Alprostadil

Alprostadil treats erectile dysfunction and rare genetic heart diseases. This medication may cause temporary dizziness.

Alprostadil Overview

Reviewed: October 3, 2013
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Alprostadil is a prescription medication used to certain types of erectile dysfunction. Alprostadil belongs to a group of drugs called vasodilators. These work by relaxing the muscles and blood vessels in the penis so that an erection can occur.

Common side effects of alprostadil include lower body aches, warmth or burning sensation in the urethra, and light headedness or dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how alprostadil affects you.

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  • Other
  • Aortic Arch Syndromes
  • Aortic Coarctation
  • Ductus Arteriosus, Patent
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Tetralogy Of Fallot
  • Tricuspid Atresia

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Uses of Alprostadil

Alprostadil is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of erectile dysfunction.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Alprostadil Brand Names

Alprostadil may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Alprostadil Drug Class

Alprostadil is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Alprostadil

Serious side effects have been reported with alprostadil.

Common side effects of alprostadil include the following:

  • aching in the penis, testicles, legs, and in the perineum (area between the penis and rectum)
  • warmth or burning sensation in the urethra
  • redness of the penis due to increased blood flow
  • minor urethral bleeding or spotting due to improper administration
  • prolonged erection - IF YOUR ERECTION IS RIGID FOR MORE THAN 4 HOURS, CALL YOUR DOCTOR PROMPTLY.
  • swelling of leg veins
  • light headedness
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • rapid pulse

This is not a complete list of alprostadil side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.