N.O.-Xplode is one of a series of popular muscle-building formulas on the market. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve the muscle-building claims made by BSN, the company behind N.O.-Xplode. There’s also a limited amount of scientific data available as to the side effects of taking N.O.-Xplode.

Of increasing concern is the possibility of harmful side effects related to this product. For instance, is erectile dysfunction (ED) a concern for those who take N.O.-Xplode?

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How Does N.O.-Xplode Work?

According to the BSN website, the product was “the first complete pre-workout supplement.” BSN claims that N.O.-Xplode will “deliver explosive energy, enhanced endurance, and maximum performance.”

BSN actively credits a special combination of ingredients, all of which are meant to help customers get the most out of their workouts. You’ll find a list of those ingredients on their site.

Some of the more controversial ingredients are L-arginine, creatine, and caffeine.

L-Arginine and ED

L-arginine, one of the ingredients in N.O.-Xplode, is an amino acid often found in raisins, nuts, and seeds. According to an article published by the University of Michigan, L-arginine is often marketed as nitric oxide. It’s sold as a standalone supplement or as an ingredient in products like N.O.-Xplode.

There’s no conclusive evidence as to how L-arginine impacts erectile dysfunction. The studies that do exist are not recent or conclusive.

A 2003 study suggested that L-arginine helped relieve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. However, L-arginine was not administered alone. Instead, it was given to participants in the study in conjunction with pycnogenol. Pycnogenol is known to help increase nitric oxide production. Together, they are thought to enable penile erections.

More information is needed to determine exactly how this ingredient impacts penile erection on its own.

Creatine and ED

According to a report by David Schlundt, Ph.D., for Vanderbilt University, creatine is a naturally occurring substance found in red muscle tissue. About half of the creatine used for fitness naturally occurs in your body. The rest comes from your diet. Meats and fish are a good source of creatine.

Creatine is one of the few performance-enhancing substances allowed by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Fans of N.O.-Xplode consider creatine an important supplement for obtaining the desired muscle-building results. A worry for men who use creatine supplements or products like N.O.-Xplode that contain creatine is how it might affect penile function.

While there are anecdotal stories about how creatine lowered libido, no evidence exists as of yet that creatine has a negative (or positive) impact on a man’s sexual health.

Creatine and Caffeine

Creatine and caffeine are the main ingredients in N.O.-Xplode. These two substances can interact negatively in certain circumstances, though there are limited studies of how creatine interacts with just caffeine. Existing research seems to suggest that caffeine may actually blunt the intended effects of creatine.

N.O.-Xplode Side Effects

Are there side effects directly tied to N.O.-Xplode? Possibly, but reliable information is largely unavailable. Due to the lack of peer-reviewed research, it’s important to pay close attention to reported side effects that concern N.O.-Xplode ingredients.

For instance, if you have herpes, it’s best to avoid anything containing L-arginine. There’s evidence that L-arginine encourages the spread of the herpes virus in the body.

As for creatine, this substance may cause the following side effects:

  • cramping
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea

In rare cases, kidney failure was reported after high doses of creatine.

The negative effects of caffeine on the body include:

  • irregular heartbeat
  • dehydration
  • difficulty sleeping
  • increased dependency on caffeine

The FDA reports that a caffeine overdose, while rare, can be fatal and advises consumers to be mindful of their daily intake.

Until further studies become available, it’s best to approach N.O.-Xplode usage with caution. If you know that certain ingredients cause you to experience negative side effects, avoid using N.O.-Xplode.

Does N.O.-Xplode Cause ED?

There are no studies linking N.O.-Xplode and ED. If you take N.O.-Xplode and notice a decrease in libido or the onset of ED, stop taking the supplement immediately. This will help determine if N.O.-Xplode is the cause of your erectile dysfunction.

If ED is no longer an issue once you stop taking the supplement, it’s possible that N.O.-Xplode was to blame. Consult your doctor to be sure that there is not another underlying cause.

When to See a Doctor

If you are worried about how N.O.-Xplode will affect your body and performance or if you experience any side effects while taking the supplement, speak to a medical professional. They can help determine the cause of your symptoms or ED. Often, ED is an indication of an as yet undiagnosed but serious health condition.