Melanin Myth #7: Viagra is made from melanin

This is part seven of a ten part series of posts on myths about melanin. As number seven this myth shows how strange and out there these myths can be. It also shows how easy it is to debunk them, sometimes.

There are claims being spread such as “Viagra is made from melanin” or “viagra began as a way to give whites more melanin.” Viagra was not made to make white people Black. It was originally intended to be an antianginal drug. It was meant to provide therapy for “angina, hypertension, heart failure and atherosclerosis,” as its patent states. It works by relaxing the lining of the heart’s right ventricle. The same type of tissue forms the lining if the male reproductive organ.

Sildenafil/Viagra actually inhibits melanin production.

Sildenafil/Viagra also promotes melanoma.

Melanotan increases melanin production, produces erections and increases libido by binding to MC3R in the Central nervous system instead of inhibiting phosphodiesterase-5 in the peripheral system. Sildenafil/Viagra is a phosphiodiesterase-5 inhibitor.

In the end there is no evidence Viagra is made from melanin.


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