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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Not Linked to ED Risk

Oct 07, 2015

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Not Linked to ED RiskNew research suggests that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not increase a man’s risk for erectile dysfunction (ED).

NSAIDs are commonly prescribed for pain conditions, like arthritis and headaches. They work by reducing inflammation in the affected area. Aspirin and ibuprofen are two types of NSAIDs.

Inflammation can also be involved with ED, the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. With this in mind, scientists have investigated whether the anti-inflammatory mechanisms in NSAIDs might help men with erections. But past research has shown an increased risk of ED among men who take NSAIDs.


Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) not linked to ED Risk. (Click to tweet)


In a study published last month in BJU International, American researchers examined data from 4,726 men in the United States who ranged in age from 55 to 69 years. None of the men had ED at the start of the study period, which lasted up to seven years. Every three months, the participants answered questions about their overall health, the medications they took, and their sexual function.


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