Caverject (Alprostadil)
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Caverject package leaflet


Caverject is administered by injection into the penis. This is not painful or difficult to do if you follow the instructions provided with the injections. You should therefore read the package leaflet for Caverject carefully before you start taking this medicine. If you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine, please do not hesitate to contact a doctor or pharmacy.

What is Caverject and what is it used for?


Caverject is a medicine to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED or male impotence). It is not taken orally, but injected directly into the penis. The active ingredient alprostadil is injected into the corpus cavernosum with a superfine needle, which in turn improves blood flow to the penis. An erection usually occurs about five minutes after injection and lasts for 30 minutes to an hour.

What you need to know about Caverject


Here are some important facts about Caverject:

  • As opposed to erection pills, Caverject produces perfect erections — also without sexual excitement;
  • Do not use Caverject if you are allergic to alprostadil or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • Men with a penile implant or physical abnormality of the penis should not use Caverject;
  • If you have an erection for longer than four hours, contact a doctor immediately.
  • Are you currently taking other medicines? Be sure to tell your doctor. Caverject is known to interact with some types of medications.


How to use Caverject


Caverject is a powder medicine that comes with a sterile liquid for mixing. It is available in various strengths. Your doctor will determine the right dose for you depending on your specific needs. For instructions on how to mix the powder with the liquid and how to inject the solution into the side of the penis with the syringe that is provided in the kit, see the package leaflet. Caverject produces an erection in around five minutes. It should therefore be used right before you plan to have sex. To prevent serious side effects, do not use Caverject more than once in a 24-hour period and no more than three times a week.

Possible side effects


Like many medicines, Caverject may cause side effects although most people do not experience any. These are common side effects of Caverject:

  • A painful, burning sensation in the penis at the site of injection;
  • A small amount of bleeding or bruising at the site of injection;
  • Headache or dizziness.


For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet. You can also read the information brochure How does Caverject work? to learn more about how this medicine works.

How to store Caverject


Unused packs of Caverject should be stored at room temperature. After dissolving the Caverject powder, the solution should be used as soon as possible. If storage is necessary, then store in the refrigerator. Please refer to the package leaflet of your product for precise storage instructions. Caverject comes with a syringe. Keep Caverject out of reach of children.

Additional information


Caverject contains the active ingredient alprostadil. Other ingredients in the powder and liquid, and information on the manufacturer and marketing authorisation holder of Caverject are listed in the package leaflet.

Read the package leaflet for more information about risks and side effects, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

 

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