If you are suffering from Dupuytren’s contracture or Peyronie’s disease, you may have heard about the xiaflex injection that is used to treat certain conditions. In this article, you will learn everything there is to know about xiaflex injection.
What is Xiaflex Injection?
As it was just mentioned, this injection is used to treat certain conditions that are can be caused by a certain protein in your body. It is made out of a mixture of proteins that are taken from bacteria. Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that can be treated by this injection in adults.
Make sure to listen carefully to what your doctor has to say
Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that can cause abnormal thickening of the tissues in your palm (hand). Since this condition can get even worse over time and even form a cord in your palm, you can be left with a permanent bend in your finger.
However, xiaflex can also be used to treat another related condition, that is called the Peyronie’s disease (also in adults). This disease will plaque or the scar tissue to develop under the skin of your penis, which is going to result in an abnormal curvature of the penis while it is erect.
Xiaflex is only available from a certified pharmacy under a certain program for which you have to be registered before you are allowed to take this medication, because you first need to understand all of the risks you are taking as well. Before taking this injection, you need to tell your doctor if you have any sort of bleeding disorder, for example hemophilia.
This injection can damage the tendon, ligament or the nerve in the hand where the medicine was injected into. If you experience numbness, trouble bending your finger toward your wrist, increased pain, tingling, or if you have any new movement problems, after the swelling goes down, you should contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor as soon as you feel like there is something wrong
Besides that, Xiaflex is also able to damage your erectile tissue, which can require surgery to be corrected. If you notice any bruising and swelling on your penis, blood in the urine or pain when you urinate, a popping sound or sensation in your penis during an erection or a sudden erection problem, you should call your doctor right away.
Before taking the medicine
If you are allergic to collagenase clostridium histolyticum, you should not take Xiaflex. The Peyronie’s disease that is affecting the urethra should also not be treated with this injection. Just to make sure that this drug is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of the below:
How is Xiaflex given?
Xiaflex will be injected directly into the plaque of the penis or into the affected hand. A healthcare provider will be the one who will give you this injection, so you need to make sure to follow his/hers orders correctly and carefully.
Even if this does not work, which is quite rare, you also have a lot of other ways to treat it, for example the shockwave treatment. As soon as you feel that there is something wrong ‘downstairs’, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your doctor.