NSAID use linked to erectile dysfunction

11 March 2011

Regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase a man's risk of suffering from erectile dysfunction.

New research conducted in the US has shown that there is a positively correlating relationship between the condition and use of the common drugs.

The scientists behind the study, from the Kaiser Permanente research centre in California, looked at a total of 80,000 men between the ages of 45 and 69 - giving each a erectile dysfunction diagnosis questionnaire.

NSAID exposure was ascertained from prescription records and self-reported use.

They noted that regular users of NSAIDs had a 38 per cent increase in the risk of developing erectile dysfunction.

Dr Steven Jacobsen, director of research at the Kaiser Permanente institute said: "People shouldn't stop taking them based on this observational study.

"However, if a man is taking this class of drugs and has erectile dysfunction it's worth a discussion with his doctor."

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Jacobsen, Steven et al. "Regular Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use and Erectile Dysfunction". The Journal of Urology. Monday, February 21st 2011.


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