Vitaros Cream For Erectile Dysfunction

Vitaros Cream For Erectile Dysfunction

There are many available treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction. In this article, we will be focusing on Vitaros cream, a new formulation of Alprostadil, designed to provide the rapid onset of an erection with fewer systemic side-effects as compared to current oral therapies.

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual performance. Prevalence of ED is estimated to be up to 50% in all men around the world. Like most diseases, the prevalence of ED increases with age with 40% of men at age 40 and 70% of men at age 70 reporting symptoms of ED. 

A good quality erection is the bedrock of a man’s sexual health. So important is an erection that people in the past used to view it as a measure of a man’s vitality, hence the archaic label of impotency being used before the current term Erectile Dysfunction.

To achieve the end point of an erection, blood vessels need to relax, allow blood to fill the muscles in the penis and create enough pressure to slow the outflow of blood. Current knowledge of the biochemical processes behind an erection have delineated two pathways that the body uses to relax the blood vessels to allow blood into the penis. 

These two pathways can be thought of as the Indirect and Direct pathways.

The Indirect pathway relies on the nervous system to release neurotransmitters that result in a cascade of events resulting in the blood vessels dilating. Current oral therapies such as Viagra and Cialis target the Indirect pathway.

The Direct pathway on the other hand, uses a single compound (prostaglandin E1) to open up the blood vessels to achieve an erection. The active ingredient in Vitaros is Alprostadil which is a synthetic version of this compound. As opposed to the oral therapies for ED, Vitaros bypasses the nervous system and acts directly on the penis to create an erection.

As a result, Vitaros avoids the shortcomings of oral therapies such as poor absorption with fatty meals and alcohol, interactions with other medications, headaches and giddiness. 


Vitaros comes in the form of a single use syringe. Application of Vitaros is done by dropping the medication directly into the opening at the tip of the penis. The syringe does not need to touch the penis or enter the urethra. Vitaros gets absorbed through the penile tissues and acts directly on the blood vessels to create an erection.

Vitaros has the fastest onset of action compared to any other ED treatments – full erection is achieved within 10 – 12 minutes of application and lasts for approximately 1 hour.

This is good for men who prefer an on-demand ED medication but do not want the effects of the medication to remain in their systems for prolonged periods (as is the case with oral therapies for ED).

Common side effects

The most common side-effect reported for Vitaros is local irritation to the area of application. Partner related side-effects such as vaginal discomfort have also been reported in a few cases. The extent of the irritation was reported to be mild to moderate in majority of the cases and lasting less than 60 minutes. 

In summary, the latest formulation of Alprostadil in the form of Vitaros cream provides men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction with the option of a medication which acts directly on the blood vessel allowing for rapid onset of action with few systemic side effects compared to the current oral therapies. 

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