Prescription pain killers or NSAID can contribute to the worsening of erectile dysfunction and even cause impotence in men who have never experienced it. According to the recent study pain killing medications available under prescription such as opiate-based narcotic medications OxyContin, Vicodin or Lortab, Motrin, Advil can produce erectile problems in men using them regularly. Opiate containing medications depress central nervous system, which means they affect the abilities of the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for erectile problem.
Other pain-killing drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen have little risk for ED development if taken for the medical purposes they are indicated to. These medicines restrict the actions of enzymes that produce the chemicals responsible for the “pain” feeling, and they do not depress central nervous system. As such, they do not directly affect the parasympathetic nervous system.
Still some experts believe that the use of any pain killing medications without need or for a long period of time may negatively influence general health and sexual function in men. Several studies found association with pain killers being able to reduce Nitric Oxide release, which takes a great part in erection process. According to one Finnish research persons who regularly use NSAID in large doses have a doubled rate of erectile dysfunction compared to those who do not use these drugs regularly.
Impotence problem can be a trouble during the use of certain pain killing medications. Still, FDA claims that pain medications are safe to use if they are used properly and as long as directed by your doctor.