Will ibuprofen block muscle building after intense exercise?
"A study published in 2001 by exercise physiologist William J. Evans of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and his colleagues showed that both ibuprofen and, to the researchers' surprise, acetaminophen (Tylenol) blocked new muscle synthesis after intense weight training exercise.
Evans' group studied 24 men in their 20s and divided them into three groups -- one that got ibuprofen, one that got acetaminophen and one that got a dummy drug -- after a weight workout of the legs that brought the subject to the point of exhaustion. The researchers also took muscle biopsies -- small samples of muscle tissue -- before and after the exercise, and did numerous other tests.
They found that both ibuprofen and acetaminophen suppress the body's normal response to muscle damage (and thus repair) after exercise.
So, should you skip the over-the-counter painkillers after a tough strength-training workout? Probably. If you can stand the muscle soreness and really want to bulk up.
On the other hand, even people who routinely take ibuprofen to control pain, such as those with chronic arthritis, can build muscle mass very well, said Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff, an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy at Tufts University. So far, he said, people with rheumatoid arthritis seem to "do as well or better than healthy people not taking" ibuprofen in terms of muscle protein synthesis."
This was just one study I found. Doesn't look like it's all that scientific, but do you guys have any knowledge of the subject?
It's a bit disapointing to think that all that work in the gym was for 'nothing'.
The pain from Test Prop and some others is overwhelming sometimes, which makes the use of some of these meds a must.