Dr Taufiq, Resident Doctor, DTAP Clinic, will be sharing on how to properly administer Caverject.
Caverject is a medication that is used for Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
What’s in Caverject?
The main ingredient is Alprostadil. This medication increases blood flow into the penis and dilates the blood vessels. By so doing, it will improve erection in the penis.
What is included in a box of Caverject?
- One bottle of powder – the medication
- Two needles, one big and one small
- A paper manual to refer to
- A syringe that contains the diluent which will be used to dilute the medication powder
- 2 packets of alcohol swabs
How do you inject Caverject?
Step 1: Open the vial of the powder and use an alcohol swab to clean the top of the vial.
Step 2: Break open the seal for the syringe with diluent
Step 3: Open the packaging for the large needle and attach the large needle to the syringe. Make sure it’s sealed tightly together. Pull off the cap of the needle and be careful, the needle is very sharp, do not accidentally poke yourself.
Step 4: Inject the needle into the vial and fill the vial with the diluent.
Step 5: Remove the needle and slightly shake the bottle, mixing the solution with the powder.
Step 6: Once the diluent and powder in the vial is mixed, draw out the liquid and put back the cap of the large needle in order to remove it. When putting on the cap, make sure you hear a cap sound before proceeding to turn it anticlockwise to remove it.
Step 7: Remove the smaller needle from the packaging and attach the syringe turning it clockwise until it fits. You will need to remove the excess air inside the diluent.
To do so, remove the cap of the needle, make sure the liquid goes up to the top and the air goes all the way up. Put back the cap and check with your doctor for the right dose. Inject the right dose by looking at the measuring lines at the side of the syringe.
Step 8: Preparing for the injection.
The area of injection is the top and side of the penis. Do not inject directly into the top but slightly to the right into the muscle of the penis. Clean area of injection with an alcohol swab and inject at a 45 degree angle towards the cleaned area. Go in directly and inject and once it is complete, remove it.
Step 9: After the injection you are advised to press on the injection wound and massage the medication upwards to distribute the medication into the penis muscle.
[Always dispose of sharps into a sharps box or in a container or plastic bottle.]
Potential risks or side effects?
Potential risks or side effects from using Caverject includes bleeding and pain in the penis. The risk of pain can be alleviated by pressing onto wound. If you are allergic you are advised not to use it, do speak to your doctor before using this medication.
When should I use Caverject?
Caverject is to be used 15 minutes before sexual intercourse.