Female Viagra: FDA Finally Approves Addyi

FDA Finally Approves Female Viagra
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As FDA approves Addyi, the first drug to help women in treat sexual dysfunction, it is already tagged female Viagra on the streets.

The United States of America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Flibanserin, a drug for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in women that have not reached menopause. The drug is now popularly known female Viagra.

Experts say the drug cannot be technically classified as Viagra because it works differently from the male sex enhancing drug. While Viagra increases blood flow to the male reproductive organ in order to treat erectile dysfunction, Flibanserin works on the central nervous system to induce sexual desire in women.

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The drug which would be sold under the trade name Addyi was rejected for approval twice by the Food and Drug Administration because of side effects. Patients who drink alcohol while taking the drug run the risk of syncope and low blood pressure. Other common side effects of the female Viagra include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, insomnia and dry mouth.

Cindy Whitehead, chief executive officer of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the producers of Flibanserin, said in an official statement after the drug was approved;

It has been a remarkable journey to get to this breakthrough moment. Today we celebrate what this approval means for all women who have long awaited a medical treatment option for this life impacting condition.

Speaking about the side effects, Cindy Whitehead whose company is based in North Carolina said that patients who use the medication would be educated. According to her, health care providers who prescribe the female Viagra would be required to complete an intense training before dispensing.

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In clinical trials, women who took the drugs experienced a 37% increase in sexual desire according to Sprout Pharmaceuticals. Addyi is estimated to cost the same as regular Viagra.

This development is indeed a boost for the sexual life of women as Viagra has been the only sexual enhancement drug for men with no alternative for their female counterparts until the advent of Addyi, also known as female Viagra on the streets.

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