What is Alprostadil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Edex Caverject Muse


Alprostadil is a vasodilator that is used to treat certain types of erectile dysfunction (impotence; inability to get or keep an erection) in men. It is also used as a temporary maintenance of patency of ductus arteriosus in neonates with ductal-dependent congenital heart disease.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprostadil

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation 1
Injection site pain 1
Urinary burning pain 1


Based on patients currently taking Alprostadil

Dosage Patients
0.02mg/ml as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Alprostadil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking Alprostadil


Currently taking Alprostadil

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Alprostadil

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

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprostadil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sildenafil (Viagra) 1
Vardenafil (Levitra) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Alprostadil

Feb 20, 2011 (Started Feb 16, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support quality of life)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Because I'm taking nitrates for heart disease, I can't use sidenafil. This so much better anyway though :)
Cost: < $25 monthly

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