Edex

Generic Name: Alprostadil

  • What is Edex?

    Edex is an injection system that is injected into the base of the penis. This medicine is used to treat erectile dysfunction, also called impotence, for men (inability to attain or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse) that is due to nerve damage, impaired blood circulation in the penis, hormonal imbalances, emotional problems, or mixed causes.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Edex?

    Edex can cause bleeding or bruising at the injection site. To prevent this, apply firm pressure to the injection site for five minutes or until the bleeding stops.

    Edex can cause painful, prolonged erections. Tell your doctor immediately if you still have an erection 4 hours after the injection.

    Edex will not protect you or your partner from sexually transmitted diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV or AIDS).

    The needle can break while you are using Edex. To avoid this, pay careful attention to your doctor's instructions on how to handle the injection device properly. If the needle breaks during the injection and you are able to see and grasp the broken end, remove it and tell your doctor. However, tell your doctor immediately if you cannot see or grasp the broken end.

  • Who should not take Edex?

    Edex is not for use in women or children.

    Do not use Edex if you have penile implants, severe penile curvature, or if you have been advised not to undertake sexual activity.

    Do not use Edex if you have conditions that make you more prone to blood clots, such as sickle cell anemia or tumor of the bone marrow (multiple myeloma). These conditions increase your risk of having a painful, prolonged erection.

    Do not use Edex if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Edex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Edex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have penile implants, severe penile curvature, bleeding problems, or blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, leukemia, or multiple myeloma.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1-40 micrograms (mcg) as needed for a sufficient erection. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

  • How should I take Edex?

    Use Edex as prescribed by your doctor. Edex is injected into the base of the penis. Your doctor should inject the first doses of Edex and instruct you on the proper self-injection technique. Each dose should be injected at least 24 hours apart. An erection should begin within 5-20 minutes after injecting Edex. The treatment goal of Edex is to produce an erection that lasts no longer than one hour. The reconstituted cartridge and needle are intended for single use only. Discard it after using it.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Edex.

  • What should I avoid while taking Edex?

    Do not use more than three doses of Edex per week.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Edex?

    If Edex is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Edex with heparin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Edex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: bleeding, bruising, penile pain, prolonged erection

  • Can I receive Edex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Edex is intended for use only by men and must not be used by women.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Edex?

    Edex should be given under special circumstances or given only as needed.

  • How should I store Edex?

    Store at room temperature. When traveling, do not store in the checked luggage during air travel or leave in a closed automobile.