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Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.
Alprostadil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. Alprostadil is the active ingredient in the popular medication Muse.
Alprostadil relaxes blood vessels and muscles in the penis, which increases blood flow causing an erection. Alprostadil offers highly effective treatment of erectile dysfunction, and is one of the top prescribed medications by doctors!
Alprostadil is also marketed as Muse, Caverject, Edex, and Caverject Impulse.
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Alprostadil is a prostaglandin (PGE-1). It induces penile erection by relaxing certain muscles in the penis and widening blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the penis and helps to cause an erection. When the effect of the alprostadil wears off, blood flow returns to normal and the erection disappears.
How to take
Your first dose of this medicine will 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. You will then be shown how to properly give the medication to yourself. Wait at least 1 day after your first dose before using the medicine again.
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Using too much alprostadil can be very dangerous.
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. The length of time your erection lasts may be slightly different.
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).
Do not use more than 2 Alprostadil pellets in one day (24 hours). Do not use more than 3 alprostadil injections per week. Allow at least 24 hours to pass between injections.
Alprostadil comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Alprostadil injectable is a powder medicine that comes with a sterile liquid for mixing it. Caverject Impulse is a brand of alprostadil injectable supplied as a needle and syringe that contains both the powder medicine and the sterile liquid. The dose is automatically mixed when you turn a dial on the end of the syringe. The Caverject Impulse syringe is designed for only one use. Carefully follow the instructions provided with this product.
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Prepare your alprostadil dose only when you are ready to use the medicine. Do not shake the mixed medicine. After mixing, the medication should be clear. Do not use the medication if it looks cloudy or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Do not give yourself an alprostadil injection or pellet if you do not understand the instructions for proper use. Call your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for help with injection instructions. Using an alprostadil transurethral pellet improperly could cause damage to your urethra.
The Caverject Impulse device uses a very thin needle, which could break easily. If the needle breaks during injection and you can see and grasp the broken end, remove it and contact your doctor. If you cannot remove the broken end, call your doctor right away.
An Alprostadil injection can cause bleeding where the needle is placed. This can make it easier for your sexual partner to be exposed to your blood. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have a virus such as hepatitis or HIV, which can be passed to another person who comes into contact with your blood.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your penis may need to be examined every 3 months. Visit your doctor regularly.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Alprostadil and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling light-headed, fainting; trouble urinating, blood in your urine; bleeding, bruising, or swelling where you injected the medication; a painful erection that lasts 4 hours or longer; severe pain or irritation of your penis or urethra; or redness, lumps, tenderness, unusual shape or curving of the erect penis.
Less serious side effects may include:
- unusual discharge from your penis; or mild pain in your penis, urethra, or testicles; headache, dizziness; back pain; a rash on the skin of your penis; itching, warmth, or numbness of your penis; cough, stuffy nose, cold symptoms, flu symptoms.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Your sexual partner may also have side effects such as burning, itching, or irritation of the body areas that come into contact with your penis.
Before using Alprostadil, tell your doctor if you have 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. The medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully.
Your first dose of this medicine will 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. Call your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions. 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.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to alprostadil, or if you have:
sickle cell anemia or the sickle cell anemia trait; leukemia; a tumor of the bone marrow (multiple myeloma); a curved or deformed penis; penile fibrosis or Peyronie's disease; if you have a penile implant; or if you have been told you should not have sexual intercourse for health reasons.
To make sure you can safely use alprostadil, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
a history of blood clots; heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension); a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder; or a disease that could be passed in blood (such as hepatitis or HIV).
Use a condom to prevent transfer of this medication to your sexual partner if she is pregnant or could become pregnant.
Caverject, Caverject Impulse, Edex, or Muse should not be used by women or by anyone under 18 years old.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
blood pressure medication; or a blood thinner such as heparin or warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with alprostadil. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Since Alprostadil is used as needed, you will not be on a dosing schedule.
Keep each urethral pellet in its original foil pouch until you are ready to use it. Store the foil pouches in the refrigerator. You may store the pouches at room temperature for up to 14 days.
Store Alprostadil injectable at room temperature. The 40 microgram strength of unmixed alprostadil can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months, or until the expiration date on the label, whichever happens first.
Do not expose Alprostadil products to freezing or very hot temperatures. Do not store your medication in a closed automobile, or pack it into luggage that will be placed into a cargo area during travel.