Thursday, 12 November 2009

Pentoxifylline Study Update

Last week I posted an abstract from a new and rather exciting pentoxifylline study. Well thankfully the study is now available to be viewed click here. It's very detailed pdf document, but is a fascinating read. I would advise you to take the study to your urologist if he does not appear to be keen on prescribing pentoxifylline.

Some of the doctors involved in this study (Mohammad Reza Safarinejad etc) have carried out other peyronie's disease studies in the past, using Omega 3,vitamin E and propionyl-L-carnitine. None of these studies have had positive outcomes. In a sense I'm not disappointed by that fact though, because it shows that there is a genuine curiosity to find out what works and what doesn't for peyronie's disease, and not a desire to push a specific outcome.

If I had a wishlist, I'd quite like to see:

- Another study solidifying these findings
- A PAV cocktail study
- A study on men with very long term peyronie's (5 years+) to see if there is any difference in impovement rate
- A similiar study to this but with 400mg taken 3 or 4 times daily, instead of twice daily
- A two year study (this study suggested that the improvements gradually and constantly increased during treatment period. It'd be good to see where the end point of those improvements is. Looking at pentox use for other conditions it could be 6 - 12 month).

This pentoxifylline study really is good news, and for those very recently diagnosed there may een be additinal benefits not seen in this study. It's certainly not a cure, and it doesn't work for everyone, but pentoxifylline does appear to hinder progress of the disease in most men, and bring about noticable improvements in some.

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