Posted from: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 10:41 AM - Present

First Female Sexual Dysfunction Medication Approved

August 18, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Addyi™ (flibanserin), the first medication to boost sexual desire in women.  Addyi, manufactured by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, is indicated for acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.  HSDD involves low sexual desire that is unrelated to other identifiable causes, such as physical, mental illnesses, relationship issues or side-effects from other medications.  HSDD is acquired in women who previously had no problems with sexual desire and is generalized when it occurs regardless of sexual activity, situation or partner.  It is estimated that up to 16 million American women may be affected. Drinking alcohol or using certain other prescription medications (including some antibiotics, some antiepileptic drugs, some antifungal drugs, some antivirals and opioids) while taking Addyi can cause blood pressure decreases low enough to result in fainting. Due to the potentially serious alcohol interaction, FDA required a boxed warning and a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Addyi and will only be available through certified pharmacies.

 

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