Popular Pain Relievers Not Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension in Men
Men and Hypertension
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a leading source of research on the public health benefits and potential side effects of over-the-counter pain medications. Previous research has suggested a link between pain reliever use and increased risk of hypertension in women. As the data in women has grown, another BWH team set out to further define the association in men. Now, BWH epidemiologists studying the medication and health habits of participants in the landmark Physician's Health Study report that frequent use of analgesics and specific use of acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and aspirin does not appear to substantially increase a man's risk of developing hypertension. The findings are published in the September 12, 2005 issue of the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are one of the most commonly used classes of medications.