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Prolonged Erection (Overview)

Generally an erection lasting over 4 hours is considered prolonged. If it is due to ed medications, it should resolve spontaneously, but consultation with a urologist is suggested.


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Which drugs can cause you to have a prolonged erection as a side effect?

Which drugs can cause you to have a prolonged erection as a side effect?

Trazadone!: This is a definite side effect of this drug. However, male hormones, and ed drugs will do it too. ...Read more

Prolonged Erection (Overview)

Generally an erection lasting over 4 hours is considered prolonged. If it is due to ed medications, it should resolve spontaneously, but consultation with a urologist is suggested.


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How can doctors get rid of an erection that's already lasted for hours?

How can doctors get rid of an erection that's already lasted for hours?

Penile injection: Hopefully they can inject a drug to decrease the blood flowing in and stop the erection. Sometimes it requires a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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How can I avoid prolonged erections?

How can I avoid prolonged erections?

Love wisely & well: At your age, most men get frequent erections, though not so often as during the teens and twenties. Normal sexual activity with a partner or by yourself. If someone has made you feel guilty or concerned about this natural phenomenon or the thoughts that go with them, then talk to someone with common sense who's not trying to manipulate you through fear. And love responsibly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: prolonged erection?

What is the definition or description of: prolonged erection?

Depends: Generally an erection lasting over 4 hours is considered prolonged. If it is due to ed medications, it should resolve spontaneously, but consultation with a urologist is suggested. ...Read more

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Which drugs can cause you to have a prolonged erection as a side effect?

Trazadone!: This is a definite side effect of this drug. However, male hormones, and ed drugs will do it too. ...Read more

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Could prolonged erection from masturbation be harmful?

No: Nature limits this. In fact, there is some evidence that extreme efforts to avoid ejaculation are harmful to the prostate both in the short and long runs, as well as making life -- which is already hard enough -- much more difficult. Learn about your body, and use your sexuality responsibly and wisely. ...Read more

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I am experiencing prolonged erection. I took 500MG of Viagra by mouth 4 1/2 hours ago.

I am experiencing prolonged erection. I took 500MG of Viagra by mouth 4 1/2 hours ago.

Oops: That is 5x the recommended dose if the 500 is correct. You may have to wait it out or go to ER IF it doesn't go down soon ...Read more

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Was with my gf. Had a prolonged erection without ejaculation yesterday, today I masturbated, saw blood in whole semen, im scared, serious? I hav prostatitis

Was with my gf. Had a prolonged erection without ejaculation yesterday, today I masturbated, saw blood in whole semen, im scared, serious? I hav prostatitis

Don't worry: I'm glad you have somebody special. This happens to many men from time to time, especially after prolonged arousal. Nobody really understands why, but it's not something to worry about unless you have other symptoms / signs over at least two weeks. ...Read more

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How does a urologist treat casual painless priapism erections?

Here are some...: I'm unsure if what you experienced & reported fits the definition of priapism, which denotes persistent prolonged unbearable painful erection, which requires a timely medical intervention so to prevent its long-term adverse effect - erectile dysfunction. So, what you reported may present a normal but "longer" than usual erection. Clinically, check if you're on any drug which may affect erection. ...Read more

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If a person has a peyronies plague, can it become worse by priapism erections?

If a person has a peyronies plague, can it become worse by priapism erections?

Peyronie's disease: Priapism can worsen the disease because stress on the plaques may cause more scarring. You should be evaluated by a physician qualified to make the diagnosis. Current treatment options are limited, but for some men it resolves on its own. Consider a HealthTap Concierge visit if you would like personalized advice for your concern. ...Read more

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Could my peyronies plague have caused the painful 10 second priapism type of erection?

Priapism: First of all, by definition, priapism does not last 10 seconds. Peyronie's plaques may cause pain with erection but have no relation to priapism ...Read more

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Recently had problems getting erection. Dr gave me a few viagra (sildenafil). Afraid to take because of risk of priapism. Thoughts?

Recently had problems getting erection. Dr gave me a few viagra (sildenafil). Afraid to take because of risk of priapism. Thoughts?

PRIAPISM: It is a potential side effect but I have only seen it with patients with pooly controlled sickle cell anemia or elicit drug use. It is safe and effective. If this is not reassuring enough use a small dose first (25 mg) as a trial. The trials before it was fda approved used several times the eventual recomended dose to determine safety. ...Read more

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Why is a person still able to urinate if he has ignored his priapism experience. How come he had an erection after it ended? What can be damaged?

Priapism: Priapism is a painful erection lasting more than four hours. It can (but does not always) damage the erectile tissue in the penis. It has no effect on the urinary function of the penis ...Read more

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If you take viagra (sildenafil) prior to sleep would nocturnal erections induce priapism?

Possibly: Viagra (sildenafil) and any agent used treat erectile dysfunction can induce priapism. If viagra (sildenafil) is taken at night, then it is possible that a normal erection could last longer and cause priapism. Who actually develops priapism depends on their risk factors such as age, comorbidities including diabetes and hypertension, and use of other medications. The more comorbidities a man has, the less likely. ...Read more

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Can priapism erections over time damage the cremaster muscle eventually? What r the symptoms of cremaster muscle damage?

Only one function: Cremaster has only one function acts as sling to testicle controls the position of testes has no roll in erection. Priapism may lead to more serious consequences, if untreated will damage structure and integrity of penis (fibrosis of corpus cavernosa) Consult urologist and avoid erectile dysfunction in future. ...Read more

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What can cause blood flooding in the penis for days after a priapism? If blood enters easily during erection, what stops it from leaving?

What can cause blood flooding in the penis for days after a priapism? If blood enters easily during erection, what stops it from leaving?

Inflammation: priapism often/usually changes the dynamics of blood flow. The veins can become distended. There can be inflammation that brings blood in, and/or blocks the flow of blood outward.
Needs to be followed up on pretty much immediately ...Read more

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I have suffered a priapism tow months ago, I do have partial erection at night is it possible that I recover without installing prosthesis implant?

Priapism cause?: What was the reason of your priapism? Priapism, as for example due to medications, that was treated promptly and did not cause scarring could return to baseline. Any event that leads to significant scarring, such as prolonged priapism and related to sickle cell disease may make it more difficult to have normal erections. However that does not mean you will need a prosthesis. Consult a urologist. ...Read more

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Priapism (Definition)

A painful erection that lasts more than four hours. Prolonged erection results in low oxygen level in the erectile chambers which causes pain ...Read more


Erection (Definition)

An erection refers to the stiff or erect penis. An erection that is " normal" means that it is ...Read more