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Active ingredient: Papaverine - Brands, Medical Use, Clinical Data

Brands, Medical Use, Clinical Data

Drug Category

  • Vasodilator Agents

Dosage Forms

  • Liquid

Brands / Synonyms

Alapav; Artegodan; Cardiospan; Cardoverina; Cepaverin; Cerebid; Cerespan; Chlorhydrate de Papaverine; Delapav; Dilaves; Dispamil; Drapavel; Durapav; Dynovas; Forpavin; Genabid; Myobid; Optenyl; Pameion; Pamelon; Panergon; Pap H; Papacon; Papalease; Papanerin; Papanerin-Hcl; Papanerine; Papavarine Chlorhydrate; Papaverin; Papaverine; Papaverine Chlorohydrate; Papaverine Hcl; Papaverine Hydrochloride; Papaverine Monohydrochloride; Papaverine, Hydrochloride; Papaverinium Chloride; Papaversan; Papital T.R.; Paptial T.R.; Pavabid; Pavabid Hp; Pavacap; Pavacels; Pavacen; Pavacot; Pavadel; Pavagen; Pavakey; Pavarine; Pavased; Pavatest; Pavatine; Pavatym; Paverolan; Paveron; Pavnell; Qua Bid; Ro-Papav; Robaxapap; Spasmo-Nit; Therapav; Vasal; Vaso-Pav; Vasospan


For the treatment of impotence


Papaverine is a nonxanthine phosphodiesterase inhibitor for the relief of cerebral and peripheral ischemia associated with arterial spasm and myocardial ischemia complicated by arrhythmias. The main actions of Papaverine are exerted on cardiac and smooth muscle. Like qathidine, Papaverine acts directly on the heart muscle to depress conduction and prolong the refractory period. Papaverine relaxes various smooth muscles. This relaxation may be prominent if spasm exists. The muscle cell is not paralyzed by Papaverine and still responds to drugs and other stimuli causing contraction. The antispasmodic effect is a direct one, and unrelated to muscle innervation. Papaverine is practically devoid of effects on the central nervous system. Papaverine relaxes the smooth musculature of the larger blood vessels, especially coronary, systemic peripheral, and pulmonary arteries.

Mechanism of Action

Perhaps by its direct vasodilating action on cerebral blood vessels, Papaverine increases cerebral blood flow and decreases cerebral vascular resistance in normal subjects; oxygen consumption is unaltered. These effects may explain the benefit reported from the drug in cerebral vascular encephalopathy.


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Biotrnasformation / Drug Metabolism

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Intravenous injection of papaverine is contraindicated in the presence of complete atrioventricular heart block. When conduction is depressed, the drug may produce transient ectopic rhythms of ventricular origin, either premature beats or paroxysmal tachycardia.

Papaverine hydrochloride is not indicated for the treatment of impotence by intracorporeal injection. The intracorporeal injection of papaverine hydrochloride has been reported to have resulted in persistent priapism requiring medical and surgical intervention.

Drug Interactions

No information provided.


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