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Statins and blood pressure tablets do not cause impotence, despite previous warnings, a study has shown.

Scientists found no link between the drugs and erectile dysfunction after monitoring more than 2,100 men.

Any bedroom problems may be psychological or a side effect of clogged arteries, they found. It is hoped the results will encourage more men to take statins, following claims that tens of thousands die every year after refusing to take the drugs due to perceived side effects.

The study’s lead author, Dr Philip Joseph, of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, said: ‘Men who develop erectile dysfunction while on medications commonly attribute their symptoms to the medications. Our findings suggest that these two medications do not negatively impact erectile function, which should be reassuring to men who are taking them.’

The latest findings are published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.