Erectile dysfunction treatment has come a long way in recent years, and for many men, treating their impotence through less-invasive, conservative approaches helps with the symptoms associated with ED. One such treatment is an injection with a drug known as Alprostadil. This drug causes blood vessels to expand, as well as increases the blood flow throughout the body. These actions help to facilitate an erection.
Dr. Allen offers his patients injections with Alprostadil for erectile dysfunction under specific brand names including Trimix, Caverject and Edex. This drug, although mixed differently according to the specific brand it is prescribed under, when administered, causes an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse and is effective in the majority of patients. This medication is injected directly into the side of the penis using a syringe. Once injected, it dilates the arteries within the penis to stimulate blood flow. The medication typically begins to take effect within 30 minutes after it is injected, and the erection usually lasts for about an hour and will continue even after ejaculation has occurred. This specific drug should not be used more than three times per week and it is also recommend that 24 hours pass between each use.
Patients who desire to take Alprostadil via an injection will receive instruction from Dr. Allen about how to learn how to eject the medication into the penis. Over a short period of time, the patient will gain confidence and the ability to perform this process alone at home.
For patients who are not able to use a syringe, Alprostadil also comes as a suppository. Choosing between the injection and the suppository is a personal choice that can be made during a consultation with Dr. Allen. There are pros and cons to both the injection and suppository and depending on the mode of delivery, they vary from patient to patient. For example, the injection may be more painful to administer, but it tends to be more effective than the suppository.
It is also important to note that the effects of Alprostadil on pregnant women are still unknown. Therefore, if a man is having sexual intercourse with a pregnant woman and is using Alprostadil from either an injection, or as a suppository, a condom is recommended.
For additional information on erectile dysfunction treatment, including the use of injections or suppositories to treat impotence, or for a consultation on treating ED through Alprostadil, please contact the office of Dr. Mark Allen, urologist serving the greater North Dallas area.