FDA Approves Addyi, The ‘Female Viagra’

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Credit: morguefile.com

Hey ladies, did you hear the good news?

The FDA just approved Addyi, which is a libido-boosting pill for women, after two previous versions of the drug were rejected.

All we can say is finally!

There have been countless drugs approved and sold for men, most notably Viagra, to enhance their sex drive and cure erectile dysfunction. But, if a woman was distressed about a low sex-drive, there were not as many options for her.

Now, don’t get us wrong, labeling this little, pink pill as a “female Viagra” is not really accurate.

Erectile dysfunction is a physical problem, while Addyi helps with issues that have more do to with the chemicals in a woman’s brain. That’s why it is actually in a category that is more similar to an antidepressant.

Nonetheless, many people are seeing this FDA approval as a breakthrough.

Addyi is approved to reach the market by October, but it comes with several side effect warnings including low blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, insomnia and dry mouth. It is also stressed that women cannot drink alcohol while taking this pill.

Many specialists believe that this prescribed daily pill should only be used in conjunction with sex therapy or other methods to help hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Since a lot of sex-drive issues in women can also be the results of confidence or relationship issues, taking Addyi may not be the right decision for every woman.

Regardless, the research and approval of treatment options for sexual health issues is a privilege that men have automatically received in the past, so extending that for women is a step in the right direction!

What do you think about this “female Viagra?!”

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