The next time you have aches and pains you may want to stray away from Ibuprofen. The anti-inflammatory works wonders on muscle pain, but it may not be great for everybody. According to a new study, Ibuprofen has some unintended side effects. Some of the young men who were given the drug experienced something no one had expected.
This study was a continuation of a study of the effects that Ibuprofen had on women who were pregnant with sons. According to IFL Science, women who used Ibuprofen when pregnant with a son had exposed their fetus as well. The children did show lack of testosterone.
Men who take a high-level of the pain-relieving pill “alters human testicular physiology.” The study took place in Denmark and was conducted on men 31 men age 35, according to USA Today.
To resolve the possibility of men suffering from the placebo effect, those orchestrating the study did not tell the men that half of them would be receiving sugar pills while the others received 1200 milligrams of Ibuprofen, the maximum amount recommended.
The study was done within a six-week period and within the first two weeks the study found that men were suffering from rapid loss of testosterone. This rapid loss has been linked to strokes and depression.
When the body tries to compensate for the loss of testosterone it is commonly referred to as hypogonadism. This study was conducted based on a large number of people using the pills on a daily basis.
The study pointed out that severe testosterone loss was only found for those who used the pill on a daily basis. Athletes who played at a higher level are subject to this effect as well as they regularly rely on the pill for pain management.
The conclusion of the study said: “we report a univocal depression of important aspects of testicular function, including testosterone production, after use of over-the-counter ibuprofen.”
IFL Science reported that this was the first study that looked at Ibuprofen and its potential link to testosterone loss.