What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Alprostadil Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(al PROS ta dill)

U.S. Brand Names

Caverject Impulse®; Caverject®; Edex®; Muse®; Prostin VR Pediatric®

Canadian Brand Names

Caverject®; Muse® Pellet; Prostin® VR

Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Prostaglandin; Vasodilator

Reasons not to take this medicine

• This medicine is not for use in females.

• If you have an allergy to alprostadil or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have been told not to have sex by healthcare provider.

How does it work?

• Alprostadil relaxes blood vessels.

• It improves blood flow.

How is it best taken?

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider.

• Your healthcare provider will teach you how to take this medicine.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Caverject® and Edex®: Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than every 24 hours, unless instructed by healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store as directed by healthcare provider.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:16:36.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:17:38.0

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