What Is Alprostadil?

 Alprostadil is a promising medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) and to help diagnose certain causes of this disorder. Alprostadil is also used to improve blood flow in newborn babies with a certain genetic heart condition.

Alprostadil relaxes blood vessels and muscles in the penis. This increases blood flow into the penis, causing an erection.  Alprostadil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) and to help diagnose certain causes of this disorder.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to alprostadil, or if you have sickle cell anemia, leukemia, a bone marrow tumor, a curved or deformed penis, penile fibrosis or Peyronie’s disease, a penile implant, or if you have been told you should not have sexual intercourse for health reasons.

Before using alprostadil, person should be screened for heart disease, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, a history of blood clots, or a disease that could be passed in blood (such as hepatitis or HIV). The injectable form of alprostadil is injected into the side of the penis. The transurethral pellet is a very small suppository that is inserted into the opening of the penis (the urethra). Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Using too much alprostadil can be very dangerous.

Its strongly advisable to take the first dose of this medicine be given in your doctor’s office so you can be observed for how well the medication works and if it causes any side effects. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes. Using an alprostadil transurethral pellet improperly could cause damage to your urethra. Alprostadil is used only when needed to get an erection. An erection should occur within 5 to 20 minutes after you use the medication, and should last for 30 to 60 minutes. Seek emergency medical attention if you have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 hours or longer.