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Addyi: all your questions answered about the new "Female Viagra"

Women from around Chicago (and especially their husbands!) are asking me all about Flibanserin, also knows as Addyi or "the Female Viagra" — the brand new drug to treat HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) or low libido. I recently got the certification to prescribe this new medication, so I want to address people's concerns and questions as best as I can, and give some information. More information can be found on the FDA's website, which has several posts if you want to read more.

What is Addyi for and who should be on it?

About one in 10 women are affected by hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), and Addyi is a "little pill" to help boost counteract this and boost a woman's libido.

Unlike Viagra, which creates blood flow to a man's penis, flibanserin balances a woman's neurotransmitters.

If you love, and are attracted to, your partner but your libido just never seems to be kicking in, this is for you. Not being in the mood can seem normal in a longterm, committed relationship, but it doesn't have to be.  This medication is for women who want their libido back in order to bring back a normal sexual relationship which is so essential to a healthy relationship and a personal sense of well-being.

Your libido is comprised of hormones and neurotransmitters. Sexual desire and how often you think about sex is determined by norepinephrine and serotonin. The correct combination of these creates libido, your sexual desire.

Women who suffer from HSDD, want to feel sexual desire but don't.

How much libido will this actually give me?

This is a drug and not a hormone. It's for controlling the neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin that affect a woman's sex drive.

The goal of this drug is to balance sexual desire in those lacking it, not to make them total "sex fiends." To this end, Addyi is extremely successful. For some, this drug will not work and the statistics for this drug reflect that. However, on the high end of the spectrum, some women reported 8-10 more satisfying sexual experiences.

For what ages does this work best?

The women that participated in this study for the FDA were heterosexual women (though it shouldn't make a difference for its effectiveness), who had been in a relationship for at least 10 years, and had been suffering from HSDD for a least four years.

The FDA study only included women that were pre-menopausal, however other studies show significant statistical data for increased libido in postmenopausal women.

Are there any serious side effects?

Surprisingly, there are very few side effects with Addyi (sleepiness, sluggishness, and nausea). And it does not cause weight gain.

However, drinking with this drug is discouraged, since studies found a drop in blood pressure in heavy drinkers where they passed out. But, 58% percent of moderate drinkers were unaffected.

Of course, we all want to know if we can get our romance on over a few cocktails and still be fine. We cannot condone drinking with this drug, because this is a "centrally-acting" drug, which should not mix with alcohol.

How do I know for sure that I have HSDD and am not just in a normal "slump"?

It's totally normal to not want to have sex under circumstances that would normally turn you off. Stress, arguments, smells, fatigue, the kids!, etc. are all normal libido killers. Under these circumstances, most people have a drop in sexual desire. However, if you are extremely attracted to your partner, yet have no sexual desire and there are no extenuating circumstances... you may be a good candidate for Addyi.

Can flibanserin (Addyi) be trusted?

Viagra was tested on 3,000 participants of the clinical trial prior to being approved by the FDA. In contrast, 11,000 women were tested in the clinical trials of flibanserin--the FDA only requires 1k participants--thus, this medication has gone through rigorous, scientific testing.

The FDA has rigorous standards and it usually takes 10-15 years for a drug to be approved. Only one of 5,000 new medications actually make it on the market. The FDA typically makes drug companies undergo additional testing. Addyi went through more than 60 studies before being approved.

Will Addyi Actually Work For Me, or Just "Kind Of" Work?

A shocking 53% of women reported an increase in their sexual desire, and that their number of satisfying sexual experiences doubled! Also these women reported that their stress about sex decreased by an average of 29%.

Where Can I Get Addyi? 
It is now available, but not everywhere. You have to find a "certified prescriber" for Addyi and a pharmacists that has been certified. The good news is Dr. Kafali is one of the first doctors in Chicago to be a "certified prescriber" and can determine if Addyi is right for you!

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