Study: Common meds may lead to problem no man wants

SAN ANTONIO (CBS) - Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills such as aspirin and ibuprofen are some of the most widely used over-the-counter drugs, but maybe not for long - for men.

A study published in the Journal of Urology showed men who used the pills to help with aches and pain five times a week or more were more likely to experience erectile dysfunction (ED).

Dr. Amy Arisco, a urologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, said so far there is no casual link, just an association.

The study showed that men who were using the over-the-counter medications were some 20 percent more likely to have some measure of ED.

Some condition that causes the men to have a higher likelihood of having erectile problems also makes them have a higher likelihood of having aches and pains.

While the results of this study raise more questions than answers, consumers may begin to see more studies on the link.

Arisco advised men to concentrate on other risk factors for ED that they can control, like high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking.

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