Peyronie's Disease Treatments
Finding effective Peyronie’s Disease treatments is a difficult task as the exact cause of the illness remains unknown. Treatment seeks to alleviate symptoms and prevent worsening of the condition in many cases. Some patients see benefits from certain treatment methods, while others suffer side effects or see little improvement. Understanding the variety of treatments available for Peyronie’s Disease is one of the most important steps to finding a successful treatment plan.
Vitamins, Antioxidants, and Supplements. Vitamin E has long been used as an aid to healthy skin and tissue. It is used in Peyronie’s Disease to treat the buildup of scar tissue common to sufferers of the medical condition. Antioxidants, such as Acetyl-L-carnitine, have been suggested by some researchers to reduce symptoms of the disease. Results are inconclusive in some cases while other patients experience improvement. Research continues on the validity of other natural or holistic treatments for Peyronie’s disease.
Prescription Medications, Topical Ointments and Injections. Medications such as Cohchicine and Potaba, a potassium para amino benzoate, are used as treatments for Peyronie’s Disease based on their abilities as anti-inflammatory agents and as scar tissue reducers. Treatment with Potaba requires large doses and has been shown to present challenging digestive side effects in some patients.
Verapamil is generally administered by injection directly into the scar tissue or plaque causing disorder symptoms, although topical creams may be used as well. As with the other medications, Verapamil reduces the formation of scar tissue preventing worsening of the effects of Peyronie’s Disease.
Other medications, such as Collagenase and other enzyme based treatment medications, are in various stages of development for use in digesting the affecting scar tissue.
Surgery. Surgical removal of the plaque causing the curvature of the penis is often viewed as a last resort—and only for treatment of severe or extremely painful symptoms of the condition. Patients have a risk of increased scarring after surgery and reports have shown that, in addition to the pain and recovery time of the surgical procedures, many patients are less than satisfied with post-surgical results.
A number of treatment options are available, but there is currently no known cure for Peyronie’s. Physician’s offer a variety and combination of treatments to alleviate the affects of the condition and help patients maintain sexual functioning. If you are suffering from symptoms related to this disorder, it is important to discuss the situation with a medical professional to begin treating the disorder in its early stages.