Addyi, the Female Viagra

Sexual dysfunction is defined as the inability to engage in normal and pleasant sexual activity. Contrary to what many people may think, not only men suffer from this condition. While the drug used by men, Viagra, is known worldwide due to extensive advertising and also being mentioned multiple times in medicine related news and articles, the women counterpart is not that famous. female_viagra

Its name is Addyi, a trade name for flibanserin.

The history of the drug is a bit unusual since its first evaluation in October of 2010 by Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America was negative, so the company that was developing it, Boehringer Ingelheim, was forced to stop. But almost 5 years later, in August 2015, Sprout Pharmaceuticals managed to have the drug approved.

It has been proven to increase the frequency of monthly normal sexual activities from 1 to 1.5 times. The placebo effect has also been excluded after extensive trials with patients.

Even though its effectiveness has been documented, its side effects have caused women to be hesitant when it comes to taking it. Some of the possible side effects are:

– Feeling of dizziness

– Fatigue and sleepiness

– Inability to sleep (insomnia)

– Nausea.

All of the above are not very rare but should not be considered as something to seriously worry about, but if they persist, the patient should seek medical advice.

However, there are also some more serious side effects that may be very rare, but require immediate medical attention as soon as they are noticed. These are:

– Feeling severely dizzy or sleepy

– Fainting

– Sudden drop of blood pressure to very low levels. It could be accompanied by blurry vision or signs of depression.

The medical doctor prescribing Addyi should be informed of all drugs the woman is taking. Some of the most important ones that need to be pointed out are:

– Various supplements that contain resveratrol or ginkgo.

– Drugs that are used by patients suffering from high blood pressure like Cardizem, Vaprisol or Calan.

– Drugs that are used to battle infections caused by fungi like Nizoral, Sporanox, Noxafil and Diflucan.

– Some drugs that are used against HIV-1 infections like Crixivan, Lexiva, Reyataz and Norvir.

– Antibiotics including Cipro, Ketek and Biaxin. lips

The medical examiner should also be informed if the woman who is about to start using the drug has a history of low blood pressure, if she suffers from depression or any other kind of disorder that affects her mental health, any sort of liver problems or a history of abusing alcohol.

It is also very important to avoid combining the consumption of alcohol with taking Addyi since the resulting reactions can be severe.

The aforementioned information should be used strictly as a way to inform potential users of the drug and not as a reason to panic or avoid taking the drug simply because of irrational fear. Following your medical doctor’s advice is the best way to ensure a healthy and pleasant sexual intercourse. Make sure you also inform your doctor if flibanserin has no effect on you after 8 weeks of usage so that he can adjust your dosage or find some other way to improve its effectiveness.