What is Vitaros cream?
Vitaros cream contains the active ingredient alprostadil, a medicine that is used to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Alprostadil enters directly into the corpus cavernosum, increasing the blood flow to the penis. As a result, the penis becomes firm and sexual activity is possible.
When is it used?
Vitaros cream is prescribed to help men with ED who are unable to achieve or maintain an erection, despite sexual stimulations. ED is a common condition and may have a number of causes, including excessive alcohol consumption, psychological problems (stress, fear of failure), fatigue, nerve damage or excessive smoking. ED can also be a side effect of some prescription medications.
How to use Vitaros cream?
Vitaros cream is supplied in AccuDose containers, mini pipettes filled with a single dose of cream. Use the pipette to apply Vitaros at the meatus or opening of the penis, according to the instructions on the package leaflet. The onset of effect is within 5 to 30 minutes after application. The duration of effect is approximately one to two hours.
Note: urinating directly after application will significantly reduce the effect, so try to go to the bathroom before applying the cream.
Vitaros cream is available in two dosage strengths of 200 and 300 mg alprostadil in 100 mg of cream. The exact strength and dosage is determined by the doctor. The maximum frequency of use is once per 24-hour period and no more than two to three times a week.
How to store Vitaros cream
Vitaros cream should be stored in the correct way for safe use. Unopened sachets should be stored in a fridge at 2-8°C. The sachets may be kept out of the fridge below 25°C for up to three days before use. If they are not used in this time they should be disposed of. Vitaros cream should be used directly after opening. The cream is applied to the tip of the penis from a single dose container. If there is any cream left over you should dispose of it.
Vitaros cream should not be stored in a freezer. Do not use after the expiration date on the package has passed. Keep out of reach of children.
Vitaros cream can have side effects, both for you and your sexual partner. Side effects for partners of Vitaros users can be prevented by using a condom. Common side effects include:
- irritation, burning sensation or itching around your and/or your partner’s genitals;
- fluid accumulation in the penis.
Most side effects will disappear within a few hours. See package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications, warnings and other side effects.
The active ingredient alprostadil can be harmful to the unborn child. Vitaros cream should therefore only be used on doctor’s advice if your partner is pregnant, wants to become pregnant or is breastfeeding. Also make sure to use a condom barrier for sexual intercourse to prevent exposure.
Vitaros cream may cause temporary dizziness. Do not drive or participate in traffic for two hours after application.
With Vitaros cream there are no food or alcohol restrictions. However, please take into account that alcohol has a negative effect on erection quality.