Alprostadil

Where is Alprostadil used?

Alprostadil is in the class of medications called vasodilators used to treat erectile dysfunction or also known as impotence. This helps the blood flow into the penis to achieve and maintain an erection. This is an FDA-approved prescription medicine that comes as a sterile solution for intravascular infusion.

How does Alprostadil work?

Alprostadil is a type of medicine called prostaglandin. It is believed to cause several types of blood vessels to expand by relaxing the thin layer of muscle in the blood vessel wall. An erection is made through a complex chain of events including signals from the nervous system. It also includes the release of active chemicals with prostaglandin E1 within the tissues of the penis. These active chemicals cause blood vessels inflowing the penis to expand and permitting more blood to enter. Further blood vessels consent the penis to tighten and stopping the blood from entering the penis.

Prostaglandin E1 shows an essential role in this course when administered right into the penis will eventually cause the penis to become stiff and erect by accumulating the blood flow into its tissues. This medication usually starts to work in about 5-10 minutes. Intercourse must be tried within 10 to 30 minutes after using the medication. An erection may continue after ejaculation but should not be firm or last longer than an hour.

How is Alprostadil taken?

The dosage will depend on your medical condition, age, weight, and response to the treatment. Follow the instructions of your doctor very carefully.

Alprostadil is used by inserting the suppository into the penis or as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may direct you to start at a low dose and gradually increase it. You should not use more than 2 doses in 24 hours.

What are the possible side effects of Alprostadil?

Common side effects:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Flu and cold symptoms
  • Warmth, itching, or numbness of your penis

What are the precautions in taking Alprostadil?

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications such as vitamins or herbal supplements.
  • Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Before taking Famotidine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. This may not be recommended for use if you have a history of an allergic reaction.
  • While having this treatment, you should have a regular check-up with your doctor.
  • Call your doctor right away if your erection lasts longer than 4 hours.
  • This drug will not protect you or your partner from sexually transmitted diseases.
  • This is not for use in women or children.
  • This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not use any machinery or do anything that needs your alertness until you can do it safely.
  • Use this drug with caution in men with blood clotting disorders, heart disease, lung disease, small temporary strokes, or a history of psychiatric illness.
  • This is not recommended for use in men who have an implant in their penis and with a physical abnormality of the penis.