What is Vitaros cream?
Vitaros is a prescription cream you can apply to the head of the penis for erectile dysfunction. It comes in a 100mg tube in two different strengths: 200mcg and 300mcg (Or Vitaros 2mg/g and 3mg/g).
The main ingredient in Vitaros cream is alprostadil, which mimics a chemical we have in our bodies called prostaglandin E1 (PGE1). Alprostadil belongs to a class of drugs called vasodilators, which means that it helps blood vessels to widen. Vasodilators are used a lot in medicine, but the only approved therapeutic use for Vitaros is to treat erectile dysfunction.
How does Vitaros work?
Vitaros widens the blood vessels and relaxes the smooth muscles in the penis. This causes an erection that’s hard and firm enough for sexual activity.
Shortly before having sex, you’ll gently apply Vitaros alprostadil cream to the opening at the tip of the penis, called the urethra. Its cream formulation penetrates your urethra to produce an erection in as little as five minutes.
Who is Vitaros for?
Vitaros Cream is used by men who either can’t take oral treatments for ED such as Viagra or Cialis, or who have tried them and found them to be ineffective. You may be more familiar with pills like Viagra or Cialis, because they are usually the first option for most men with ED. Doctors prescribe pills to treat erectile dysfunction more often since they are low risk medicines and easily swallowed.
But some men can’t take these pills for medical reasons, so they get alternative treatments. Vitaros is one such alternative to Viagra and Cialis, along with other alprostadil medications (such as injections or urethral suppositories).