PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
Depending on the probable cause of the priapism, steps to prevent priapism may include:
- Treating the disease that may have caused priapism
- Changing medications if a prescription medication was the probable cause
- Avoiding triggers, such as alcohol or illegal drugs
- Self-injection of phenylephrine to stop prolonged erections
- Hormone treatment — only for adult men
- Prescription muscle relaxant, such as baclofen (Lioresal)
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- AUA guideline on the management of priapism. Linthicum, Md.: American Urological Association Education and Research Inc. http://www.auanet.org/content/guidelines-and-quality-care/clinical-guidelines/main-reports/priapism/online.pdf. Accessed Sept. 7, 2010.
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- Burnett AL, et al. Priapism: Current principles and practice. Urology Clinics of North America. 2007;34:631.