What is Papaverine?

Category: Prescription Drugs


Papaverine, a vasodilator, is used orally for to relieve restrictions in blood flow associated with spasms of the arteries and irregular heart rhythms. It is used for various vascular spasms associated with muscle spasms and is being tested to treat impotence.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Papaverine

Side effect Patients
Bruising 1
Jittery feeling 1
Soreness in penis 1

Why patients stopped taking Papaverine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Papaverine


Stopped taking Papaverine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Papaverine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Papaverine

Aug 27, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Side effects
    Mild (bruising)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It took a while to get comfortable with the idea of sticking a needle *there*, but I much prefer this to pills. I found the pills (yes, all of them) cost too much (not covered by my insurance), were not always effective, and left me with a terrible headache the next day.
Side effects: bruising

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