Vitaros is a cream used to treat erectile dysfunction. It gets to work in as little as five minutes, and produces an erection which lasts for around an hour.
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Vitaros is a cream for ED, manufactured by Ferring. It was previously marketed by Japanese company Takeda pharmaceuticals. It contains a substance called alprostadil, which can also be found in other products such as Caverject and MUSE. What makes Vitaros unique is its relatively non-invasive method of application; it is applied to the opening of the urethra at the tip of the penis, via a plunger. The effects of the treatment are noticeable within 5-30 minutes, and last for around 1-2 hours afterwards. Plungers are supplied (four in each pack) with the cream already contained within it, so you do not have to do anything to prepare it.
- Non-invasive method of treatment
- Effective in 5-30 minutes
- Suitable for users who can’t take tablets
Many men might find erectile dysfunction a difficult subject to talk about, due to its private nature. Impotence is characterised by an ability to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient enough for sexual intercourse. Although most men will experience this at intermittent points in their lives, ED is said to be present if this situation occurs on a persistent basis. Left untreated, it can be a source of discord and distress for couples.
The condition is one which many people tend to associate with older men. And it is true that the condition affects 50 per cent of UK males aged between 40 and 70. However, a lot of younger men experience erectile dysfunction too. This might be due to a number of factors. Reduced blood flow, due to poor lifestyle or dietary habits can be one cause.
But a lot of men may encounter the problem when they enter into a new relationship, and are keen to impress their partner. The nerves and anxiety caused by this situation may put added pressure on a man to perform, and result in an inability to get an erection. Similarly, general stress, unrelated to the sexual situation itself, may also play a part. For instance, someone who is distracted due to pressure at work may find themselves experiencing problems in the bedroom.
Treatments such as Vitaros can change that. In erectile dysfunction, symptoms occur when the muscle walls around blood vessels at the base of the penis tighten and constrict; and this can make it harder for blood to get into the penis during moments of arousal. Blood flow to the penis is vital for erectile activity, and if this is restricted, an erection firm enough for penetration can be difficult to maintain.
Alprostadil is the active constituent in Vitaros cream. It is absorbed into the skin, and helps to dilate the vessels in the body which regulate the entry of blood into the penis. It also helps those vessels which let blood flow out of the penis to constrict, and this process keeps blood in the penis, and enables it to stay erect long enough for sexual intercourse.
One of the advantages of Vitaros over other ED medications is its cream formulation, meaning that in addition to its fast rate of action and ease of application, it is thought to be less likely to cause side effects, be affected by food and drink, or interact with other drugs. In particular, it is said to be suitable for patients taking nitrates, who may not be able to use oral forms of ED treatment.
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The application instructions for this treatment should be carefully followed, and you should only ever apply it as prescribed by your doctor. Adhering to the instructions provided with the product will help to maximise its efficacy and reduce the potential likelihood of harmful side effects.
- Administer as prescribed by your doctor.
- This will usually be one dose, 5-30 minutes prior to sexual intercourse.
- The cream is applied into the tip of the urethra via a plunger, which comes ready prepared. Specific application instructions can be located in the patient information leaflet.
- Following application, hold your penis upright for 30 seconds to allow the cream to soak in.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- If you are unsure about any aspect of this medication, speak to your doctor for advice.
- Never exceed the amount prescribed.
- Do not use more than one dose in any 24-hour period, and do not apply it more than 2-3 times in any one week.
- Please be aware that arousal is required for this cream to be effective.
More information can be found in the patient leaflet supplied.
Download Vitaros patient information leaflet
Despite the fact that not everyone who uses this product will experience them, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects Vitaros may cause, so that you can act accordingly in the event that they occur.
See your doctor right away if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction or if you have an erection which lasts for more than four hours.
Common (1 in 10 people or more):
Mild aching, burning or pain and redness of the penis, rash, genital pruritus, penile oedema, inflammation of the glans penis, tingling, throbbing, numbness or burning, or mild itching in the vagina of your partner.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure or rapid pulse, pain at the application site, urethral stenosis, increased sensitivity, itchy penis, genital rash, scrotal pain, or urinary tract inflammation.
A more detailed list of side effects can be located in the patient information leaflet.
Taking it with other medications
The effects of Vitaros when used in conjunction with other treatments has yet to be studied. However, the makers of this product suggest that you do not use it alongside any other ED medicines, muscle relaxants, alpha-blockers, drugs for high blood pressure or blood clotting, or decongestants.
Conditions to look out for
Disclose your medical history to your prescriber before use. Those who have or have had the following conditions may not be able to use this product: low blood pressure; heart problems; syncope; sickle cell anaemia or trait, thrombocythemia, polycythemia, multiple myeloma, or leukaemia; an abnormally formed penis; inflammation or infection of the penis; susceptibility to venous thrombosis; hyperviscosity syndrome; or stroke.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility
Vitaros must not be used by women. Condoms should be applied when using Vitaros if your partner is pregnant, breastfeeding or able to become pregnant.
There is no information on the effects of Vitaros on male fertility.
Driving and using machinery
This treatment may cause side effects such as dizziness. Do not drive or use machines if you are affected by these.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Alcohol is not known to influence the effectiveness of this product. But you should be aware that the consumption of alcohol can be a contributing factor in ED, and only drink in sensible amounts.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, if you experience no side effects. If you feel as though your judgment or motor skills have become compromised however, you should not drive and seek immediate medical attention.
Can I take it while pregnant?
This medication is not suitable for women, pregnant or otherwise.
How do I store it?
In a refrigerator between 2°C and 8°C. Sealed sachets containing the plungers may be stored out of the refrigerator at a temperature below 25°C for up to 3 days before use.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
In Vitaros are the following ingredients: alprostadil; purified water; ethanol; anhydrous; ethyl laurate; potassium dihydrogen phosphate; hydroxypropyl guar gum; dodecyl-2-N,N-dimethylaminopropionate hydrochloride; sodium hydroxide, for pH adjustment; and phosphoric acid, for pH adjustment.
Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the above.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You will need a prescription to buy Vitaros in the UK. This is so that a doctor can assess your suitability and make sure it is safe for you to use. Our secure consultation service provides this facility.
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