Researchers warn that hypertension meds can cause curvature of the penis.
For men taking beta-blocking drugs for high blood pressure, there is one side-effect they need to know about ― a medical condition called Peyronie’s disease, or penile curvature. The embarrassment often causes men not to seek out medical advice.
The cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t completely understood, but it is thought that it usually results from the rupturing of small blood vessels inside the penis. For example, the penis may be damaged during sex, sport or an accident. Another cause is beta-blocking drugs used to treat high blood pressure, such as carvedilol, metoprolol and propranolol. In fact, the new guidelines for hypertension treatment suggest that a beta-blocker such as metoprolol should not be the first pill prescribed for hypertension.
Peyronie’s disease may cause pain, cord-like scar tissue, or abnormal curvature of the penis when erect due to chronic inflammation of connective tissue covering the testis. Injury to the penis can damage this tissue. If an injury heals properly, there are generally no long-term problems. In Peyronie’s disease, however, problems in the normal wound-healing process result in permanent scar tissue. The section of the sheath with scar tissue is no longer flexible. When the penis becomes erect, the region with the scar tissue doesn’t stretch, and the penis bends or becomes disfigured and may be painful. The condition may also make sexual intercourse painful and/or difficult.
Peyronie’s disease is seen more frequently in people who have hypertension, sugar diabetes, raised blood fats, and conditions affecting the heart muscle. It is also seen more commonly in people who smoke or drink a lot.
While Peyronie’s sometimes disappears spontaneously, there are several treatments for it, including surgery. Clearly, stopping the medication that triggered it is foremost!
There are several natural approaches to treating high blood pressure that are as effective and don’t come with the side-effects of anti-hypertensive drugs. Lifestyle and dietary changes are high on the list. Another important option is RESPeRATE ― the first non-invasive and natural medical device approved by the FDA and clinically proven to lower blood pressure. RESPeRATE is also effective in the reduction of stress.