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What is injection therapy for erectile dysfunction?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
For men who can't or don't want to use PDE5 inhibitors, injecting medication directly into the side of the penis with a tiny needle is an effective option. Injection therapy works better than erectile dysfunction pills for men whose erectile difficulties result from diabetes or prostate cancer surgery. Men with diabetes often report that the penile injections hurt no more than insulin shots. Your healthcare provider or nurse can demonstrate the injection technique, which most men are able to learn quickly. Only one drug, alprostadil (Caverject and Edex), is approved specifically to treat erectile dysfunction in this manner, although several older drugs used for other purposes are also effective. These include papaverine (Pavabid, Genabid, and others), phenoxybenzamine (Dibenzyline), and phentolamine (Regitine).

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