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Medication and Traction Help Men with Peyronie’s Disease

Medication and Traction Help Men with Peyronie’s DiseaseMedication combined with traction therapy could offer men with Peyronie’s disease an effective, low-cost treatment option.

A recent study investigated the use of either pentoxifylline or colchicine, along with traction therapy, in 46 men with Peyronie’s disease.

Men with Peyronie’s disease develop deformities of the penis after plaques (areas of hardened scar tissue) from just under the surface of the skin. Often, there is a distinct curve that makes intercourse difficult. Men may also have pain and trouble with erections.

In addition to the physical symptoms, Peyronie’s disease can have a psychological impact. Men may become depressed or anxious about their sexual life.

For some patients, surgery to straighten the penis is the answer. However, that’s not an option for all men, and it isn’t always appropriate for men with milder cases of Peyronie’s. Injections of collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (CCH) is another treatment approach, but this path can be expensive.

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