The Efficacy of Medical Treatment of Peyronie's Disease: Potassium Para-Aminobenzoate Monotherapy vs. Combination Therapy with Tamoxifen, L-Carnitine, and Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitor

This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of medical treatment of Peyronie's disease.

A total of 109 patients with Peyronie's disease who had been treated from January 2011 to December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed in this study. Forty-four patients (Group 1) were treated with 12 mg of potassium para-aminobenzoate daily. Sixty-five patients (Group 2) were treated with combination therapy: tamoxifen (20 mg) and acetyl-L-carnitine (300 mg) twice daily in addition to a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor. Ability to perform sexual intercourse, pain during erection, size of plaque, and penile curvature angle were assessed.

In Group 1, 30 of 44 patients (68.2%) discontinued treatment within 12 weeks, while 5 patients (7.7%) in Group 2 discontinued treatment. Pain during erection and plaque size were improved in both groups but showed no statistical difference due to the high dropout rate in Group 1. In both groups, penile curvature was improved, but demonstrated no statistical difference between the treatment groups. However, combination therapy demonstrated a better response rate in patients whose penile curvature angle was less than 30° (44.4% vs. 79.1%, p=0.048). The rate of successful sexual intercourse was significantly higher in Group 2 (42.8% vs. 78.3%, p=0.034). The number of patients who underwent surgical correction despite medical treatment was significantly higher in Group 1 (35.7% vs. 13.3%, p=0.048).

Early medical combination therapy in Peyronie's disease may present better results in patients whose curvature angle is less than 30°.

The world journal of men's health. 2016 Apr 30 [Epub]

Tae Yong Park, Hyeong Guk Jeong, Jong Jin Park, Ji Yun Chae, Jong Wook Kim, Mi Mi Oh, Hong Seok Park, Je Jong Kim, Du Geon Moon

Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

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