cause low blood pressure (hypotension). If your blood pressure becomes too low, you may become dizzy or faint. If you do feel dizzy or faint during sexual activity while taking Staxyn, you should stop any further activity and talk to your healthcare provider about your symptoms.
  • PDE5 inhibitors, such as Staxyn, have been associated with rare cases of a condition called nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). This condition can lead to a sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes. The vision loss can be permanent. If you experience any problems with your vision while taking Staxyn, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • A sudden decrease or loss of hearing has occurred in people taking Staxyn and other PDE5 inhibitors. Dizziness and ringing in the ears sometimes occurred with the hearing loss. If you notice a change in your hearing or experience dizziness and ringing in your ears while taking Staxyn, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • PDE5 inhibitors, such as Staxyn, have been associated with a rare but serious condition called priapism. Priapism is a persistent and usually painful erection that lasts for more than four hours. If you experience an erection for longer than four hours while taking Staxyn, seek immediate medical attention. If not treated immediately, priapism can cause impotence and permanent damage to the penis.
  • Staxyn does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This drug also does not provide protection against pregnancy.
  • Staxyn can interact with a number of other medications (see Staxyn Drug Interactions).
  • Staxyn is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Staxyn and Pregnancy). However, Staxyn is not licensed for use in women.
  • It is unknown if Staxyn passes through breast milk (see Staxyn and Breastfeeding). However, Staxyn is not licensed for use in women.
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