Vitaros (alprostadil) is a topical vasodilator cream in development for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Vitaros’ active ingredient (alprostadil) increases the levels of a naturally occurring chemical in the penis. This causes the blood vessels in the penis to swell and should give you a firmer and longer lasting erection.
Vitaros is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men 18 years of age or older. ED is the inability to attain or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. There are several causes of ED including medications that you may be taking for other conditions, poor blood circulation in the penis, nerve damage, emotional problems, too much smoking or alcohol use, and hormonal problems. Often ED is due to more than one cause. Treatments for ED include switching medications, if you are taking a medication that causes ED, prescription medications, medical devices that produce an erection, surgical procedures to correct blood flow to the penis, penile implants and psychological counseling. After application of Vitaros the onset of erection is within 5 to 30 minutes. You should not stop taking any prescription medications, unless told to do so by your doctor.