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Alprostadil

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Caverject Impulse®;Caverject®;Edex®;Muse®;Prostin VR Pediatric®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Caverject®;Muse® Pellet;Prostin® VR
    • Mexican Brand Names: Caverject
    • Pharmacologic Category: Prostaglandin;Vasodilator

    Uses
    • It is used to treat impotence.
    • Alprostadil calms blood vessels.
    • It helps blood flow.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Follow what your doctor has told you to do.
    • Your doctor will teach you how to take this drug.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Caverject® and Edex®: Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.

    Missed Dose

    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than every 24 hours unless told to do so by your doctor.

    Storage

    • Store as you have been told by your doctor.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • This drug is not for use in women.
    • If you have an allergy to alprostadil or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have been told not to have sex by your doctor.

    Precautions

    • Do not donate blood while using this drug and for 1 month after stopping.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or liquor.
    • To protect from diseases caused by having sex, use a latex condom.
    • Muse®: Use a condom when having sex with a pregnant woman.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Headache.
    • Penile pain.
    • Irritation where this drug is given.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Erection that lasts more than 4 hours.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very bad penile pain.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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