A very recent study has been revealed that taking a daily dose of painkillers can double a man’s risk of impotence.
Scientists found that daily doses of the drugs, including the popular over-the-counter pill ibuprofen, increased the risk of erectile problems in middle-aged and elderly men. For many aging men, a dose of painkiller which is easily available across the counter becomes part of their daily regimen. When dealing with the general aches and pains of aging, there is usually very little hesitation when considering the possible side effects of these everyday painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications.This research was conducted by a group of scientist led by Dr. Joseph Gleason from Los Angeles, which eventually proved that even when other factors like illness and age are included those men using pain medications were more likely to suffer from impotence. This study was later on published by the Journal of Urology, which stated that men who used ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen were 38% more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction compared to those men who did not make use of this class of medication known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers. These groups of medicines could have a severe impact on the male hormones which play a major role in resulting of a male erection. Though these studies did not categorically prove that the pain killers caused impotence, but only that there was some evidence that they did play a part in causing impotence.
There was another research which was conducted at the University of Tampere in Finland which suggested that for the first time that some cases of male impotence may be due to a class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. But avoiding such drugs is not easy as well, because many patients suffering from inflammation and arthritis have to take such drugs as part of their road to recovery and Ibuprofen is known to be the most selling painkiller across the globe. Arthritis sufferers are more at risk of impotence but until now it was thought to be caused by effects of the disease but the role of painkiller can also not be ignored. However, a study in the Journal of Urology suggests drugs which control the pain may play a part.
Arteries present in penis are much smaller than the ones that go to the heart. Narrow arteries do not allow the blood to flow in the penis. It is this blood flow that makes the penis swell, causing erection. When the study was conducted among 81,000 men in the age group of 49-69 years, nearly 50% of the men said that they use painkillers on a regular basis and among those group 64% of the men on painkillers reported of never achieving an erection. After considering the other risk factors like weight, age, blood pressure and heart ailments, the researchers found that men on painkillers were at 38% higher risk of erectile dysfunction. Though there is a lot of speculation still on this study, since ED or Impotence is a common problem in aging men even without the use of painkiller, here are also other factors that must be considered, such as the effects of poor diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption. As a result, a conclusive statement cannot yet be made as to just how detrimental these medications are.
But with ever developed science and technology, it has also given us various options. Today oral medicines like Generic Viagra, Tadalis are more commonly prescribed if the patient shows any symptom of Erectile Dysfunction. Moreover easy availability of these medicines through online pharmacy has really been a blessing to such patients