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Can NSAIDs cause erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Men who use NSAIDs, which includes the common over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen, on a regular basis and over a long period of time, may be more likely to experience erectile dysfunction (ED). NSAIDs stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and they are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. In one study of more than 80,000 men, those who regularly took NSAIDs were more than twice as likely to have ED compared to men who didn't take these medications on a regular basis. If you are taking NSAIDs for arthritis or a chronic pain condition, and are experiencing ED, talk to your doctor to see if there are medication alternatives.
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause erectile dysfunction (ED). NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin) and naproxen (Aflaxen, Aleve and Anaprox) are taken to relieve headache, sore muscles, fever and inflammation. If you think ibuprofen or another NSAID is causing ED, your doctor or pharmacist can recommend a different medication.

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