How does Alprostadil help erectile dysfunction?
Alprostadil is a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), which can give an erection strong enough to have sex with the majority of men who try it.
Alprostadil is often given after all other medication for ED has been tried. Your GP will usually only recommend it if you have already tried other forms of treatment, such as PDE-5 inhibitors (like Viagra) or psychological therapies (like CBT).
Alprostadil is a synthetic (man made) version of the hormone prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) which occurs naturally in your body. It helps treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction because it is a ‘vasodilator’, which means that it widens blood vessels. This improves blood flow to the penis, making it easier for you to get an erection.
- Produce an erection in 5-15 minutes, depending on the method used to apply it
- Lasts for between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the dose.
- Can only be sold with a prescription from a registered GP.
It comes in several different forms:
- As an injection into the base of the penis
- As a cream applied to the tip of the penis
- As a small pellet inserted into the tube inside the penis (urethra)