In a newly published research published in May issue of Spine, it has been reported that persons who regularly take opoid painkillers are associated with higher risk of erectile dysfunction.
The study was a cross-sectional analysis of electronic medical and pharmacy records.
Electronic records of 11327 males with back pain were studied to find out if the men taking prescription painkillers were more likely to also receive prescriptions for testosterone replacement or ED medications.
Opioid use was categorized as
- “none” for men who did not receive a prescription for opioids
- “acute” for men who took opioids for three months or less
- “episodic” for men who took opioids for more than three months, but less than four months and with fewer than 10 refills
- “long-term” for men who took opioids (a) for at least four months or (b) for more than three months with 10 or more refills.
Anything more than 120 mg of morphine equivalent was categorized as high-dose use. [Read more...]