Vitaros is a topical medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is when a man has problems getting or keeping an erection for the time required for adequate foreplay or sexual intercourse.
What is Vitaros?
Vitaros is a new topical application prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It contains the active ingredient, alprostadil. Alprostadil is classified as a prostaglandin. It is a vasodilator, which works by dilating or widening the blood vessels to increase the flow of blood to the penis. This helps the penis become erect.
Please note potential irritable Side Effects (please see Side Effects)
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or of childbearing potential should not be exposed to Vitaros and therefore it is recommended to also use a condom.
What are the advantages?
Oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5) are usually offered to men for erectile dysfunction unless they cannot take them. Vitaros provides an alternative therapy for men who either cannot take or who do not get a satisfactory erection with PDE-5 inhibitors.
Vitaros (Alprostadil) is available in a 300 microgram cream formulation for topical application to the penis.
How to take Vitaros
Please consult the enclosed patient information leaflet before using Vitaros. Vitaros is designed for application directly to the opening of the penis (meatus). Detailed information on how to apply Vitaros can be found in the patient information leaflet, or by contacting our pharmacist on the contact page.
The recommended dosage for Vitaros is a single application of cream, no more than once a day, applied 10-20 minutes before sexual intercourse. Vitaros should not be used more than 2-3 times in a week.
Vitaros should be stored in the fridge. It can be kept outside of the fridge for no longer than 3 days, after which the effectiveness of the medication may be affected.
Vitaros is not suitable for men who suffer from priapism, sickle-cell anaemia, multiple myeloma.
It is important to note that if your partner is pregnant, has the potential to fall pregnant or is a breast-feeding women, a latex condom must be worn during sexual intercourse.