What should I do if I think I have priapism?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The purpose of using erectile dysfunction medication is to get an erection. But If you think you have priapism, a possible side effect from erectile dysfunction medications, call your doctor or seek immediate emergency care. Priapism refers to an erection which is painful or lasts more than four hours. An erection that lasts more than four hours can harm your penis and affect your ability to have erections in the future.
Priapism is the medical term for an erection persists several hours after, or is unrelated to, sexual stimulation. This painful condition is a potential side effect of medications that treat erectile dysfunction (ED). If you experience an erection that lasts more than four hours after taking Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), or Levitra (vardenafil) get immediate medical help to avoid scarring and permanent ED. Do not try to “wait it out” or to treat the condition on your own. 

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