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Female Viagra

Female Viagra.  On August 8, 2015 The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication Addyi also known as Flibanserin to treat acquired generalized Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.  Or what we women refer to as a low sex drive.  Men have Viagra, Cialis, Stendra, and Levitra for erectile dsyfunction.

Renowned Sex Therapist and author Tammy Nelson writes the lack of sales in the past couple of months since Addyi hit the pharmacy shelves indicates Addyi is no Female Viagra.  Just over 200 women have receive the prescription.  She states the drug is dangerous.

An FDA new release dated 8/18/15 approving Addyi provides the following information:

  1.  Addyi is marketed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals in North Carolina.
  2. Addyi is the first treatment for sexual desire disorder.
  3. Approved to treat Premenopausal women.
  4. Will only be available through certified health care professionals and certified pharmacies as interaction with Alcohol can be potentially serious.
  5. Can cause severely low blood pressure (Hypotension) and loss of consciousness.  Risks are increased and more severe when alcohol is consumed or other medications are taken along with Addyi.
  6. Alcohol is contraindicated and must be abstained.
  7. Studies show most common adverse reactions are dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, fatigue, insomnia and dry mouth.

The FDA does recognize the challenges in developing treatments for female sexual dysfunction and has held a patient-focused drug development meeting and scientific workshop to solicit perspectives about their condition and its impact on daily life, and to discuss and continue to encourage the scientific challenges in developing drugs to treat these disorders.

In the meantime, it’s important not to rely so much on drugs to manage a challenging situation. As a Marriage Counselor working with women with low sexual desire I help couples open up a dialog about female sexuality and how to improve a client’s sex life naturally through communication and experimentation.  In Couples Counseling being able to talk about thoughts and feelings regarding what kind of sex you want develops and maintains the intimacy needed to keep the passion alive and connection in tact.

For more information about sexual dysfunction or how to develop open communication about your sex life please contact me at (858) 735-1139.