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Vitaros is an innovative topical cream for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), offering a unique alternative to oral medications. Containing the active ingredient alprostadil, Vitaros enhances blood flow to the penis, facilitating the achievement and maintenance of an erection. Suitable for men who may not be able to use oral ED treatments, it’s applied directly to the penis using a single-use applicator, providing a discreet and convenient solution.


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About Vitaros

Vitaros, containing the active ingredient alprostadil, is a topical cream used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). It was approved for use as a unique approach to ED treatment, offering an alternative to oral medications. Alprostadil, the active component in Vitaros, is a type of medication known as a prostaglandin. It works by expanding blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the penis, which helps to achieve and maintain an erection.

Vitaros is distinct from oral ED medications like Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil) as it is applied directly to the penis, which can be beneficial for those who are unable to take oral treatments.

How to Take Vitaros

Vitaros is applied topically to the tip of the penis (the urethral meatus) using a single-use applicator. The cream should be used 5 to 30 minutes before sexual activity. It is important to follow the specific instructions provided with the medication for correct application.

Food and alcohol do not affect the action of Vitaros, making it a flexible option for many men.


Vitaros is available in two strengths: 200 micrograms (mcg) and 300 mcg. The recommended starting dose is usually the lower strength, with the possibility of increasing to the higher strength based on individual response and tolerability. It is recommended not to use Vitaros more than 2 to 3 times a week, with at least 24 hours between each dose.

Consulting a Doctor

Men considering Vitaros for erectile dysfunction should consult a healthcare provider for a proper assessment. Since ED can be a symptom of underlying health issues, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, it’s important to address these potential causes. A healthcare provider can also guide the safe and effective use of Vitaros, especially considering any other medications or health conditions.

Effectiveness of Vitaros

Clinical studies have indicated that Vitaros is effective in helping men achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Its effectiveness can vary among individuals, but it provides a viable treatment option, particularly for those who cannot take oral ED medications.


Vitaros is designed for use by men only and has no known effects on fertility. It is not intended for use by women.

Side Effects of Vitaros

While Vitaros is generally well-tolerated, it can cause side effects. Common side effects include local irritation, redness, or burning sensation at the site of application. Less common side effects can include swelling of the penis, urethral pain, and mild urethral bleeding or spotting. A comprehensive list of side effects can be found in the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet.

Cautions When Taking Vitaros


Coexisting Medical Conditions

Men with certain medical conditions, such as those with increased risk for priapism (prolonged erections), or those with severe heart or liver problems, should use Vitaros with caution. The full list of contraindications and cautions can be found in the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet.

Interacting Medications

Vitaros can interact with other medications for erectile dysfunction and certain blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants). It’s important to disclose all current medications to the healthcare provider to ensure safe use.

Effects on Ability to Drive and Use Machines

Vitaros has no known effect on the ability to drive or use machines.

Alternative Treatment

Other treatments for erectile dysfunction include oral medications like Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil), as well as other forms of alprostadil, such as injections or urethral suppositories. Consulting with a healthcare provider can help determine the most suitable treatment option.

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