About Peyronie's Disease
Peyronie's Disease, otherwise known as penile fibrosis, is a serious physical condition suffered by many men in the U.S. With this condition, the tissue on and around a man's penis is directly affected, causing fibrous plaques to develop around the penis, and this condition can cause extreme pain and discomfort. Although the precise cause of penile fibrosis is unknown, its development has recently been linked to taking the prescription drugs Propecia or Proscar, drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Merck. Propecia and Proscar were prescribed to many men in the U.S. to treat a number of conditions such as hereditary hair loss and enlarged prostate. Unfortunately, for many of the drugs' consumers, many of those who took the drugs have reported serious side effects like penile fibrosis, conditions which can affect a person's life physically, financially, and emotionally. Penile fibrosis can result in a number of disruptive conditions. If a man suffers from penile fibrosis, he might develop lesions on his penis, experience significant pain, and have an unnatural curvature in his penis when it is erect. These conditions can make a man's normal sexual life much more difficult to maintain, and he may not be able to engage in sexual intercourse at all. Such distressing occurrences have happened to many after taking Propecia or Proscar, leaving disruptions in personal relationships, and causing all sorts of emotional trauma such as a loss of self-worth, embarrassment, and increased irritability.
Signs and Symptoms
There are several ways that a man may become aware that he has penile fibrosis. Some of the signs that may indicate that he has this condition, after having taken Propecia or Proscar, include:
- Cord-like lesions on the penis
- Unusual erections
- Pain / discomfort of the penis
- Affected tissue on or around the penis
- Unnatural curvature
- Indentations in the penis
These are all conditions that may indicate that a man has penile fibrosis, and though the exact cause of this condition is unknown, the chances of it developing in a man are increased if he took Propecia or Proscar.
Available Treatment Options
There are several possible treatments for penile fibrosis, including:
- “Watch and wait” method. Some cases resolve themselves over time.
- Surgery / grafting
- Penile implants
- Local ultrasound procedures
These treatment options are widely varied, and also vary in relative expense. Clearly, the “watch and wait” method is the most cost-effective treatment, but there's no guarantee that a particular case of penile fibrosis will end on its own. Other methods of treatment can be very expensive and beyond the means of an ordinary person who is suffering from penile fibrosis. However, if your condition developed after you took Propecia or Proscar, you may be able to hold Merck responsible for your condition, and as such, for your penile fibrosis-related costs. If you or someone you know has developed penile fibrosis in connection to Propecia or Proscar, you may be entitled to financial compensation, so contact an experienced Propecia or Proscar lawyer today to discuss your situation in greater detail.