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Caverject Medication - Uses & Side Effects

alprostadil (injectable and transurethral)
Pronunciation: al PROS ta dil
Brand: Caverject, Caverject Impulse, Edex, Muse

Alprostadil (al-PROS-ta-dil) belongs to a group of medicines known as vasodilators that may increase blood flow by expanding blood vessels. It helps to create and maintain erection. It is used to relaxing blood vessels and muscles in the penis and it also increases the amount of blood that flows into the penis and, because it may cause an erection.

Caverject Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 1.25 or 2.5 micrograms.
  • If you are taking edex, then the usual dose is 1 to 40 micrograms, and you should given over 5 to 10 seconds.

Uses of Caverject

  • It is a prostaglandin and used to treat impotence.
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Caverject

Before taken Caverject medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Caverject. Side effects may include:

  • Pain in the penis
  • Blood-filled swelling at the site of injection
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Disorder of the penis such as includes discoloration of the head, strange feeling, tearing of the skin
  • Prolonged erection
  • Hardened tissue in the penis

Warnings and precautions before taking Caverject:

  • If you have any medical conditions such as cancer, leukemia, penile implants, an abnormally formed penis, kidney disease, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you are having surgery such as dental surgery, then you should tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking medication.
  • If you are taking caverject, then you should not use this medicine more than once a day and more than three times a week.
  • You should tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. So you should not breast-feed while you are taking medication.
  • Use a condom to prevent transfer of this medication to your sexual partner if she is pregnant or could become pregnant.

Drug Interaction:- If you are taking caverject with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining caverject with the following:

  • Warfarin
  • Enoxaparin
  • Danaparoid
  • Heparin
  • Dalteparin
  • Ardeparin

After taken caverject if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of caverject overdose may include:

  • Prolonged erection
  • Possibly with damage to the penis
  • Low blood pressure

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