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ALPROSTADIL (al PROS ta dil) is a natural protein. It is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). This medicine helps to create and maintain an erection.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an abnormally formed penis
have been advised not to engage in sexual activity
sickle cell disease or trait
tumor of the bone marrow (multiple myeloma)
an unusual or allergic reaction to alprostadil or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for injection into the penis. You will be taught how to use this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply.
medicines for blood pressure
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Contact your doctor or health care professional right away if you have an erection that lasts longer than 4 hours or if it becomes painful. This may be a sign of a serious problem and must be treated right away to prevent permanent damage.
Do not change the dose of your medication. Call your doctor or health care professional to determine if your dose needs to be changed.
This medicine does not protect you or your partner against HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
prolonged or painful erection
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
bleeding, bruising, or pain at site of injection
change in blood pressure
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at or below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) for up to 3 months. Do not freeze.
ALPROSTADIL (al PROS ta dil) is a natural protein. It is used to treat neonates with a specific heart defect. This medicine is used for a short time until the condition can be corrected.
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as newborn for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
changes in blood pressure
changes in heart rate
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusually weak or tired
irritation at site where injected
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have, or have had any of these conditions:
have a condition that might cause a painful, prolonged erection, such as sickle cell disease or trait, leukemia, or multiple myeloma
history of blood clots
history of fainting
history of low blood pressure
trouble passing urine
if your partner is pregnant or intends to become pregnant
This medicine is for insertion into the penis. Follow the directions that come with your medicine. If you are unsure how to use this medicine, contact your doctor or health care professional. Do not change the dose of your medicine. Call your doctor or health care professional to determine if your dose needs to be changed.
A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
This medicine is for use in men only and is not for use in children.
This medicine should only be used as needed to achieve an erection. Do not use this medicine more often than directed. Do not use more than 2 times in each 24-hour period. Each suppository is for a single use only and should be properly discarded after use.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your condition.
If you experience dizziness or feel faint during sexual intercourse, this may be due to the lowering of your blood pressure. Lie down immediately and raise your legs. If symptoms persist, call your doctor promptly.
Men should inform their doctors if they wish to father a child. This medicine may be found in human semen and may have the potential for side effects to an unborn child. A female partner should not become pregnant while you are using this medicine. It is also recommended that you do not use this medicine while your partner is pregnant. Inform your doctor if your female partner wishes to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. It is recommended that you use a condom during sexual intercourse with a female partner who is of child-bearing age. If you are not using a condom, your female partner may also experience mild vaginal itching or burning.
This medicine does not protect you or your partner against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue)
dizziness or light-headedness
fast, irregular heartbeat
prolonged or painful erection (lasting longer than 4 hours)
swelling of the legs
aching in the penis, testicles, legs, or in the perineum (area between the penis and rectum)
minor discomfort on insertion
redness of the penis due to increased blood flow
small amount of bleeding or spotting from the urethra due to improper use
warmth or burning sensation in the urethra
Store unopened foil pouches in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). You may store this medicine at room temperature for up to 14 days before use. Do not expose to temperatures above 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Do not expose to direct sunlight. When traveling, store this medicine in a portable ice pack or cooler. Do not store in the trunk of a car or in baggage storage areas. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
The suppository must be thrown away after it is used. It is for single use only. Discard any used medicine and packaging carefully. This medicine may cause accidental overdose and death if it taken by other adults, children, or pets. Follow the directions you receive with each prescription refill.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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