Infertility Problems: Men warned to avoid Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and other painkillers have been identified to have negative effects on fertility.

According to findings from a small study conducted by expert researchers, taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked to other factors responsible for infertility in men.

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The researchers noted that their study was inspired by a decline in male fertility around the world, adding that they wanted to verify how ibuprofen might have contributed to the negative trend.

Ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold without a prescription for short-term treatment of pain, inflammation from injuries, and fever, is also known to be a causal factor for most heart attacks.

Although some health professionals may recommend longer-term use of the product for patients, this research proves it is a high-level risk. Users are likely to suffer stroke after taking ibuprofen in high doses over a long period of time.

Ibuprofen has also been reported to have links to female fertility problems.

The Danish and French study looked at 31 athletic men between the ages of 18 and 35; half of the group were provided with 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day for 2 weeks even though the maximum recommended dose in the U.S. is 800mg up to four times a day.

A dummy (placebo) tablet was given to the second group, with medical samples taken from all participants before and after the trial for comparison.

According to the researchers, results show that men who took ibuprofen were more likely to have indications of testicular problems, including a condition called compensated hypogonadism, which affects reproductive health.

In other words, all male participants suffered symptoms which could pose problems to their reproductive health. This implies they were less likely to father a child from that condition, which is more common in older men than younger ones.

Advil and Motrin are the most common brands of ibuprofen available in drugstores.

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The landmark study proves that ibuprofen affects the pituitary gland that’s involved in production of the male hormone testosterone, as well as other processes linked to sperm production.

In reaction to the results collated from this medical research, a health expert from Newcastle University in England and the Society for Endocrinology, Richard Quinton (MD) said: “This is a landmark study that elegantly combines clinical and basic research, at both tissue and cellular levels, to show that ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter painkiller, can reversibly hinder testosterone production by testicular cells.”

Quinton earlier said that most warnings regarding this family of painkillers have focused on limiting long-term use in the elderly to prevent gastrointestinal, renal and cardiac adverse effects.

“This study should give pause for thought to sportsmen using them routinely for exercise-induced aches and pains,” the health professional added.

Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield also offered an important piece of advice ibuprofen addicts saying, “The results suggest that long-term use (several weeks) of ibuprofen can affect the production of the male hormone by the testicles. The authors speculate that this could have health implications for such men, given the known links between the disruption of such hormones and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infertility.

“However, this is currently speculative. So, for the time being, I would urge men who need to take ibuprofen to continue to do so. However, it is recommended that if men (or women) need to take it for more than 3 days consecutively then they should first consult their family doctor.”

“Long-term use of ibuprofen has other negative effects on overall health so people should only be taking it over a period of weeks, months or years if a doctor has prescribed it,” warns Kevin McEleny, PhD, from the British Fertility Society.

Kevin continued, “This was a short-term study and the effects seen on testicular health may be reversible. No direct effect on fertility was shown, but the results of this initial study suggest that it warrants further investigation.”

British woman spends 2 months in an Egyptian prison for possessing painkillers; could face 25 years in jail or death

A British woman who was arrested in Egypt nearly a month ago is wallowing in pain and misery. She was wrongfully remanded for possessing painkillers.

Following her arrest in the North African country, she was found to be carrying drugs which were later identified as Naproxen and Tramadol.

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According to The Sun, Laura Plummer said she flew into the country with drugs meant for her husband’s sore back.

The 33-year-old woman reportedly visited her Egyptian husband, Omar, about two or four times in a year. It was unclear if she had traveled with such drugs in her previous visits.

However, Plummer’s family in Hull told the news outlet that she had 29 strips of Tramadol, each containing 10 tablets, and some Naproxen.

Speaking during an interview with The Associated Press, Mr James Plummer, a brother to the alleged drug trafficker, said: ‘The whole thing has been blown out of proportion.’

The suspect reportedly signed a 38-page statement in Arabic which she thought would result in her release, but since then, she has been held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 other women for nearly a month.

Mr Plummer said his sister thought she was offering assistance to her husband by bringing the medication and added that she must be going through hell in prison.

‘She’s suffering for a good deed. Her husband was involved in an accident and the drugs were for him,’ he said. ‘Life in prison is hell…she must be completely out of her comfort zone.’

James, 31, said his family heard that Laura is facing about 25 years behind bars, if convicted of drug trafficking.

An unnamed lawyer also said there’s chance she could get the death penalty.

According to Mr James, his family visited Laura in the Egyptian prison and were shocked to see her looking pathetically thin, underfed and sick.

‘When they saw her in prison on 9 October, she was looking like a zombie…she’s unrecognizable,’ he said. ‘She’s going bald due to stress and I don’t think she will survive there…she’s not tough enough.’

He continued: ‘She has a phobia about using someone else’s toilet. Now she has to share a toilet and a floor with a large number of people. That is not just awful, but traumatizing.’

Mr James lamented on his family’s helplessness and Laura’s fragility.

Tramadol is legal in Britain although users must have a prescription due to its high potency, but it is illegal in Egypt and it is known to be used as a heroin substitute, The Guardian wrote.

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The newspaper added that a spokesman for the Foreign Office assured they’re in touch with the family, saying: ‘We have been offering support to the British woman and her family since her detention in Egypt.’

Alan, a Yahoo user commented, “How did she get hold of 29 strips of tramadol without a prescription? If she is blagging the doctors in the UK to give her free opiates to SELL in Egypt then let her face the system. 290 tablets isn’t one months supply, it is 3 months+ for severe pain and they are a strictly controlled prescription. Let him pay for his own prescription in his own dump of a country, this is at best health tourism.

I know what is going on, the husband is still receiving prescription drugs at a UK address. Her husband must be laughing his balls off getting free meds. Or she is fraudulently claiming drugs for herself and saving them up. Both cases are illegal and I have absolutely no sympathy. 

Don’t worry luv he will be on the internet looking for the next desperate chump to smuggle free drugs for him. No excuse for idiocy.”

Shawty Lo Crash: Female Survivors identified; Daughter blasts Autopsy on Painkillers

Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker, the Atlanta rapper who died last month from a car crash, was said to have painkillers at the time of his death. An autopsy report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner, which was released by police, says his body oozed of alcohol. But his daughter if buying none of that.

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The rapper reportedly left Blue Flame Lounge, a popular strip club in the area, and was riding with two female occupants before the accident.

Shawty Lo, 40, was ejected from his 2016 Audi A7 car and he died on the spot but the other female occupants of the vehicle survived.

The girls who have been identified as Deshondria and Destini told investigators “they were pleading with (Walker) to slow down but he would not”, AJC.com wrote.

Shawty Lo, a father to 11 children, was not wearing his seat belt before the accident.

Read: U.S. Rapper Shawty Lo Had Painkillers At The Time Of His Death, Autopsy Reveals.

“The two females stated that the Decedent exited on the Cascade Road exit ramp and somehow went behind the guardrail onto the grass and then down the embankment,” the autopsy report reads.

“The Decedent lost control of the vehicle as the car hit the grass and began to fishtail before flipping over, crashing and catching fire. It appears that some of the vehicle’s content burned in the fire and some of the content came out of the vehicle and is spread about the general area.”

An earlier report quotes the police as claiming that the two passengers requested permission from cops at the scene to allow them take cash from the deceased, and they left behind only $16 in his pocket.

The D4L founder died of blunt force trauma, the autopsy stated.

He was best known for his solo debut single “Dey Know

Read: U.S. Rapper Dies In A Car Crash.

Ushers display a prayer shawl before presenting it to Shawty Lo's mother at the Saturday funeral service. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Meanwhile, the rapper’s daughter has taken to social media in defense of the news. She posted a video on Instagram, saying: “All these folk all up in our family business. Like, what does it matter if my dad did have some pills in his car. That’s none of y’all business.”

She advised: “Anybody a fool if they believe that – how the police allowed them to take his money and all this…All I can say is, everyone mine their own freakin’ business.”

U.S. Rapper Shawty Lo pad painkillers during crash

Shawty Lo’s autopsy has revealed that the rapper was on painkillers at the time of his death. He died 21 September in a car accident after losing control of his 2016 Audi vehicle and crashing into a tree in Atlanta.

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Latest reports on his autopsy say the D4L rapper died from blunt force trauma.

According to a report from TMZ, Shawty Lo was in possession of painkillers when he died. The Fulton County Medical Examiner stated that a prescription bottle labeled Promethazine was actually filled with Percocet and Vicodin.

The medical examiner said Shawty’s body smelt of alcohol, adding that toxicology result is yet to be released.

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Two females were with the rapper at the time of his death. Police stated in his autopsy report that the other two occupants of his vehicle asked officers if they could grab some cash from the dead man’s pockets. And the cops granted permission to their request.

The two girls left him with only $16 bucks, the report said.

Shawty Lo’s funeral was held earlier this month in Atlanta with a host of celebrities in attendance, The Boom Box reported.

Among the guests in attendance were Waka Flocka Flame’s mom, Debra Antney, and reality star Benzino.

Fellow rapper Boosie Badazz made an appearance at the funeral via Skype.

“Bankhead, the streets, the world, lost a real one,” he was quoted as telling mourners.

The deceased rapper’s coffin was paraded around town by a horse and carriage after the burial ceremony. His fans, friends and family cried out his name as their voice echoed to the high heavens in memory of a beloved son and brother.

“He wasn’t ashamed of who he was and where he came from. He always showed respect for Bankhead,” said Lo’s Manager Johnnie Cabbell, according to The Boom Box.