Painkillers might help build muscles: study

April 10, 2008 1:42:54 PM PDT
Older adults lifting weights regularly for 3 months, who also take recommended daily doses of ibuprofen or acetaminophen, had greater increases in muscle mass strength.

The study reported at the American Physiological Society meeting found taking drugs such as Advil or Tylenol regularly during resistance training seems to trigger a metabolic response that promotes this health benefit.

In the study, the muscle of the ibuprofen and acetaminophen users got 40 to 60 percent bigger than the placebo group.

Authors say the findings were somewhat surprising.