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Oral testosterone can reduce erectile dysfunction in some men with low levels of natural testosterone, but it is often ineffective and may cause liver damage.
People also have claimed that other oral drugs -- including yohimbine hydrochloride, dopamine and serotonin agonists, and trazodone -- are effective as erectile dysfunction treatments, but the results of scientific studies to verify these claims have been inconsistent. The improvements seen after using these drugs may be examples of the placebo effect -- that is, a change that results simply because the person believes an improvement will occur.
Many men achieve stronger erections by injecting drugs into the penis, causing it to become engorged with blood. These medications for erectile dysfunction widen blood vessels. Injectable ED medications include:
  • Papaverine hydrochloride
  • Phentolamine
  • Alprostadil (marketed as Caverject®).
These drugs may create unwanted side effects, however, including persistent erection (known as priapism) and scarring.
Nitroglycerin, a muscle relaxant, can sometimes enhance an erection when rubbed on the penis.
A system for inserting a pellet of alprostadil into the urethra is marketed as MUSE®. This system uses a prefilled applicator to deliver the pellet about an inch deep into the urethra. With this treatment for erectile dysfunction, an erection will begin within 8 to 10 minutes and may last 30 to 60 minutes.
The most common side effects of this treatment option are:
  • Aching in the penis, testicles, and area between the penis and rectum
  • Warmth or burning sensation in the urethra
  • Redness from increased blood flow to the penis
  • Minor urethral bleeding or spotting.
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