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What are side effects of penile injections for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
The main side effects of penile injections for erectile dysfunction (ED) are mild to moderate pain, bruising, or scarring. Like phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors (drugs that augment cyclic GMP, a chemical that relaxes smooth muscle in the penis, improving blood flow during sexual stimulation), these drugs can cause low blood pressure and priapism.

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