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Does insurance pay for injections to treat erectile dysfunction?

Don’t count on it. Though some policies may have limited coverage for injectable erectile dysfunction treatment, most do not, because the drugs are not considered medically necessary. Plus, they can be expensive. Most plans don’t cover Viagra and pill therapies for erectile dysfunction either, so it’s best to go into the treatment process understanding that it will require a certain financial investment.

Treatments for erectile dysfunction can be costly, but they can vastly improve quality of life for men with chronic erectile dysfunction.

You might be pleasantly surprised. If you are prescribed brand name injectables like Caverject and Edex, you’ll pay a per-injection cost roughly on par with a single dose of name brand Viagra – around $30 to $40 per dose. The good news is since these drugs have been around far longer, generics equivalents are available in the United States, and these can bring the per-injection cost down to around $10.

Medicare plans, in general, don’t cover injectable treatments for erectile dysfunction. Depending on dosage, expect to pay around $143-$183 for two-dose powder supplies of name brand Caverject that you mix for injection. Many men, however, qualify for drug discount cards that can confer significant savings in the form of a rebate or coupon.

Injection therapy is an option for treatment of erectile dysfunction. Though it’s not necessarily an appealing option, since it does involve injecting medication directly into the penis, actual pain associated with the process is said to be very minor. And injection therapy for erectile dysfunction offers men who can’t take oral medications like Viagra an option for regaining sexual intimacy.

Injectable erectile dysfunction drugs are dispensed by prescription only, and self-injection does require training. Getting the right dose can take a bit of trial and error, but for men who are allergic to Viagra or other PDE-5 inhibitors, or who cannot take drugs in that class due to contraindications with other drugs they take, injections for erectile dysfunction can make a tremendous difference in quality of life, both for the patients themselves, and for their partners.

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