What is the female libido enhancement drug?

After a couple of rejections and years of discussion, the female libido enhancement drug was finally approved by FDA. So, is it really a “female Viagra”? Who can take this medication and what are the risks?

The trade name of the non-hormonal drug Flibanserin is “Addyi”, and it is developed and distributed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals.

How does it work?

Although the drug is commonly known as “female Viagra”, the two are completely different. First of all, you can’t just take the Flibanserin and then several hours later magically acquire the desire for sex.

Unlike Viagra, which works by increasing the blood flow and therefore enhancing performance, Flibanserin drug is trying to balance the chemicals in the brain that are responsible for desire.

So basically, the Viagra can help men who experience desire, but are unable to perform, while Flibanserin helps women who lack the initial desire.

Who can take Flibanserin?

The drug is prescribed to pre-menopausal women who suffer from the hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). That means that the lack of desire comes from an actual disorder, rather than psychological or other factors, like having problems in the relationship, being too tired, being stressed, or uncomfortable. HSDD occurs when you had a normal desire at certain point, then you've lost it, and it’s been gone for some time.

It is important that you check with your doctor if you think you have HSDD. Women nowadays are under enough social pressure that could affect the sex drive, so it is important to make sure that you actually have a biological dysfunction.

What are the risks?

It has been stressed many a time that the drug is not to be taken with alcohol. Furthermore, it is prescribed to healthy women who don’t take any other medication, especially sleep aids. Finally, there are several side effects of Flibanserin. The most common include fatigue, dizziness and nausea.