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

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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